Is It Tacky to Have a Receiving Line with Shots at Your Wedding?

Receiving Line

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Serving alcohol is a fundamental, celebratory facet of most weddings. But what happens when your hubby wants to host a receiving line with shots in lieu of the traditional meet-and-greet? Our etiquette experts weigh in on how to decide if a receiving line with shots is entertaining — or just plain tacky.

Arranging a receiving line with shots is certainly a festive manner for greeting guests — especially for a wedding geared towards diehard revelers. However, a receiving line with shots does send a very specific message about the tone of the fete; namely, that the shindig is in favor of any rowdy or riotous behavior that may occur. If you strongly dislike the idea of a shot-laden receiving line, communicate your specific concerns to your husband in a manner that is solution-driven, not critical.

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There is always room for compromise. Instead of taking shots during the receiving line, you might suggest substituting in single-sip champagne toasts, or encouraging your guests to take a collective shot before beginning the speech portion of your reception. Nothing will bring your wedding to a screeching halt faster than guests with alcohol poisoning from overindulgence in spirits, so make sure to consider more restrained options before approving the idea.

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