Alternatives to traditional entrance?

posted 5 months ago in Beehive
Post # 2
405 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2019 - City, State

What’s so “Cringy” about it? If I may ask?

Post # 3
9198 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

the tradition is to announce the new mr and mrs _______.  you can skip the entire bridal party entrance/introduction.

have your MC present the new mr and mrs gunnabamissus, enter the reception, and start your first dance, if you are doing one.

Post # 5
8093 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

gunnabamissus :  just skip it! My bridal party filtered in to the reception with everyone else – even if they’re a bit later than other guests they don’t need to be announced.  My husband and I were announced and we just walked in, smiled and waved, and then joined the party and started mingling. I agree I find drawn out entrances to be boring and mostly annoying.  

Post # 6
1720 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

I’ve never thought of grand entrances as cringy XD

Edit upon seing your reply: We are doing one song for the entire grand entrance, bridal party and bride/groom alike. I agree it’s weird when you only play 20 seconds of a song for the bridal party and then play your own song.

Then we’re just going straight into our first dance. 

Post # 7
597 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2019 - City, State

gunnabamissus :  Bridal party entrance must be a northern thing.  I’ve never seen one before.  The bridal party just walks into the reception like all the other guests walk in.  Bride and Groom walk in (announced or unannounced) once everyone is inside the reception, and go straight into their first dance.  That’s how I’ve always seen it.

Post # 9
95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

I was just a bridesmaid in a wedding that only announced the entrance of the married couple (she didn’t take his last name so they just announced something like “and now entering is the new married couple, whi will enjoy their first dance as a married couple”). It was very nice, we just entered with the rest of the guests and found our seats. I liked not having to do a silly show, but that’s just my personality, I know some people love it and find it a lot of fun! 

Post # 10
8093 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

gunnabamissus :  then just do it! Really don’t overthink it. We waited to do our first dance too because I think it’s weird when the couple comes in and dances before dancing is really going to start. We came in and mingled, ate, did speeches, cut the cake, and then kicked off the dancing portion of the night with our first dance. It felt the more nautral flow of events to us and not so staged and “we must do the things and check the boxes that we have done the things”.

Post # 11
4570 posts
Honey bee

I still dont get why you can’t join the tail end of cocktail hour.  None of my friends had gaps between and did photos during cocktail hour and all but one just casually walked in to the end of cocktail hour or the beginning of the reception just walking up to the bar or buffet like NBD.  I really think you’re over thinking this.  If no one is announcing it, it’s just walking into a room like anything else. 

The only one who didn’t was because they wanted to be announced and the DJ just said “Hey, everyone give it up for Mr. And Mrs. X…”  People cheered.  Then the DJ told us to find our seats as dinner would be starting.

For the record, I would nix bridal party introductions.  No one is coming to see your sorority sister or BFF since third grade wear a pastel dress.  Do the adoring at the rehearsal dinner or privately in a thoughtful card or while getting ready.  At most, at some point in the evening do a short toast welcoming everyone and thanking everyone in attendance for being a part of your wedding.

Post # 12
528 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

We skipped it entirely. We walked in later, mingled, and then thanked everyone for coming prior to dinner being served. No weird entrance, no problem! It’s youre day, do what feels right. 🙂

Post # 13
2795 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I have never actually been to a wedding where the bridal party is introduced at the reception. I’ve either seen just the bride and groom being introduced, or no one being introduced at all (everyone just joins the cocktail hour without any fuss). I agree that the choreographed dancing entrances are always super cheesy.. but I think they are losing popularity now thankfully. 

Post # 15
1147 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019 - Tacoma, WA

LilliV :  This is what we are doing, as well. We’ll be announced when we arrive (just us, not the wedding party), and then we’ll mingle and say hello to our guests, maybe have a cocktail, and THEN the DJ will announce our first dance to kick off the night of dancing. I can’t imagine walking in the door and immediately hitting the dance floor haha. I’m already nervous enough as it is! 😀

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