Wedding Receiving Line Etiquette—Greeting Your Guests with Style

Written by Jean Bachcroft

Even though it’s a great tradition with a long history, some couples choose not to greet their guests in a receiving line fearing that this might take too long. Frank Gregoli, a top New York party planner says realistically, one should allow 30 minutes for every 100 people inrepparttar line. If this time allotment fits within your plans and you’d like to be certain that you personally welcome and thank each of your guests, read on.

Knowrepparttar 144469 Basics

Being familiar withrepparttar 144470 basics of what a receiving line is all about will immediately help you to feel comfortable with this elegant formality.

Exactly when and whererepparttar 144471 receiving line is formed is really based upon your particular situation. In general, people like to form their line either inrepparttar 144472 vestibule right afterrepparttar 144473 ceremony or atrepparttar 144474 entrance torepparttar 144475 reception area.

Withrepparttar 144476 exception ofrepparttar 144477 groom, this is really a lady’s affair. Here’srepparttar 144478 lineup: first in line isrepparttar 144479 bride’s mother, followed byrepparttar 144480 bride,repparttar 144481 groom and, next to him, his mother.

Dads, groomsmen, bridesmaids, and children inrepparttar 144482 wedding party generally are not a part ofrepparttar 144483 receiving line. If for some reason you choose to include any of these people, keep in mind that every person you add will causerepparttar 144484 line to proceed slower.

Short and Sweet

Once everyone is in position,repparttar 144485 rule should be to keep greetings brief yet warm and sincere. This will avoid a bottleneck. If there is time before your wedding day, review your list of guests withrepparttar 144486 groom and parents. A little homework never hurts.

Since your mother and you arerepparttar 144487 first in line, it’s expected that relatives and friends of his side ofrepparttar 144488 family will introduce themselves to each of you. As your relatives and friends proceed, you should introduce them torepparttar 144489 groom and his mother.

Alcohol and Wedding Receptions—Everything You Will Need to Know

Written by Jean Bachcroft

Sure you want your guests to enjoy themselves at your wedding reception, but if you don’t want to breakrepparttar bank orrepparttar 144468 law here’s what you will need to know, including how to calculate how much to buy.

Unquestionably, one ofrepparttar 144469 hottest topics that must be dealt with when planning a wedding reception is whether to have an open bar or a cash bar. Why does this particular topic tend to be so controversial?

Well, for one thing, some people will tell you that it would be rude to invite guests to your reception, then ask them to pay for their own drinks. Onrepparttar 144470 other hand, an open bar—at which your guests drink for free, perhaps intorepparttar 144471 wee hours ofrepparttar 144472 morning if they last that long—could leave you with a bill that will forever remain etched in your memory.

Both points of view are well taken. It’s true that one wouldn’t ordinarily invite people to dinner or a party withrepparttar 144473 expectation that they will pay for what you serve. But it is equally true that people tend to be overly indulgent, not to mention downright wasteful, with alcohol they aren’t paying for. They will take a sip or two, set their glass down and begin talking, then walk away. Later, instead of returning for their glass, they will head forrepparttar 144474 bar to order yet another drink. So, what’srepparttar 144475 answer?

Options, Anyone

There really isn’t a correct answer, but there are options. You could:

*Serve free champagne punch. Since it is relatively light in terms of alcohol content, your guests aren’t as likely to become obnoxious, even if they’ve had more than their fair share.

*Have an open bar forrepparttar 144476 first hour or two. This approach will prevent you from feeling, and looking, like a cheapskate but will allow you to keep your bank account inrepparttar 144477 black.

*Have each table set to includerepparttar 144478 allocated bottles of wine or champagne. For example, a table seating six to eight people might be decked with two bottles of wine or champagne. Since you can expect each bottle to hold between 4 and six glassfuls, everyone will have one to two glasses for dinner andrepparttar 144479 toast. (Obviously, you will want to haverepparttar 144480 toast as early as possible to avoid an embarrassing situation in which guests will be forced to hold up empty glasses.)

*Userepparttar 144481 open-and-shut-case approach. This requires purchasing beer kegs or cases of good-quality beer, plus several cases of good-quality wine. Since you have purchasedrepparttar 144482 supply in advance, you will determine just how much is being spent on drinks.

For guests who insist upon drinking untilrepparttar 144483 cows come home or would like something stronger, make a cash bar available.

*Have waiters and waitresses serve drinks from a tray. This approach is not only stylish, it is also quite cost effective because you remain in control of how much is consumed.

Choose a few different drinks to be served, including beer and wine. Then haverepparttar 144484 staff circulate throughoutrepparttar 144485 reception area at pre-scheduled intervals. Perhapsrepparttar 144486 waiters and waitresses might offer drinks whenrepparttar 144487 reception starts, then just before or during dinner, then a few times later inrepparttar 144488 evening but not throughoutrepparttar 144489 night. With tray service, you guest will not pay for their drinks, but this will still be a lot cheaper than having an open bar.

At-home Receptions

If you are planning to have your reception in a home or backyard and you will not be using a caterer, here is what you will need to know.

In this situation, a cash bar is simply not one ofrepparttar 144490 available choices. It is againstrepparttar 144491 law to sell alcohol without a liquor license. (You wouldn’t want to spend your honeymoon inrepparttar 144492 pokey.)

Ifrepparttar 144493 home is not equipped with one, you will need a rented bar (or a sturdy table or two, dressed torepparttar 144494 floor or ground with linen). Plan to stockrepparttar 144495 bar or table(s) with beer, vodka, rum, whiskey, tequila, cordials (liqueur), brandy, gin, wine, sparkling juice, and possibly punch.

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