Who Belongs at the Mandap?

There can be some confusion over who exactly takes a place next to the bride and groom at the mandap during the ceremony. Typically we recommend that you limit it to just the pandit, bride, groom, bride’s parents, and groom’s parents. This can help limit the family politics that adding additional family members can sometimes create. Instead, you can reserve the first two rows of seating for your families, and the third row for your bridal party.