(Closed) How do the bride/groom typically join the party after the ceremony/photos?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: How to join the rest of the guests after photos?
    Make a grand entrance to the reception after everyone's seated? : (26 votes)
    76 %
    Just walk over to cocktail hour/lawn games? : (6 votes)
    18 %
    Do a receiving line? : (1 votes)
    3 %
    Other? : (1 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
    8392 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I think you can do it any way you want. We did a receiving line immediately after the ceremony, but we didn’t have a huge wedding so it didn’t take super long. We also did photos during cocktail hour, and then afterwards we just walked back into the crowd. I think the fistpump/DJ announcing thing is a little cheesy personally, but that’s just my opinion lol. Lots of people do it that way.

    Post # 4
    790 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    We just walked over and joined the cocktail hour when we were done with pictures. If that suits your personality, there is absolutely nothing wrong with it being anti-climactic. I’m not sure the guests care about a “grand entrance” anyway; as a guest I don’t. At our wedding we wanted to have fun with our guests. We didn’t care about a dramatic entrance. So it wasn’t even a question for us. There was no way I was going to “hide” from any part of my wedding; it goes by fast enough as it is!

    Post # 5
    109 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I plan on us walking into the reception to music and the dj announcing us, then having our first dance.  I want it to be fun and people clapping and drinking and to feel like we just arrived at a crazy party being thrown in our honor (which is pretty much what it will be anyway lol)


    P.s. my reception will be all hor d’oeuvres, cocktails, wedding cake, and other desserts…no sit down formal meal.  (I want LOTS of mingling and dancing)

    Post # 6
    2488 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    do what you want!

    I had a HUGE grand entrance- ( watch for video to be posted soon)

    but I think from a guests point of view or most of them kinda where like meh ok can I have a cup cake now lol

    Post # 7
    546 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    Could you do both?  Join the cocktail party and lawn games and then get introduced?  I have seen bridal parties and couples at the cocktail hour and then when people go to get seated they leave the room for the introduction. 

    If you don’t like the idea of the big introduction at all then I say skip it.

    Post # 8
    1729 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @lovelyduckie:  I think this is a really great question, and something I’ve been wondering about recently too…

    Can you just head into the cocktail hour when you’re finished pictures, but then still do a fun grand entrance once the guests are seated for dinner? Is that weird since you’ll already have seen your guests at the cocktail hour?

    Post # 9
    3697 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    We were going to join cocktail hour, but didn’t make it in time, so everyone was seated and we got the whole introduction.  Then we had to ask the waitstaff for some of our appetizers since they were already put away.  🙂

    Post # 10
    10453 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    We (FI especially) aren’t big on being the absolute center of attention so I don’t think we will have any kind of big entrance. We will just walk in and start mingling!

    Post # 11
    909 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    It’s up to you how you want to enter. Our wedding will be ceremony, receiving line, photos (during cocktail hour, then bridal party will have our own separate few minutes to breathe!), then grand entrance into ballroom for dinner with bridal party announced first and bride & groom announced last immediately going into first dance.

    Post # 12
    176 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I stole this idea from the show ‘Four Weddings’ but this is what we’re doing: Our DJ is going to ask all the guests to come to dance floor to greet us upon arival and as soon as we’re announced we will join them on the dance floor and he’ll start playing some upbeat music. I want to start the party immediately!!

    Post # 13
    74 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I think it is best to join the cocktail hour when you are done with the photos. Maybe someone can annonce you when you arrive so they can cheer you. 

    Post # 14
    1237 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    You can do it however you want! Most of the weddings that I’ve been to (including my own) have had a grand entrance but I’ve also been to weddings where the bride and groom just joined the cocktail hour and it was just as nice

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