Kabbalat Panim

Kabbalat Panim, which literally means “Greeting of Faces,” is the opening reception of the wedding. During the Kabbalat Panim the bride and groom are truly graced in their roles as King and Queen for the day. While the groom reigns at his personal “Tisch” (see below), the bride is ensconced on a throne-like chair (often in public) surrounded by the women closest to her on this day: her mother and sisters, her grandmothers, and her mother-in-law, grandmothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. During the Kabbalat Panim, it is customary for the guests to greet the bride. Many brides will use this time to give out blessings to their friends, again drawing on her role as Queen for the day.