(Closed) Alternatives to a grand entrance

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
5958 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@futuremrs1986:  I abhor the ridiculous and absurd spectacle of a “Grand Entrance”, I just watched you get married, I don’t care who your bridal party is comprised of nor do I want to watch the gaggle of you clamor in to the room pumping your arms as if you’ve just won the Stanley Cup….I think having the MC introduce the happy couple and then coming in to sit down and celebrate with your guests is lovely.

Post # 4
6215 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

We will be doing NO dancing like that, at all. If my BMs and GMs want to, that’s up to them, but I think it looks dumb.

Post # 6
411 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Oh yeah, I too don’t like this idea. I don’t have a wedding party so at least I get to omit that bit, but even having the MC annouce our arrival as everyone looks on and claps is going to turn me a shade 9/10 of red. 

I would totally suggest just slipping in quietly if we didn’t have to open the buffet and if I thought people wouldn’t be disappointed to find out that we’d arrived 30 minutes after it happened.

Post # 7
2493 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We have told our reception venue that we absolutely do not wished to be announced into the room. We are overcoming this by entering the room first and then welcoming guests into it..we are doing this instead of a receiving line with all the bridal party, it will just be me and my fiancé. Then when we have spoken to everyone we will go and sit down. 

Post # 8
83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I second what @Minnow: said.  I am not having a bridal party and plan to just walk into the room along with everyone else.  No need to announce us, everyone knows we are there!

Post # 9
4439 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@futuremrs1986:  Darling Husband and I skipped it, we were married in the same room as the reception was in and there was no cocktail hour so when we were pronounced we took a few steps forward, hugged our parents and started greeting our guests, bar opened, etc.  

With our layout and schedule walking out just to walk back in would have been beyond stupid.

Post # 10
1699 posts
Bumble bee

@futuremrs1986:  Although the “grand entrance” is the norm in some social circles and in some ethnic traditions — it certainly is among many of eastern European cultural background — it is not a mainstream norm for other traditions. In very formal circles it is seen as being in less than the best taste, because it casts you and your attendants in the role of nobility being presented to your admiring and plebian guests.

The alternative recommended by formal protocol manuals, is for you and your guests of honour (assuming you are the hosts — your guests of honour might be your wedding party and/or your parents) or your hosts and you (assuming your parents are hosting and you are the guests of honour) to be waiting at the door to the reception hall when your guests arrive, and greet them as they come in. That way there is no grand entrance, because you are already there and do not need to enter.

Post # 11
757 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We are going to be at cocktail hour, and when people are invited in to the main reception area we are just going to go with them. We will then sit at our sweetheart table while my Dad gives his welcome speech and everyone eats their salads. 

Post # 12
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Definitely not mandatory! We are going to be attending our cocktail hour so we will just sit down and start dinner. There won’t be any grand entrances for us. 

Post # 13
231 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Our DJ introduced us, but not in the loud obnoxious way that sounds like an announcer at the demolition derby!  There were no wedding party intros, and no crazy dancing or jumping up and down by us.  We just walked in quietly, holding hands and smiling at each other, and went right into our first dance (a slow song; no “So You Think You Can Dance” choreography).  I thought it was a lovely and elegant way to kick off the reception. 

Post # 16
198 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

The grand entrance idea freaks me out too!  I really like the idea of being the ones welcoming them into the reception.  My plan right now (we’ll have to see how it works with the venue) is to do pictures during cocktail hour and then either join the guests and then sneak away or just come into the back door of the reception space and open the doors to invite everyone in.

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