Post # 1
So here’s a brain teaser for some of you if you can help!
My fiance loves me so much, he doesn’t want me to lose out on the “grand entrance” moment of most ceremonies. However, we’re not religious, we’re tight on budget and we’re having a traditional chinese banquet, so we won’t be having a wedding ceremony. And you know how it is for a chinese banquet… you say 6:30 PM on the invite, and people don’t show up until 8 anyway. But for those people that do come early, they are able to see the bride standing around/taking photos. My fiance doesn’t like that this takes away from the “WOW” factor.
So we had this crazy idea… is it possible to have that “walk-down-the-aisle” moment created AT the reception after everyone is seated at their dinner tables? Is it possible to hide the bride until then? Or *gasp* get people to actually show up at 6:30 PM like the invite says?
Any of you bees have any ideas on how this might work? Has anyone ever seen something like this?
Post # 3
@bbqnjl: I considered doing something similar in an Italian restaurant, but I wasn’t planning a walk down the aisle or hiding. I’m not sure how you would engineer that, but I do like the idea.
Post # 4
wow good luck with that esp getting them to show up on time which always end up with someone coming in late.
Its workable but it depends on how willing the resturant is to working with you and if there in any other wedding going on.
hmmmm maybe you can have the tables split in a way that there is a tiny asile, enough for and the groom to walk down. When most of the party arrived you can turn off/ dim the light and have a spotlight for your enterance.
Again this is all dependent on the resturant cause most chiense resturant has like 3 weddings going on unless you buy out the floor.
Post # 5
@Kura: Whoops, not sure how I missed this reply! Our reception venue is at the Sheraton in Flushing, so at least the venue will be private and no other weddings will be going on. I’m not concerned so much with the venue, but more–how do I make it happen? Is it weird to come in to slow “elegant” music? These days, every chinese reception wedding I’ve gone to, everyone is streaming in to house trance music or something!
Oh, here’s another piece to the riddle. My fiance’s bestman is a girl. One of my bridesmaids is a guy. Can you imagine the weird pairing during the entrance? Hahaha!
Post # 6
I dont think that should be such a problem. But about people being on time, might I suggest that you put like 4 PM on your invite to ensure everyone (or most guests) show up by 6?
Post # 7
We’ve decided that we’re just gonna go ahead and do a ceremony. Schedule will be tight, but if it goes off without a hitch, it’ll be the best decision we’ll have ever made.