Our bridal party is small, I have 4 bridesmaids...one of which is still questionable so it might be 3 and FH has only his best man. I was thinking of skipping the introduction for the bridal party. Would that seem weird for a wedding? Is anyone else skipping out on that?
It's not required, I plan on skipping it altogether. We'll have them with us for a few pictures after the ceremony (only three bridesmaids and two groomsmen), then they can go to cocktail hour with the rest of the guests. We'll be the only ones introduced formally.
If you're not going to have them introduced into the reception, I would find another way to honor them. Their names in a program, on a program sign, whatever. I think it's important to honor your bridal party members, not just have them stand there and pose for your photos.
Our bridal party is small as well. I'm not doing the introduction for the bridal party, and I'm not having programs saying who they are. My wedding is somewhat small and everyone knows each other. Anyone that doesn't will be introduced at the rehearsal dinner.
We are only having 3 each in our parties. But since we are also having a military wedding we'll have the marines with the arch of swords. The only reason we're introducing the party is because we will also be introducing the marines. We are getting married on the Marine Corps birthday the day before Veterans day. So I wanted to do a special thank you for them and all the Veterans at our wedding.
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That sounds good enough especially since it’s a small wedding and everyone is already acquainted. I was thinking of when FH and I say our thank you speech we’ll honor them at that time.
That's really awesome!! My brother is a retired Marine (after 22 yrs of service), and he was married twice during that time, but never incorporated the Marine Corps into his weddings. That would have been so cool!! Great tribute to all the service men and women!
We're doing programs, but not formally introducing our party. We have three on each side, and in addition to it being a small-ish party, I don't think I've seen a bridal party entrance to date that wasn't awkward for at least one of the BM/GM, so skipping it seemed right for us.
I don’t think it would seem weird at all. We kind of met in the middle— didn’t have any interest in the big to-do, but I still wanted to acknowledge them *a little bit* , so, they walked in right ahead of us all together as a group, and the DJ just read off their names down a list. This was all just over the intro for our first dance song playing on a loop in the background before we were announced. It was perfect for us because it ‘honored’ them but wasn’t a drawn out event— quick and easy and then they were all up by the dance floor for front row view of our first dance
Bridal party introductions are a recent trend, modeled on celebrity functions, people having their own signature music, and every person introduced. Like many things people imitate from reality TV, I would be happy to see them disappear, with only the Bride and Groom named, using their after marriage names of choice. Traditionally, you do not have multiple spotlight dances done separately, or grand entrances, or introductions of the whole bridal party when they enter. And when we go to weddings where there is none of the extra baloney, I by far prefer it. This last month, we went to one of each type. And everyone was restless and bored as after the B and G dance, first the bride danced with her Dad, to a song, everyone watched. Then groom and mom, another song, everyone watched. Then groom with MOB and Bride with FOG, together, to another song. Then they paired off the wedding party. Everyone watched. 45 minutes. Not a single guest had the slightest interest after the first 5 minutes. The other did it more traditionally. B and G. Then an announcement, that G and mom and B and Dad would start, and after one waltz around the floor, everyone join in. And couples stood on the sidelines for one minute, so the photographer got a good shot if B and Dad, and G and Mom, then joined the couples. Any other dancing was for everyone, though B and G did some promised dancing. Far more people actually danced after watching only one dance. Where when they had sat chugging 2 drinks or so, while waiting 45 minutes, few bothered. Sitting around watching, not dancing, is boring. Meanwhile, with less time watching dances, the couple had more relaxed time talking with, and dancing, with guests. Less show, more social time, is always my preference.