Post # 1
For all the bees that have had their weddings already.. did you attend the cocktail hour? If so, did you have the grand entrance for the bridal party and bride/groom to kick off the cocktail hour or did you do the grand entrances right after the cocktail hour? We will be at the cocktail hour (since we are paying all of this money, I don’t want to miss a moment of the night!!).. but it never occurred to me that it might be a bit “odd” to have us milling around at the cocktail hour, and then we are introduced (will also seem like a let down and not really a “grand entrance” after all).
If you have not yet had your wedding.. what about the weddings you’ve attended? I haven’t been to that many weddings, so all of these “random” questions are coming up and I’m very thankful to the site!
Post # 2
I’m no expert, but I would imagine that it makes more sense to do your grand entrance when u are entering the cocktail hour as opposed to waiting until right before dinner.
Post # 3
I plan on making our grand enterance during cocktail hour. I want to be able to kick back and mingle with everyone before we eat. And afterall, you deserve a cocktail too!
Post # 4
I may need assistance with this too… so, following!
Post # 5
I have been to weddings where the couple handled the introductions both ways. At some they were announced at the cocktail hour, at others before the reception.
I think either way is fine. Announcing at the cocktail hour does tend to bring everything to a halt, interrupting the flow of conversation that has developed.
Post # 6
I’ve never gone to a wedding that the couple was around for cocktail hour, they have always waited to be introduced during the reception, but it’s your wedding and you can do whatever you want!
Post # 7
I haven’t been to a wedding that had a “grand entrance” for the bride and groom for many years – I didn’t really think that was done anymore! We just plan to join our guests when we are done with photographs.
Post # 8
What do you have in mind by a grand entrance?
I was thinking of attending my cocktail hour and then effectively being introduced at the beginning of the reception when the MC invites us to the dance floor for our first dance.
If you’re going to attend your cocktail hour, I think it’s then a little silly to have a grand procession at the beginning of the reception where you, your parents, and your bridal party are all introduced, but that’s just my opinion.
Post # 9
Haven’t seen this any other way, but this, for years – after all the guests are seated at their tables, for the reception/dinner/dancing portion, the introductions begin; the bridal party enters and then the bride and groom. Maybe it’s just a northeast US thing?
Post # 10
We attended our cocktail hour. Our formal introduction was along with the rest of our bridal party at the start of the reception. We spent too much money on our hor d’oerves to miss them. I don’t think anyone thought anything of it.
Post # 11
DH and I attended cocktail hour. Guests sat down for dinner, and then we had our formal introductions (parents, bridal party, then DH & I). We went right into our first dance after that.
I wouldn’t have a grand entrance into cocktail hour, because that’s just weird? Most people don’t have a DJ / host for the cocktail hour portion, so who would announce it? Cocktail hour is short already, no need to interrupt it with introductions.
ETA: I really liked the flow of our evening, and wouldn’t think about doing it any other way!
Post # 12
We attended our own cocktail hour and so did all of our friends and family. It was an important part of our reception and a great opportunity to mingle with our guests. Not to mention we had a great caterer and a buffet with stations during cocktail hour, so definitely one of my favorite parts! We’d done photos before the ceremony and a receiving line after. Then a remaining few photos at the very beginning of cocktail hour.
Assuming this is a sit down dinner with table assignments, after the cocktail hour, everyone can be seated. The bride and groom may stay behind for a few moments, and be announced to everyone as husband and wife right after. This is the typical time line at weddings I’ve attended.
Of course, not everyone does a grand entrance, but they are still very much done at formal weddings around here. Even if the bride and groom were already at cocktail hour, that is oriented to one on one or small groups in conversation. I don’t think a formal announcment at the beginning of the reception is redundant to that in the least.
Post # 13
jamb: I was thinking of doing it how PABride describes.. everyone is seated before the reception (dinner/dance) portion of the evening begins) and then the bridal party, followed by the bride and groom are announced by our MC and we walk in to a certain song.
PumpkinMuffin: My only thought was it would seem silly do be announced if you had already been hanging out with you guests for the past hour or so! 🙂
weddingmaven: Oh thanks! that is a relief to know!!