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Reception Grand Entrance Rules
Your ceremony is over, professional photos have been taken, now it’s time to have some fun at your wedding reception! But first, the start of your reception will begin with a reception grand entrance. This part of your wedding day does take a little advance planning to make sure you and your DJ are on the same page. We’ve gathered a few of our top rules below to help you in planning your grand entrance!
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- Go over entrance order and name pronunciations with your DJ.
Prior to your wedding day, you will want to speak with your DJ about the details of your bridal party for the reception grand entrance. Make sure to give him/her a list detailing who is being introduced, in which order and their names. You’ll want to phonetically spell the names of everyone being introduced so there are no mistakes during introductions at your reception.
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- Line up your bridal party.
Right before your reception grand entrance, you’ll want to have your wedding planner, DJ or Emcee line up the bridal party outside of the doors you’ll be in entering into your reception space. This allows them to place everyone in the correct order for the entrance, so each person only has to follow the next person once their names are called.
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- Grand entrance order.
Just like a wedding ceremony processional and recessional, there is also an order to a reception grand entrance. You’ll want everyone to be introduced in pairs. If any of the parents are divorced, a family member or significant other can escort them in. If there is an uneven number of bridesmaids and groomsmen, you can pair 3 of them up to walk in together. Below is the standard format for how to introduce the bridal party for a reception entrance.
- Parents of the Bride
- Parents of the Groom
- Flower Girls & Ring Bearers
- Bridesmaids & Groomsmen (lined up in reverse order, with Best Man & MOH introduced last)
- Bride & Groom
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- Entrance music.
The bride and groom should select songs in advance for the grand entrance. Typically, one song is played for the entire bride party entrance, with a second song being played for just the bride and groom’s entrance. Once the bride and groom are introduced and enter the reception area, they should proceed to the dance floor for their first dance. The DJ or band will then seamlessly change from the entrance song to the first dance song.
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