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Wedding etiquette in greeting guests

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

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Re: Wedding etiquette in greeting guests

The bride and groom should do that.

 

Anyone that hosts a party should personally greet their guests.

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Re: Wedding etiquette in greeting guests

either way works......most weddings i have been to have had a receiving line OR the bride/groom go to the tables to greet and thank guests.

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Re: Wedding etiquette in greeting guests

I agree - if guests are seated at tables during the reception, the bride and groom should visit each one.

 

If guests are not seated at specific tables (a cocktail-type reception), then there should be a receiving line with the bride and groom and their parents (or close family members) when guests enter. Smiley Happy

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Re: Wedding etiquette in greeting guests

We did not have assigned tables so we did a receiving line. We also tried to speak to everyone at some point for a few min but with everyone milling about you are sure to miss people.

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Re: Wedding etiquette in greeting guests

I have not seen a receiving line in decades.

 Many of the weddings we have been to, the couple did not go around to greet the guests, such poor manners.  I enjoy and thank the ones who do spend the time to go around and talk to their guests.

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Re: Wedding etiquette in greeting guests

If there is a receiving line, the guests approach the couple.  If not, or in addition, the couple should go around to each guest.


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Re: Wedding etiquette in greeting guests

I think absolutely it is up to the bride and groom to approach the guests at the rececption, even if there already was a receiving line. The newlyweds should be showing gratitiude to the people that took the time to travel to the event, whether near of far. Most if not all will give gifts. Whatever the current etiquette may be, I think it is kind of selfish to not greet the guests, and really the newlyweds should just be doing this as a natural act with no need to question hhmmm what should we do.


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Re: Wedding etiquette in greeting guests

I would think it depends on the size of the wedding.  If it is a very big wedding it would be virtually impossible to greet every one without a receiving line, and guests I would think would not expect a personal greeting.  In that case, guests would make a point of going up to the couple for a hug, hand shake, or simple "Congratulations!  It was a beautiful wedding.  Thank you for inviting us" and move along.

 

Small wedding?  Yes, they should greet guests either in a line or by seeking them out.

 

We did not have an issue with that.  We were poor and it was a cake and punch reception for about 35 people all crammed into mom's house.  You couldn't msis anyone if you tried!  LOL!

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Re: Wedding etiquette in greeting guests

It doesn't matter one way or the other.  It depends on the circumstances.