Post # 1
Fiance and I have decided to have a sweetheart table so that our BMs and dates can sit together, and also because despite having a smaller wedding, we have a pretty large bridal party and don’t want there to be a monstrous head table with only 8-10 guest tables. I love the sweetheart table, mostly because I doubt we’ll be sitting much of the time any way (our dinner is going to be lightning fast so the fun can get started sooner). My question is to ladies who have done this: How does the entrance happen in an orderly way? I guess what I have a hard time envisioning is my BMs is there being a huge scatter & confusion after everyone is announced into the reception and they are looking for their table number.
Any tips would be helpful!
Post # 3
@fembride045: The most polite way to manage the entrance, is for the reception hosts and the wedding party to be the first people to arrive; and then to be standing next to the door when the guests arrive so that you can greet them. This will give your bridesmaids a few moments to tour the reception room and find their seats before the rest of the guests get there, so there should be no confusion when dinner is announced and they go to find their seats.
Most properly, the host and hostess should lead the way to the tables when dinner is announced, followed by the guests of honour, and then by the rest of the guests. But I understand that many brides expect to process up to the head table through their gathered applauding guests, much like honourees taking the stage at an awards ceremony. If that is your plan, just wait by the door with your wedding party while your master of ceremony asks the guests to take their seats, and then process in at the head of the wedding party. Stop at your sweetheart table, and let your honour attendants lead the rest of the wedding party to the head table. Have them line up for this procession in the same order that their places are laid at the head table, and if you have a few extra minutes and are worried about it, practice the procession during the few minutes before your guests arrive.