Entrance / Announcement of the Bridal Party at the Reception
The announcement of your bridal party can set the tone for your whole reception. Whether it’s fun and festive or formal and orderly, the introduction lets guests know what to expect for the remainder of the evening. No matter how you set the stage for your big night, there is a traditional, simple way to announce your bridal party.
- Speak to your DJ/MC (Master of Ceremonies) before the reception and provide a list of names and titles for all those involved in the wedding party, This is also on the Online Wedding Planner. The DJ/MC is normally the disc jockey or band director who is providing entertainment for the festivities. Remember to be clear on name pronunciations.
- Line up your bridal party in the order you predetermined with the MC. Do this outside the reception site in an area that has room to accommodate all of your party members.
- Begin the procession with the parents of the bride. If the parents are divorced, have the mother of the bride and her escort walk in first. The escort can be a wedding usher, son not in the wedding party, parental figure or significant other. The father of the bride should follow suit. OPTIONAL: Many new clients join the trend of not announcing the parents as they are often already in the reception area.
- Follow with the parents of the groom. The same rule applies to parents who are divorced and will be walking separately. OPTIONAL: Many new clients join the trend of not announcing the parents as they are often already in the reception area.
- Organize your bridesmaids and groomsmen in reverse order so that the best man and matron/maid of honor are last. If the number of attendants is uneven, you may have 3 people walk in together (generally 2 bridesmaids and groomsmen).
- Proceed with each bridal party pairing as their names are announced. The DJ/MC should give 30 seconds in between couples so that guests and photographers can take pictures as they enter the main reception area.
- Prepare your ring bearer and flower girl next. It may be best if they are toddlers to have them walk with the best man and maid of honor or with their parents. Some couples choose to not have the children walk at all, but still, have their names announced.
- Next your Maid/Matron of Honor and Best Man.
- Now the Grand Entrance of the Bride and Groom.
- Enter into the reception site as you are introduced. Normally guests will stand and cheer when you enter, do not sit until the entire party is at the front side of the head table and after group pictures have been taken.
- If you want a fun atmosphere, let your bridal couples dance into the reception or choreograph their own entrance.
- Try to keep your bridal party out of the reception hall, otherwise, someone will have to track everyone down to line up. Having them comfortably assembled in a designated area helps the MC start the evening’s events on time.
- Speak to the MC about what music to play when your party enters. Generally, the bridal party walks into one song while another is played to welcome in the newlyweds.
- Many clients join the trend of not announcing the parents as they are often already in the reception area.
- Limit the amount of alcohol the bridal party is allowed to consume before entering the reception site.
- Never force divorced parents to walk down the aisle together. Take into consideration the personal dynamics and ask their preference, being respectful of their wishes. Or have no parents at all.
- When picking out an entrance song, if the names are important for announcing choose a song with limited vocals or use an instrumental version if available.
- Avoid multiple songs changes for the announcement, this is more about the Bridal Party than a song. Think upbeat fun party music, when dealing with shuch a short amount of time multiple song changes will take away from the entrance.
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