Does the bride host the reception

by Heidi Keller
(Mtn View, Arkansas)

This is a question about guests.

My wedding was 2 weeks ago. Since then I've had two friends complain; one complained that I didn't introduce her to my husband and the other complained that I didn't introduce her to my brother.

I feel a little peeved about their complaints because I feel like they had the opportunity to introduce themselves - or they could have said, "Hey, introduce me to so and so." That was the biggest day of my life, I was involved with a lot of things and barely had time to sit down and take a breather. My husband and I went in different directions a time or two - I had no idea who has met, and who hasn't.

But am I really suppose to grab everyone and introduce them to everyone else individually? Am I suppose to play bride and hostess at my own wedding reception? They both just sat at their tables and never got up but to eat. All they had to do was mingle, or ask that I introduce them to whomever - or introduce themselves!

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Oct 11, 2011
Bridal introductions
by: Dandelion

Best wishes in honor of your marriage!

There are two questions here which have two different answers. Your first friend should have been introduced to your husband, either in the receiving line (if you had one) or at the reception as you went around and greeted everyone. The newly-married couple does need to make sure they mingle at the reception and thank their guests for coming--individually and in person, not simply written on the favors or announced over the loudspeaker.

The second friend's request, that you find an apparently random (though closely-related) person and introduce them, is lovely if it happens but not really reasonable to expect of the bride (or groom) at this time. Wedding receptions are, however, a completely acceptable time to introduce yourself to anyone in whom you have an interest.

Apr 26, 2011
an easy solution
by: Anonymous

whatever happened to receiving lines. you may think they're dated or inconvenient, but they're really delightful and important

Nov 19, 2010
by: Anonymous

No, you were busy at you own wedding. You should not have been expected to introduce people. (After my wedding, we left to go on our honeymoon; elderly relatives were angry that we didn't stop and visit them first!). Your friends could have introduced themselves.

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