Post # 1
I’ve been watching wedding shows getting exciting about our wedding in May, but I’m also getting increasingly anxious about the grand entrance into the reception hall and the first dance. Having all eyes on us at the ceremony is one thing, but making a big grand entrance is just not my thing – and neither is dancing. We’re looking into dance lessons, but I’m wondering if anyone been to a wedding where the bride and groom’s entrance into the reception hall was not announced? Or, where they didn’t do the traditional first dance? Any ideas for alternatives to the entrance or the dancing?
Post # 3
I’ve seen where the couple comes to the cocktail hour like everyone else, as opposed to being announced. I’ll also seen First Rock Band song, or First shot. You can do whatever you want!
Post # 4
Come in hidden in a serving cart, and just crawl in secret into your place at the table. Haha.
Or…Maybe do like a little slideshow of the progression of your relationship, then show up at the end of it?
Or.. Life-size paper versions of yourself that you can come barreling through, ala-makeover show?
Post # 5
lol at Ilikepink.
I don’t want to miss our cocktail hour–so I am considering showing up early sans introduction as well…
Post # 6
I have also been to a wedding where the bride and groom came to the cocktail hour. They were later announced at the reception but if you wanted you could just go right into dinner, dancing, whatever you had planned. This was a perfect time for the couple to go around thanking and speaking to their guests. You could also have a cocktail or two, maybe that would help you loosen up for your first dance 🙂
It is totally up to you if you want to do the first dance or not. You could ask your band or dj to open up with one song to welcome everybody. I personally think you should do the first dance if you can find a way to be comfortable doing it. It could turn out to be a very wonderful, romantic, personal first experience as husband and wife. But whatever floats your boat 🙂 Guests will understand, it is your wedding!
Post # 7
We are not doing an introduction or grand march. It’s our wedding – shouldn’t everyone already know us? We’re going to show up during cocktail hour, make a little speech thanking everyone for coming, and commence with mingling.
Post # 8
It’s perfectly ok to skip it, which many people do. The same folks will be at the ceremony and you will be announced there as well. Show up for your cocktail hour, mingle with your guests and then move on to dinner or whatever is next. There is no need to be announced.
Post # 9
We’re coming down for cocktails. I paid alot of them and I want to eat some of the crab cakes too !
Post # 10
I don’t want to miss any of our reception, so I think we may stay in the car until everyone is inside of the restaurant so we can walk in together. I really want to walk in and have someone say “Let’s welcome Mr & Mrs —-“!
Post # 11
I love the cardboard cutout idea- too funny! I hadn’t really thought about the cocktail hour. We spent so much time picking out the food I definitely don’t want to miss that! I guess we can have our first dance without the grand announcement/entrance. Although who knows how I’ll feel that day!
Post # 12
You could do your first dance during the meal. Your guests will have something to divide their attention, so they won’t all be watching you the entire time. You could also start the first dance just the two of you, but have your DJ/band invite everyone on to the dance floor part of the way through the song.