Danielle
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bridal party entrance

Danielle, on June 3, 2017 at 11:10 AM Posted in Etiquette and Advice 0 21
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I hadn't previously given much thought to this but one of my bridesmaids who has been a bridesmaid about 10 times mentioned that she hates it when she has to do the "bridal party entrance" during the reception when the DJ introduces them. I really do want to recognize our bridal party in some way but I do want to be sensitive to the fact that she doesn't like to be put on the spot like that. I feel like the rest of the bridal party (BMs and GM) probably would enjoy the entrance with the exception of one of the groomsman. Does anyone have any suggestions of other ways to give them recognition during the reception? We're not doing programs so that is out. I appreciate all suggestions. Thanks!

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Latest activity by OnTheWayToMrsA, on June 4, 2017 at 3:55 PM
  • VC
    Master May 2017
    VC ·
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    Are they not wanting a grand entrance, doing some type of dance or dont even want to stand up and be recognized?

    I mean they could already be seated at their table when you and you spouse do your entrance.

    If you want to acknowledge them, do it in your thank you speech.

    Our wedding party did grand entrances and in our thank you speech both me and my husband thanked our wedding party for each of our speeches.

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  • Danielle
    Dedicated October 2017
    Danielle ·
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    Thank you for the suggestions! She's not into the grand entrance idea but I haven't come up with any other way to introduce them. But you've brought up another question....I had never heard of the bride and groom giving a thank you speech?! I've been to quite a few weddings and I don't think I've ever seen that. Is this typical?

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  • VC
    Master May 2017
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    I have never been to a wedding where the couple did NOT give a thank you speech. It's usually done at the end of night or after dinner where you thank you guests for attending and to give special thanks to those you want to like parents, siblings, relatives, guests who traveled far etc etc.

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  • Erin Wood
    Master July 2017
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    We'll thank ours during our speech and they'll get a nice gift at rehearsal dinner. That's it. My guests don't care who is standing up with me. Non of our wedding party wants to be announced and we don't expect anyone to give a speech. We just want them to enjoy themselves at the reception like the other guests.

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  • Danielle
    Dedicated October 2017
    Danielle ·
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    Got it, thank you! We are definitely doing gifts during the rehearsal dinner. I think it's so weird that I've never known about the bride and groom thank you speech. I'm not saying it doesn't make sense because it absolutely does!!! I'm just surprised I've never seen one and I've probably been to about 10 weddings. Is it a regional thing? We're getting married in NJ and all of the wedding's I've been to have been in the NY/NJ/PA/CT area.

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  • Jennifer VR
    VIP April 2017
    Jennifer VR ·
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    I've never seen the wedding party do a grand entrance at the reception.

    We just thanked them in our speeches.

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  • TheHamWhites
    Super March 2018
    TheHamWhites ·
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    I've never been to a wedding where there isn't a grand entrance and a thank you speech. It's your wedding do what you WANT.

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  • Megan
    Super October 2017
    Megan ·
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    With ours, a song will be played as the wedding party come in. Then our MC will introduce us as we enter and head to the floor for our first dance. So a separate entrance for sure but nothing too grand or singling them out individually. I am debating on when for us to give our thank you speech because I am thinking not everyone will stay until the end of the reception. So that is something I am trying to figure into the timeline.

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  • S
    Super July 2018
    SLR ·
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    I'm thinking I'll put their names on the programs and acknowledge them when I thank everyone. I'll have a small BP anyway.

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  • Mrs. Koalajetski
    Super May 2017
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    I've seen on Pinterest where you could do photo frame that says "meet the maids" and then there's a pic of them and their names.

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  • OnTheWayToMrsA
    Super August 2017
    OnTheWayToMrsA ·
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    Uh oh, I've never seen the newlyweds give a speech either. I will if I'm supposed to, but damn.. add one more thing to the list, lol.

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  • LuckyAK
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    LuckyAK ·
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    As a bridesmaid I hated when being told to do a "fun dance" with a total stranger minutes before I had to enter

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  • VC
    Master May 2017
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    @Megan - Megan you can put thank you speech at end of dinner.

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  • Danielle
    Dedicated October 2017
    Danielle ·
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    Thanks all. I like the idea of some sort of "meet the bridal party" board.

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  • Bride2Be2018
    VIP January 2018
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    I think she should suck it up and not complain to you that she's had to do it so many times. As somebody who has been a bridesmaid multiple times there are things I didn't love doing (like waking up super early to get hair/makeup done for first look and proceeding bridal party photos) but you gotta keep your mouth shut to the bride! Suck it up and be supportive Day of in my opinion. If you want an entrance for bridal party then do it. Tell her she literally can just walk in if she wants and doesn't have to do a dance(rolls eye for her complaining). You're not asking her to do a stripper pole dance for people for fucks sake. Smile and walk in when your name is called is really not a big deal I don't get the issue.

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  • Jaskra
    Devoted November 2017
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    Seems like the size of the wedding might make a difference. I've been to three this Spring, and the two larger weddings 125-200 people announced the Bridal Party. The 50 person wedding did not. It moved from ceremony straight into the reception (on the other side of a wall separating the establishment in half). I honestly hadn't even thought about it until the last wedding I went to. As a guest, I honestly don't remember any of the names they announced because I didn't know any of the party besides the bride and groom. I feel a thank you at the end of the night would be nice, but I would say I'm inclined not to make a grand entrance of ourselves or our bridal party. Because our group is so big too I figured that my bridal party could sit at some reserved tables or wherever they want as well because trying to put 17 (8 Bridesmaids, 1 Man of Honor, 6 Groomsmen, and two small children (sis-in-law and brother are in the party), but need to be with their kids of course). people at the same string of tables won't be good for conversation anyway.

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  • AdventuresofRuth
    VIP October 2017
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    I've never been to a wedding where bride and groom give a speech either - I guess it's just a personal choice. We will give one at the rehearsal dinner but not at the wedding. As for honoring the bridal party - maybe you could ask the single maid what ideas she might have? I have seen a lot of grand entrances but I have also been to weddings without them. Maybe that particular BM has an idea of something she would be comfortable with.

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  • Megan
    Super October 2017
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    @VC that is the idea I am discussing with FH now. I honestly don't know another time between then and the end of the night that would work.

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  • Nicole
    Expert May 2017
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    We didn't announce the wedding party. My bridesmaids were relieved. My husband and I wanted to keep it simple. As a bridesmaid, I hate having to stick around after the ceremony and then walk in with some stranger when I could be sitting with my significant other enjoying a glass of wine. Just being in the wedding and receiving a gift with thank you note from the bride is enough in my opinion.

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  • Danielle
    Dedicated October 2017
    Danielle ·
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    Ok thanks ladies. I'm leaning towards just axing the entrance because i agree having to be put on the spot and walk/dance in with a stranger can be awkward. And I'm glad I'm not the only one who didn't know about the thank you speech!!!

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