(Closed) When to annouce the bride and groom?

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
337 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I would suggest having all your guests proceed to the reception room at the appropriate time, and when everyone is seated, have your MC or DJ announce you as the new Mr. and Mrs. as you enter the room.  You can have the bridal party be announced just before you and your new husband if you like, or they can just enter in a low key fashion with the rest of the guests with no announcement, it’s whatever you prefer.  Often once the new husband and wife are announced and enter the room, they go straight into their first dance.

Post # 5
638 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2007

I would quietly slip away from the cocktial hour with your new hubby right before the guests are ushered into dinner.  It will give the two of you a few more moments together too!  Once all the guests are seated you two can be announced – and have the first dance if you’d like.  I think this is a good time for the first dance since everyone is quiet and can watch.

We actually had our first dance outside right at the end of the cocktail hour.  We danced on a lower deck while all the guests at the ‘cocktail hour’ could watch us.  Then we disappeared while they went upstairs to be seated.  We were announced right before they began serving dinner.

We only did a first dance with us.  No father/daughter mother/son dances.  So that made it easier for this to work 🙂

Good Luck!  Whatever you decide will be perfect for YOUR day 🙂

Post # 6
149 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2007

The announcement is usually done right at the beginning of the reception.  The cocktail hour is less formal, and many couples use this hour to take photos.  After photos, couples slip in quickly to mingle and greet their guests. 

So, once everyone is seated, you’ll have your official announcement, then go right into your first dance.  The toasts and other special dances can be added to your liking during the reception.

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