7 Timeless Wedding Reception Entry Ideas + Tips on Making an Unforgettable Grand Entrance

Article by BlissLights LLCMon, Oct 17, 22
7 Timeless Wedding Reception Entry Ideas + Tips on Making an Unforgettable Grand Entrance

Within the next few weeks, your best friend, family member, or loved one is tying the knot with their special person. You’ve also been tasked with creating a memorable entrance for their wedding reception. This list of seven wedding reception entry ideas can help you make an entrance everyone will remember for years to come.

How to introduce the wedding party at a reception?

Once the ceremony ends, the master of ceremonies (MC) will introduce the newlyweds and their wedding party before the celebratory meal. Typically, the wedding party will line up in the order they walked down the aisle and enter the venue when the MC calls their name.

What is the order of the bridal party entrance?

After the groom and his family walk down the aisle during the wedding ceremony, the bridesmaids and groomsmen will enter together. Typically, the first two people to walk down the aisle are those standing the furthest away from the bride and groom, followed by the others. The persons of honor are last to walk down the aisle before the bride.

Tips to getting the ultimate wedding party entrance reaction

One of the wedding party’s duties is to pump up the crowd before the newly married couple makes their grand entrance. Here are a few things to consider when planning your bridal party entrances.

Get organized

The bride and groom have probably spent countless hours planning their wedding, so the least you can do is ensure a fun, organized entrance. A great way to do this is to collaborate with your DJ beforehand. Before each duo enters the main area, ask the DJ to give a short introduction. Then, after the introduction, have the DJ play a song each duo chooses to get the crowd pumped and ready to dance the night away.

Get creative

Weddings only have one walkout that introduces the wedding party to the entire audience, so you have only one shot to make a mark. Instead of something low-key that skips the classic grand dance floor entrance, come up with a few unique wedding party entrance ideas. From a flash mob entrance to a full-blown light show, your wedding entrance is sure to make the party shine.

Get the DJ involved

The best way to get the crowd pumped is to involve the DJ in your wedding entrance. Whether that’s having them set a beat or blast your favorite song, you want everyone nodding their heads and swaying in their seats.

wedding dj equipment

Play with the lighting

The best lights for wedding reception entries move in sync with the beat of the music. Colorful LED strips and classic disco balls, for example, can create the ultimate party vibe. You can also add a galaxy light to take the wedding reception out of this world.

Keep it fun (and appropriate!)

Grandparents, parents, and little kids will all see your wedding reception entry ideas on the big day, so you should keep them appropriate. Break dances, fun skits, and one-of-a-kind handshakes are just a few ideas that are both unique and appropriate.

Coordinate with the entire wedding party

Whether you’re entering in pairs or as a unit, you should coordinate with everyone in the wedding party so you’re all on the same page. This way, there won’t be any duplicate entrances, and each duo can ascend to their moment of fame.

wedding party entrance with sparklers

7 timeless wedding reception entry ideas

After the wedding ceremony, it’s time to enter the reception and get the party started. From piggyback rides to a full-blown dance-off, here are some fun entrances you and the wedding party can try on the special day.

1. Organize a flash mob

If there’s a large guest list, get some of the guests involved in the party entrance and organize a flash mob. Start with a few people from the wedding party. Then, as the music keeps playing, more people from the crowd can join.

Take your flash mob up a notch by incorporating some additional items such as sunglasses or photobooth props, disco lights for the back drop, and confetti bombs for the grand finale. Then, place a large boombox in the center of the dance floor and play an upbeat tune to get the party started.

2. A laser light show

For a wedding entry that’s out of this world, transform the reception venue to mimic the galaxies above and beyond us all. To prepare for your entrance, ask the MC to dim the overhead lights and turn off the background music. Then, when the MC announces your arrival, play your party tunes and twirl around under the floating nebulas and stars of the Sky Lite Evolve.

With this realistic laser projector, everyone can dance the night away under the stars right inside the reception venue. Sway to the music and drift away under colorful drifting clouds and striking laser stars that you can set to any pace. But why stop there? With just a few taps on your phone screen, the Sky Lite’s effects, brightness, and colors can be changed to mix things up as the entire wedding party is introduced.

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3. Piggyback ride

Let’s say you’re searching for a cute wedding reception entry idea that doesn’t take much effort or planning but can definitely make the audience smile. In that case, you can opt for a classic piggyback ride entrance in your wedding plans.

Head to the dancefloor like you’re in a rodeo ring – your wedding party partner carrying you on their back, your hand swinging in the air. You can even go the extra mile and throw some flower petals or wear a cowgirl hat. The additional accessories will immediately transport the audience to the Wild West.

4. Make it rain

They say rain is good luck on a wedding day, but what’s even better luck is if it’s raining dollar bills. After the wedding party enters the reception area, have them line up with sunglasses on and dollar bills in hand. Then, turn on a disco light and crank the party tunes. As you dance your way up to the stage, the wedding party can make it rain with some dollar bills. This can transport you right to Vegas without leaving the wedding venue.

dollar bills

5. A dance-off

Whether you’re a professional choreographer or you can barely match a beat, a dance-off is a classic way to get the audience amped. You can do a one-on-one dance competition with your wedding party partner. Or you can gather the whole wedding party for a battle of team bride versus team groom.

6. Swap outfits

For an entrance idea that’s sure to give the audience a good laugh, try swapping outfits with your wedding party partner. Right before you enter the venue, head to a changing room to quickly trade outfits – including shoes – with your partner. Then, dim the lights and dance your way onto the stage in your new wedding attire. You’ll instantly create a vibrant party scene just in time for the bride and groom to arrive.

7. A confetti or balloon drop

A balloon or confetti drop can make for an unforgettable wedding entrance idea. When choosing your balloons and confetti, ensure they match the wedding theme. Then, amp up your entrance with rainbow-colored lights to make your decor shine even more.

The BlissRadia is both the perfect ambient light for your wedding reception entry ideas and an intriguing tabletop decor piece. Set the scene and choose any color option that will highlight your confetti and balloons. Or you can cycle through every color of the rainbow for a glow that transforms the wedding venue into a scene straight out of Cinderella.

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Create the ultimate wedding reception entrance with BlissLights

No matter which wedding reception entry ideas you’re considering, you’ll need immersive lighting to get the party started. LED lights and galaxy projectors are two great examples, and you can find both with BlissLights. Browse the BlissLights collection now to see your wedding reception in a whole new light.

About BlissLights

BlissLights has been a leader in the laser lighting industry since the company was founded in 2006. Our team of experienced engineers and technicians helped create award-winning special effect lighting for major theme parks before minaturizing ourpatented technology for home use. BlissLights is dedicated to laser safety and education, and is registered with the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH).

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