Surprise wedding guests with a creative and grand entrance by the bridal party, rather than a traditional walk or dance into the reception hall. Changing this tradition will showcase the bridal party’s personality. However you choose to enter, ensure that the couple is onboard with the ideas. Remember to never take the attention away from the newlyweds!
So, make it funny, dramatic, or glamorous and get the party started!
Recently, I was at a wedding and the groom LOVED to watch wrestling as a child. His groomsmen recreated one of his favourite wrestlers, Stone Cold Steve Austin's routine before every match. A special memory that the couple shares with their bridal party is a wonderful and personal dedication to the happy couple.
From country to fairy tales there are endless possibilities for wedding themes. The theme can be incorporated into the entrance, simply add a cowboy hat and boots or fully dress up like character from a movie.
If there are some great dancers in the bridal party, start the reception with a short dance by some of the most important people to the newlyweds. Keep it simple or go all out, just make sure that everyone in the bridal party is excited to dance! If you need to, get some help with the choreography from a local dance studio for example, The Woodbridge School of Dance.
There are many amazing scenes from movies that could be recreated as the bridal party enters the hall. If the couple loves musicals like Grease, do the hand jive or if they love sci-fi movies like Star Wars, get a few lightsabers!
Leave a couple of disposable cameras on each table and have the DJ instruct your guests to snap a few pictures as the bridal party walks in. Roll out the red carpet, pose and smile for the cameras as flashes go off. It’s a simple way to elevate an entrance. Find a great DJ who will really get the guests to participate for example: Magic Moments DJ Entertainment!
Nothing gets a party started quite like a dance off. Gather the bridal party on the centre of the dance floor and have your two best dancers battle. Don’t drag it out for too long though, there’ll be plenty of time to dance later with all of the guests.
If you have a room filled with friends and family that like to party, ditch the bouquets for a drink and have a few shots waiting for the bridal party at the bar. It’s a simple addition to the walk in but it sets the mood for a night full of fun!
No entrance at all
Switch things up a bit and have the focus be on the newlyweds by having the bridesmaids and groomsmen not make an entrance at all! Have them hide around the room and when the couple enters have the bridal party run onto the dance floor.
If the couple has a favourite sports team, the bridal party could be announced as if they were players from that team. Once everyone has been announced they could join in a huddle in the centre of the dance floor.
Use what the venue has
Sometimes taking a classic entrance can be elevated by simply using the venue. If there are lots of lights, you could ask for a spotlight or get the party started with some strobe lights. If there is a staircase, be dramatic on your walk down. These don’t have to be meticulously planned nor rehearsed, just talk to the DJ and walk in!