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How to Have Your Bridal Party Enter the Reception

What to do and what to avoid for your bridal party entrances.

After a touching and romantic ceremony, guests are ready to let loose at the reception. How do you let them know the party is about to get started? With a fun and energetic grand entrance!

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After a touching and romantic ceremony, guests are ready to let loose at the reception. How do you let them know the party is about to get started? With a fun and energetic grand entrance!

While the newlyweds will get the crowd excited, it’s the entrance of the bridal party that truly sets the tone for the festivities. Make sure your attendants don’t merely walk their way into the reception. Have fun with it! With an upbeat dance song and some planning, your bridal party entrance will make your friends and family eager to get on the dance floor. Just make sure your bridal party remembers the day is about you and your sweetheart… you might have to rein them in a little!

Consult our list of dos and don’ts for suggestions on how to have a bridal party entrance that’s fun, but still sophisticated. 

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Photo by Brett Matthews Photography

Do: Keep it short and sweet; unless you have elaborate and impressive choreography, no one wants to spend more than 10-15 seconds watching each pair.

Don’t: Use props; more often than not, it can look cheesy and tacky. Plus, your bridal party will be stuck figuring out where to put the props they were assigned instead of enjoying the celebration.

Do: Stick with one song for the whole bridal party. If you will be following our previous “do,” songs will be switched too quickly to appreciate.

Don’t: Use songs from recent viral videos. Your entrance will look dated really fast – possibly even while the bridal party entrance is happening!

Do: Have your bridal party work together. They might not know each other, so it gives the pairs something to bond over and make their walk down the aisle less awkward, plus you avoid repetition.

Don’t: Make anyone do his or her entrance alone. If you have an uneven bridal party, have a trio walk in together or even the whole group!

For more wedding planning tips and advice, click here. Discover these inspiring grand entrance ideas for brides and grooms, and learn the pros and cons of having a wedding party.

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