After the most important part of your wedding, the ceremony, is over, it is time to take a deep breath and enjoy the reception! For most people, this is their favorite part of their wedding because they are able to relax, have fun and party it up with their friends and family. The best way to kick off the reception with a bang is with your bridal party introductions!
Bridal party introductions are typically done after the cocktail party and right before the dinner reception. It’s a great transition time and an opportunity to introduce the people who stood next to you as you said your vows! We have some tips and trends to share as you plan out your reception.
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Who to introduce?
There are several options when choosing who to introduce to all your guests. Traditionally, the introductions include bridesmaids, groomsmen, and the newlyweds. However, some include parents and grandparents or other close family members. This is your opportunity to introduce the people closest to you as a way to honor them!
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How to introduce?
Whoever is the DJ or Emcee of your wedding should be in charge of the introductions. You may want to pick out a few songs to have going in the background to create an energy and excitement! The DJ should have a list of names, in order, ahead of time so they can be announced exactly how you’d like. It can be as simple as reading off one name after the other, or announced with a flare! I always love to hear how the bride and/or groom met the individuals of the bridal party!
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Order of introductions?
If you are including family, they should be introduced first. The order of the bridal party introductions are dependent on if you choose to have each person introduced individually, in pairs, or in groups. Oftentimes, the bridesmaid and groomsmen that walked down the aisle together, will be introduced together. One trend I enjoy seeing is when all the bridesmaids come out at once and then the groomsmen follow them! It makes them all feel a little more comfortable without all the attention on themselves and sometimes they come up with cute dances or handshakes to do as a group. Finally, the newlyweds are introduced!
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After your bridal party and/or family is introduced, it is time for the newlyweds to be introduced as Mr. and Mrs. for the first time! A great way to transition this introduction is by going straight into your first dance together. This provides an opportunity for all of your guests to share in a special moment!
After all of your introductions are over, first dances can begin or you can go right into dinner- it is up to you and your timeline! Whatever you choose, think about a way to best represent your bridal party to all of the guests while creating the vibe you want your reception to have! Also, enjoy hearing your new last name announced for the first time!
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