After the social (cocktail) hour, guests will be
invited to take their seats in the reception area.
Depending on the number of guests, this should
take about ten minutes. While the guests are being
seated, the person doing your introductions will
be getting the bridal party in order. As soon as
guests are seated and the bridal party is in order,
the introductions should begin.
Ideally, your DJ or bandleader is in charge of making
these introductions because this creates the smoothest
transition from music to each introduction. There
are some halls that like to have their own banquet
director announce the bridal party. In a situation
like that, you should make the final decision as
to who should have this responsibility.
Here is a suggestion, when you compile a list of
your bridal party names (for the announcer), you
may want to write down something about each person
so your guests will know why that person is special
to you. Whether it is funny or sentimental, everyone
will enjoy this personal touch.
Introductions are usually performed in this order:
A grandmother should always be escorted. (Grandparents can also be introduced
from their table).
2. Parents of the bride
3. Parents of the groom
If there is an extended family.
The bride's mother and her escort are introduced first.
Next, the bride's dad with whomever he is escorting.
Then, the groom's mother with her escort.
Last, the groom's father with whomever he is escorting. (A mother should always
4. Flower Girl with Ring Bearer
5. Jr. Bridesmaid and Jr. Usher
6. Bridesmaids and Ushers (If there is an extra
maid or usher, three people could be announced together).
7. Maid or Matron of Honor and Best Man
8. The Bride and Groom
The music: Instrumentals (with no vocalist singing)
are usually played for the introductions. Choose
two songs, one for the bridal party and one for the
bride and groom.
You may want to consider a song that is unique and
personal, especially for the introduction of the
bride and groom. For example a bride and groom that
are in the Navy might choose "Anchors Away!"
About six weeks before your wedding date, you should
have a meeting with the person doing the introductions.
At that meeting, go over the names and order of all
who will be introduced.
Don't worry if on your wedding day there is a last
minute change. A Professional bandleader or DJ should
have no problem at all making the changes.
Lastly, if you don't want all the above people introduced,
it is perfectly fine to have just the bride and groom
It is your special day to share with your friends
and family however you choose.
By Mikki Viereck, a band leader/singer and wedding
consultant since 1972.
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