(Closed) Reception Schedules? When to do the grand entrance?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
  • poll: When are you entering the reception?
    Prior to the grand entrance to greet some guest and kill some time during cocktail hour : (3 votes)
    25 %
    At the grand entrance--how grand can a grand entrance be if you've already been seen... : (9 votes)
    75 %
  • Post # 3
    2680 posts
    Sugar bee

    We took pictures before entering the reception.  The maids and groomsmen (and parents) went into the party but Darling Husband and I went off to take pictures and didnt go in until the grand entrance.

    For the ceremony, is there somewhere nearby you can wait before the ceremony starts?  Its fine for the groomsmen to go in first but I definitely would not have YOU go into your ceremony before your processional.

    We did our first dance before dinner followed by dinner and toasts during dinner.  After dinner we did the father/daughter and mother/son about at about 9:30-10:00pm we did cake cutting.  I have seen some people do the cake cutting before dinner so they could enjoy the rest of the night with friends and family.

    Post # 4
    6572 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2010

    we’re not having a grand entrance, which makes that easier. are you not doing pictures during coctail hour? usually that takes up all of the time until your entrance. i don’t think i’d want to go into the room before the entrance if i was doing one. but again, i don’t like all eyes on me so we’re skipping that all together. and we’re not doing the cake cutting either, but if we were i’d rather do it after dinner, since it is dessert and tends to be a sign that people are allowed to leave the wedding.

    Post # 5
    948 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    We are taking photos during most of it, but will have our grand entrance towards the end of cocktail hour.  I was adamant on this one so that we can spend as much time as possible at our party!

    Post # 6
    455 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    You’ll need that down time after pictures to just chill with your husband.  Don’t mingle with the guest until after your grand entrance.  Take the hours after the photos and before the reception to rest with your husband.  How about you too go off on a walk somewhere or have the limo take you to your hotel to relax together before the reception? 

    Post # 7
    10218 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2010

    agree with 91011 you can definitely get some intimate pictures with your husband until it’s time for the ceremony to begin.

    Post # 8
    599 posts
    Busy bee

    We are doing pictures before the ceremony and are going to spend some time alone at first during cocktail hour. But then we might just chill with our bridal party and make the big grand enterance.

    Post # 9
    1044 posts
    Bumble bee

    We took pictures and met with some of the guests before our grand entrance into the reception area.  Once the cocktail session was over, we made sure that all the guests were piled into the reception hall (with thanks to the wedding coordinator) before we made our grand entrance with music.

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