You’re on to the next part of your wedding event - the reception. It is vital that you get to start your reception right. And part of getting the party started is introducing your bridal party to the rest of your guests. While there are no hard and fast rules as to how your bridal party should be introduced, it would be wise to consider following some guidelines that will provide order on how to go about it, the choices you have in introducing them and their entrance.
Keep Things Organized
Provide your MC or DJ with a list of names of your bridal party. It is important that the lists are given ahead of time so the MC or DJ can practice pronouncing their names and you would have lined them up in the order that they will be introduced. Part of organizing is choosing the right song/s. A song can be used as background music or the main component of their introduction. Another vital part of organizing is the timeline. You need to plan what will transpire between the ceremony and the bridal party entrance and communicate it to your MC/DJ and to your wedding party.
Be As Creative As Can Be
What’s your style? It’s important that you identify the kind of entrance you want. Would you like it to be unique? A theme would be really helpful. Choose one that will go with your wedding theme or you can choose a separate theme for the entrance. You and your spouse should go out of your way to encourage your bridal party to do something fun for the bridal entrance.
Feel free to mix up the order of the wedding party’s entrance. You and your spouse can enter first and join with the rest of the guests to cheer on your bridesmaids and groomsmen as they come in. Another option is to not let your bridal party come in pairs. Instead, let the bridesmaids enter as a group and the groomsmen as a separate group. Let your bridal party have the liberty to choose the music they want for their entrance so they can express their individuality.
Here are 15 fun ways to announce your bridal party at the reception:
Here’s one grand entrance where the groomsmen enter first as a group with “The Time of My Life” as background music followed by the bridesmaids. Facing each other, each couple is introduced followed by a dance right in the middle of the group. Finally, the newlywed couple is introduced and they danced right in the middle with the bridesmaids and groomsmen dancing with them. What’s interesting is that the groom leads his groomsmen to a dance number followed by the bride leading her bridesmaids to a dance number too all throughout just having the time of their lives with the same lively music on the background. Watch this.
Are both of you into basketball? Or is your spouse a basketball professional? Then have your wedding party introduced just like how the NBA announces the starting lineup. Or maybe a football team fan and do a particular team’s “tunnel walk.”
The bridesmaids and groomsmen get as crazy as can be! The groomsman jumps over the bridesmaid on her knees, another groomsman did a cartwheel move to give his partner bridesmaid an even grander entrance. One groomsman even pretended to be a dog being trained by the bridesmaid and rolls over like crazy! Watch how crazy entrances could get in this video.
You can choreograph a dance routine and have your bridal party dancing tango, waltz or even wobble their way to the reception hall. Give your bridal party the liberty to choose what kind of dance they want for their entrance. Doing a line dance entrance would be a good option too especially for country style weddings.
When a wedding is attended by well-known people - artists, newscaster, book author and the like, this would be an ideal entrance. As serious as their achievements or personalities may be, it’s so good to watch them go easy and relax as they dance to different types of music. See this video.
Your wedding may have been such a challenge to organize but then again your bridal party successfully pulled it off. And because they love the movies too, they have chosen to enter your reception hall with the “Mission Impossible” track playing on the background.
In this video, the groomsmen and bridesmaids not in pairs but one by one. Each one enjoys his or her moment of stardom as the DJ gives out interesting information each of them. Just a tip, you can gather the following for a fun filled introduction: hobbies, occupation, what they are most known for, weird habits, favorite food and drinks or snack, and where they can be most likely found on a Saturday night. However you don’t need to include all these information for each of them. Just choose a unique or impressive detail and that would be sufficient.
Your wedding pary gets to be introduced the Disney way. Complete it with Disney sound tracks asbackground music and you're all set for an exciting disney themed reception.
Interestingly, the groomsmen in this video are all great dancers. They literally made their entrance like a dance-off! The bridesmaids are all game for the dance part too. Needless to say the bride and groom emerged as winners as they dance their way towards the happy and excited crowd.
As your bridesmaids and groomsmen are called, they can carry with them props or toys that fit your wedding theme. One coupe made use of musical instruments as props for their bridesmaids and groomsmen symbolizing their love for music.
With only two tracks chosen, this bridal party pulled off a fun filled and must watch wedding entrance. This one proved that each pair won’t really need separate songs to make their entrance as unique as can be. Watch them here.
With the husband being a fan of Elvis Presley, and everything about Rock and Roll, this couple made use of Elvis music for the introduction of the bridal party and the groom came in dressed like Elvis Presley and the bride as Marilyn Monroe.
This bridal party came up with their own individual styles for their entrance. One couple came in with the classic piggyback ride. Another came in with their shades on, while another throws off a football ball and spins it on the floor as they dance. With no particular theme or similarity in music and choreography, it really is just a come as you are kind of an entrance. Watch it here.
One of the ways to make the wedding party introductions more interesting and hilarious is to switch attires. The bridesmaids get to wear the suit and the groomsmen get to wear the cocktail dress/gown. Should you choose this type of introduction, it would be wise to see if you have the appropriate audience. While it can be really hilarious, make sure the bride and groom are properly informed so that guest can be prepared especially those who would rather keep the introduction more formal (like grandma and the parents). In this case, you may look for other options to make the wedding party introduction more fun without being offensive to anyone. The groomsmen giving the bridesmaids a Piggyback ride from the entrance to the floor would be a good alternative.
Walking on a red carpet and photographers everywhere, all eyes would be on the support stars of your wedding - the bridal party. Encourage the rest of the guests to take lots of pictures. Of course, the main stars would always be you and your groom! This wedding party introduction is perfect for Hollywood themed weddings.
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