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Chantal
Expert May 2021

Grand Entrance... Then What?

Chantal, on March 11, 2020 at 3:55 PM Posted in Wedding Reception 1 20
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I am plotting out the day of timeline for our wedding (getting a grasp on it, at least), and I realized I have no idea what people do after a grand entrance. We don't want to do our first dance right away, we'd rather have dinner and toasts before the dance so we can transition from our first dance to getting everybody else on the dance floor.

What did you all do or plan to do right after your entrance into the reception? Are you just going to sit down and let dinner commence? I'd really like to get some face time in with my guests and I'm not sure where that is going to fit into a three hour long reception when there's toasts/dances/cake cutting etc. It feels weird to me to just be like "and here is the bride and groom! Now everyone sit at your own tables and eat your food."

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Latest activity by Alisha, on March 13, 2020 at 4:01 PM
  • Melle
    Legend June 2019
    Melle ·
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    Yeah after the grand entrance we went right into the first dance because we figure all eyes on us already
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  • Caytlyn
    Legend November 2019
    Caytlyn ·
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    My wife gave a welcome speech then dinner began.
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  • Emma
    Devoted March 2021
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    We decided that we aren't going to do a receiving line after the ceremony and instead we are going to walk around and greet guests after our entrance. We only have 50 guests and an hour of downtime between when we get there and dinner so I anticipate being able to get to most, if not all, of our guests before dinner. That could be a good option.

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  • Katie
    Devoted March 2019
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    We did a "grand entrance" of just my husband and I - all guests and wedding party already seated at the dinner tables. The DJ had a mic set up near our head table and when we walked in (we took the long way around the room to get max face time walking the room) we gave a quick welcome, thank you for coming, thanks to our families, wedding party, etc. followed by a quick cheers of drinks and then let dinner commence!

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  • Sara
    Dedicated August 2020
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    Our dance floor and dining hall are in separate rooms so we figured our grand entrance is going to be through the dance floor we might as do our first dance then too! I would think going to dinner after a grand entrance would be just fine! It's what you prefer
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  • Kelsi
    Expert June 2020
    Kelsi ·
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    Are you having a prayer before dinner? Once everyone sits after grand entrance, that's usually a good transition.

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  • MrsD
    Legend July 2019
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    We did our first dance right away. If you don't want to, you could do your grand entrance then say a quick thank you speech?

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  • Chantal
    Expert May 2021
    Chantal ·
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    We thought about that, too, but we aren't really dancers so we want people to come dance with us halfway through our song Smiley smile

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  • Chantal
    Expert May 2021
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    That sounds like a good idea. Did people approach you two during dinner?

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  • Chantal
    Expert May 2021
    Chantal ·
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    That sounds lovely Smiley smile We have about 200 guests attending (probably) and so I'm afraid we wouldn't be able to do that kind of thing with our short timeline. But that sounds like it'll be awesome!

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  • Chantal
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    I am leaning towards something along these lines Smiley smile Thank you so much!

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  • Chantal
    Expert May 2021
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    Thank you Smiley smile I'm sure your grand entrance is going to be fabulous

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  • Chantal
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    Chantal ·
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    We are! I am leaning towards having my Dad welcome (as father of the bride), praying for food, and then having dinner commence. We will give our thank yous after the other toasts Smiley smile

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  • Chantal
    Expert May 2021
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    Thank you so much! I am pretty sure this is what we'll do Smiley smile

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  • Caytlyn
    Legend November 2019
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    Only my MIL, but that’s because she has no boundaries or manners.
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  • L
    Super October 2020
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    Cut the cake? I think I will do that between salad and dinner. Talk to your venue about flow. It might help.

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  • Rebecca
    Rockstar August 2019
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    We did a sword fight skit with our friends.

    ...But we're actors.

    You can always have speeches, there, or just do the first dance. Talk with your DJ and your venue coordinator. They have a good grasp of these things.

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  • Chantal
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    Chantal ·
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    Oh my gosh, a sword fight! That one would've never crossed my mind Smiley xd Your wedding day sounds amazing.

    We'll probably do a welcome speech. Thanks for your input, Rebecca! Smiley smile

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  • Chantal
    Expert May 2021
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    Thank you so much!

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  • Alisha
    Devoted August 2020
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    You brought up some good points.. I thought I was clear with what I wanted but you're right do you want to just start eating (because you'll probably be starving by then) or start greeting/dancing? do you have wedding planners? My venue came with a wedding planning team so I should probably see what people usually do before I decide 🤔
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