It is inappropriate to have food or beverage with you when going through the receiving line. Either wait to have a cocktail or hors d’oeurves until after you have greeted the wedding party, or leave your glass and or plate on a table or tray provided for dirty plates and glasses. This etiquette rule applies to the wedding party as well. It does not matter if it is over 90 degrees outside and you need a drink. Please wait.
Please do not place a glass or plate on a ledge, pedestal, chair, guest registry table or any other convenient but inappropriate surface.