Post # 1
We’ve decided to forgo the traditional introduction of the bridal party (including us!) but I’m having second thoughts. We initially decided against it because our ceremony and reception is at the same place, and we fully intend to participate in the cocktail hour with everyone else. That means that we’ll already be there which negates the need for the intro.
However…it seems like we might be missing out on some FUN! Anyone else decide for or against the BIG INTRO?
Post # 3
We skipped it. We also had everything in one location, and we took photos before the ceremony. So, we walked with all the guests from cocktails on the lawn to the reception in the barn. But, we had a smallish (~90 guests) wedding in a rustic location, and we have relatively low key personalities. So, doing formal introductions would not really have matched the tone of our event.
Post # 4
Our situation is similar, we’re doing photos before, and we also have a smallish wedding (110 at last count.) I’m glad to hear someone else decided it wasn’t for them – now, I just have to tell this to the future in laws, lol.
Post # 5
I wanted to skip it also but my fmil insisted. According to her “you GOT to have the introdutions”. Our ceremony and reception is also at the same place.
Post # 6
we’re having a courthouse ceremony in the morning and the reception is where we’ll be ‘introduced’ to the guests, so we’re definitely doing the announcement. I doubt we would if they were already there for the ceremony, though.
Post # 7
We’re not doing it. Restaurant wedding. Same situation as you in that we’ll be in the same room for every portion of the ceremony so it would be silly and pointless for them to announce us. Especially since we aren’t leaving and coming back at any point. 🙂 That and given the fact that there will only be 45 ppl there, everyone already knows each other and knows who is who.
Post # 8
We are not doing it and we are having a larger wedding (closer to 200 people). Neither of us like being the center of attention so we never even considered doing introductions. We are also not doing first dances or a cake cutting since there’s no cake! I guess we’re not doing a lot but hopefully that time of not doing stuff will be filled with more fun times with people we love!
Post # 9
We did just us and did it as the start of the dinner reception and went right into our first dance before sitting down. It was nice to have a defining moment to separate the cocktail reception & dinner reception.
We’re not big fans of being the center of attention either, but I’m really glad we did it.
Post # 10
I really want to skip this as well, but my DOC suggested having the bridal party stand up one by one while seated at their tables and be announced. But now that I’m thinking about that, it’s not like people will clap or something, so whats the point? We’re also joining the cocktail hour and I don’t particularly want to be formally introduced until we go into our first dance.
I hope my bridal party doesn’t feel left out by not being announced? I figure everyone will know they’re in the bridal party thanks to their outfits.
Any thoughts on that? Anyone been in a wedding where they didn’t announce YOU?
Post # 11
We don’t have a DJ or MC, so we won’t either. We’re approaching it like how we would if we were hosting a party at our home: we’ll use quick speeches to move people, to thank folks, to recognize our attendants.
End of cocktail hour -> speech by us thanking guests and especially thanking parents and wedding party; invite to start buffet
Best man speech will also invite guests to join us for a carousel ride (our wedding is at a former amusement park)
You get the idea…
Post # 12
We didn’t do a big intro – my Darling Husband hates being the center of attention; it was bad enough just during the ceremony! I don’t feel like I missed out on anything, to be honest. When I’ve participated in them as a bridesmaid it’s always felt kind of cheesy.