Wedding Reception Frequently Asked Questions Answered

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When planning a wedding reception, many couples are clueless as to how it traditionally progresses or have questions about basic reception etiquette. This is completely normal. You want to be sure and get these questions answered and everything in order well in advance. A chaotic reception is definitely not what you want. Below are some frequently asked questions for you to keep in mind.

What is the purpose of the receiving line?

The purpose of the receiving line is to greet your guests and for everyone in the line to introduce themselves, state their position and their relationship to the bride and groom and extend a “thank you” for attending the wedding. The receiving line normally stands at the entrance of the reception area and includes the bride and groom and the parents of each.

Who sits at what table when it comes to the wedding party, etc.?

Normally, the bride, groom, bridesmaids and groomsmen all sit at one table.If you are having one parent’s table, both sets of parents and grandparents sit here. At this table, also consider aunts, uncles, godparents, clergy or other close relatives.

What is the order in which we enter the hall?

This is optional, but most couples that have a DJ at their reception like the idea of an introduction. If this is what you intend to do, here is the order in which their names will be called and they walk in separately.

  • Bride’s parents
  • Groom’s parents
  • Groomsmen and bridesmaids
  • Best man and maid of honor
  • Flower girl and ring bearer
  • Bride and groom

You want to be sure that the DJ has a list of all the wedding party, including their first and last names, who they are, their role in the wedding, and the order in which to announce them. Check twice, as this is very important.

Are favors handed out before or after dinner, and are they for everyone?

These days, favors are indeed for every single guest. You can choose when to give them out. You can wait until after dinner and have a table set up, or another popular choice is to already have them on the dinner table for each person. The choice is yours. Some couples even forgo favors altogether if it is not in their budget. The rules are not strict when it comes to favors, so you can even be creative with how you deal with them.

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