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Wedding Tip of the Week: Receiving Line Advice

Traditional Wedding Receiving Line

Receiving line: Do we have to do it and who stands in it?

When people hear the words receiving line, they cringe. It is something less people are doing and no, it is not required at a wedding. They do serve a purpose though. As hosts of the event, the couple should make sure to greet every guest and thank them for coming. Doing a receiving line will save the couple time from having to greet everyone at the reception.

Bottom Line: If you decide to have one, the traditional line includes the couple, the parents, and the bridesmaids. The order of that line would be the bride’s parents (mom first), groom’s parents, bride, groom, maid of honor, and then the rest of the bridesmaids. If the groom is in the military and in uniform, then that is the only time he should stand before the bride. This is the traditional line, but I have seen entire wedding parties to just the couple themselves stand to receive people

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