Wedding Ceremony Q&As

Answers to who walks when, who stands where, and other ways to make sure your ceremony is perfect.

Q: When we marry next summer, our ceremony will be held outdoors and the reception indoors. Though the weather may be extremely hot, should we have the receiving line outdoors too? And how can I make my guests comfortable during the ceremony? 

A: First of all, don’t even think about having your receiving line outside. You won’t want any of your guests to collapse from the heat! After your ceremony, proceed to the indoor location and welcome guests as they enter the venue, or greet everyone during the cocktail hour. You can even forgo the formal receiving line and make the rounds at your reception, visiting everyone at their tables. No matter what method you choose, your friends and family will have the opportunity to wish you well and appreciate your “thanks for coming” acknowledgment.

As for how to keep your guests comfortable during the ceremony, you have a number of options: Make sure there are enough chairs at the site, and if possible situate elderly guests in the shade. You can also set up a table nearby with a basket of handheld fans and a bin of bottled ice water (you can order personalized labels from or myownweddinglabels.comBy providing these thoughtful considerations you’re ensuring your guests will be cool and comfortable.

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