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Re: Wedding etiquette in greeting guests

The bride and groom are responsible for greeting their guests. If you've invited so many people you can't keep track of them or even acknowledge their attendance, maybe you shouldn't have invited them to begin with.

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Re: Wedding etiquette in greeting guests

Even at a large wedding with possibily too many people to greet individually, then at least the B&G should go from table to table to greet & thank.


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Re: Wedding etiquette in greeting guests

Usually, the bride & groom go table to table and say a couple of words. At my daughter's wedding, her Dad & I picked up the slack for some of the tables as there was just so many people - plus it did give us a chance to meet some of the people.

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Re: Wedding etiquette in greeting guests

Absolutely the bride and groom should go to each table and thank guests for taking the time to attend their wedding.  To not do so shows very poor manners.

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Re: Wedding etiquette in greeting guests

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@QP Doll wrote:

Is it up to the bride & groom to greet guests or should it be up to the guests to approach & greet the bride & groom?


I think so.  This is when the Bride usually gets those "envelopes" stuffed with cash cause not everyone buys a gift from a registry.

*Call Tyrone*
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Re: Wedding etiquette in greeting guests

I have consulted with the queen of everything regarding manners, Miss Peggy Post.  She says that things have not changed regardless of the size of the wedding.  All guests have to be greeted by the bride and groom.  They can choose either a receiving line or they must visit each table during the reception.  This must happen at the expense of photo time or the bride and groom eating their meal, etc.  She stated that people in attentance will not remember details, but will remember that the couple spoke to them and thanked them for coming to their special day.  

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Re: Wedding etiquette in greeting guests

I think it's up to the bride and groom to do this.  I've been to weddings, however, where I wasn't acknowledged at all and I find that very rude.  It's an ignorant world we live in; getting worse all the time.

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Re: Wedding etiquette in greeting guests

I've been to weddings where there was a receiving line outside the church, so that the wedding party would greet the guests as they departed the church as well as ones where there is a receiving line just inside the door of the dining room at the reception.  

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Re: Wedding etiquette in greeting guests

The best and traditional way is to form a receiving line.  

 

The reason for this tradition is so that all guests get to see the bride and groom and wish them well, as well as be greeted.

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Re: Wedding etiquette in greeting guests

After the ceremony, there should be a receiving line where guests pass the bride and groom and will offer their congratulations and best wishes.

At the reception, the bride and groom should make their way around to greet their guests and thank them for coming.