Old Rule: The bride and groom need to greet their guests either in a receiving line or by going table to table. Raquel's Rule: Receiving lines can be a mess, and they're outdated. They can create a bottleneck of guests and take the bride and groom away from the party and the photographer. The old adage that you should greet every guest at your wedding still stands, but you don't actually need a receiving line or go table to table to make that happen. Try a cocktail mingle, make a point as you move through the evening to touch base with every guest, or at the very least do a "couple's toast" where you can publicly address everyone present and thank them for coming from near and far to join you. Old Rule: There MUST be a head table at which the bridal party (without dates) sits at the reception. Raquel's Rule: The Bridal Party, along with their dates, parents of the Bride and Groom and even the Bride and Groom, can sit wherever they please. We still see the traditional head table with the bridal party, but it almost always includes the dates of the bridal party. More often, the Bride and Groom sit with their just their Honor Attendants and dates and, perhaps, each set of Parents and possibly include the wedding officiant. Brides and Grooms have also sat alone at a small table called a "sweetheart table." That, too, is moving out of fashion.
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