Weddings are about so much more than the ceremony. The reception is one of the most anticipated parts of your big day and it’s a fun occasion for your friends and family to celebrate with you.
One way to get the party started and set the tone for the evening is to make your wedding entrance fun and memorable by doing something special with your bridal party.
Your wedding entrance is an opportunity to showcase your creativity and set the tone for an unforgettable celebration.
Consider incorporating personalized elements that reflect your wedding theme and the personalities of your bridal party, whether it’s a choreographed dance routine, a surprise performance, or a unique entrance prop.
There are many different ways to do this, depending on what type of aesthetics you’re going for, other elements that have already been added to your wedding theme and the personalities in your bridal party.
Throughout this article, we will share how to successfully get the party started and offer some suggestions for fun wedding party entrance ideas into your reception.
Keep It Orderly and Have Fun!
Who should be involved in this fun entrance?
To help you get started, here’s a list of who should be in line for their entrance to the reception:
- Bridal party members
- Bride and groom
- Maid of honor (if there is one)
- Best man (if there is one)
- Father of the bride and mother of the bride if they’re walking down separately
When you’ve got a big wedding party, deciding who should go first and last can be tricky. The bride’s parents should always enter right before the newlyweds, but the rest of your wedding party can go in any order that works for you.
When planning this part of your reception entrance, think about who will be most comfortable walking in together. If your best man and maid of honor are dating or married to each other, they may want to walk in together as well. If not, consider having them pair up with another bridal party member (like an aunt or uncle) so that they don’t feel left out of all the fun!
How Should the DJ Introduce Members of the Bridal Party?
Typically the bridal party, including the newlyweds, their siblings and parents, are announced by both first and last name as they enter the wedding reception space.
You can have your DJ go the classic route and play it safe by just announcing names or you could add a fun twist — how? Consider giving your DJ 1 or 2 sentences with fun facts or a joke about each person to announce along with their name to get the crowd into the entrance.
An example would be, “Here we have Maid of Honor Vanessa. She’s crazy, fun-loving and a good friend of Jose Cuervo — watch out, Bartender!”
Play Upbeat Music for the Entrance – Select a Few Songs to Keep it Interesting
You don’t want to have just one long song, but you also don’t want it to seem like the music never ends. Make sure to play a good fast song that fits your theme and gets the crowd on their feet. Whether you and your future spouse are looking for the perfect song to be announced as partners for the first time or you are looking for fun songs that will shine the spotlight on your fantastic wedding party, we have ideas.
Here are some ideas for bridal party entrance songs:
- “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” – Justin Timberlake
- “I Gotta Feeling” – The Black Eyed Peas
- “Uptown Funk” – Bruno Mars
- “Feel This Moment” – Pitbull
- “Let’s Hear it for the Boy” – Deniece Williams
- “Rock You Like a Hurricane” – The Scorpions
- “Run the World” – Beyoncé
- “Raise Your Glass” – Pink
- “Happy” – Pharrel Williams
- “Let’s Groove” – Earth, Wind & Fire
- “Who Let the Dogs Out” – Baha Men
- “Best Day of My Life” – American Authors
- “Dynamite” – Taio Cruz
- “Watermelon Sugar” – Harry Styles
- “Shut Up and Dance” – Walk the Moon
- “My House” – Flo Rida
- “Where Are You Now” – Calum Scott and the Lost Frequencies
- “About Damn Time” – Lizzo
- “Sugar” – Maroon 5
- “Walking on Sunshine” – Katrina and the Waves
- “All You Need Is Love” – The Beatles
- “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” – Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell
- “Love Me Like You Do” – Ellie Goulding
- “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor” – Arctic Monkeys
- “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” – The Darkness
- “Welcome to the Jungle” – Guns N’ Roses
- “All I Do Is Win (ft. T-Pain, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross)” – DJ Khaled
- “U Can’t Touch This” – MC Hammer
- “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love (ft. Pitbull)” – Usher
- “My Kinda Party” – Jason Aldean
- “Life Is a Highway” – Rascal Flatts
- “Party People” – Florida Georgia Line
- “Just Dance” – Lady Gaga
- “Another One Bites the Dust” – Queen
- “Glad You Came” – The Wanted
- “Higher Love” – Kygo and Whitney Houston
- “We Are Family” – Sister Sledge
- “Sweet Caroline” – Neil Diamond
- “Don’t Stop Believin’” – Journey
Whatever songs you choose, make sure they’re fun, hip and easy to sing along to so that guests can really get in the mood to party with you.
These Ideas Are Guaranteed to Make Your Bridal Entrance One to Remember
The entrance is a great way to kick off your reception and make it memorable. Planning this part of the night is a must, but don’t worry — we’ve got you covered!
Here are some of our favorite ideas for a fun bridal party entrance:
1. Have a Dance Battle:
Is your bridal party in the mood for a bit of competition? We love the idea of having a dance battle between walking partners as they enter your reception. Whether you have two bridesmaids, two groomsmen or a bridesmaid and groomsmen walking together, you can have them enter into a friendly dance competition as they enter your reception space. You can allow them to choose their favorite song to dance to or you can surprise them with a song of your choice and see who gives the best moves.
2. Chest Bumps:
Another classic wedding entrance for bridal parties is the chest bump. Again, no matter who you pair together from your bridal party as they enter your reception, they can do this move. Just try not to hit chests too hard, like in this video.
3. Switch Clothes:
This one isn’t for everyone, but it can be funny. If some of your bridal party can fit into one another’s clothing, switching clothes as a surprise to other guests can get some laughs and pump up the party.
4. Incorporate The Couple’s Favorite Movies:
Are you and your soon-to-be spouse big movie fans? Then this is for you! Why not have your bridal party incorporate scenes from your favorite movies into their entrance to your reception? The same goes for TV shows too. Check out this awesome wedding entrance where the bridal party was inspired by the hit TV show “The Office.”
5. The Classic Charlie’s Angel Pose:
We all know the Charlie’s Angels pose, a true classic that transcends generations and cultures. This is perfect for any amount of people walking in together.
6. Utilize the Photo Booth Props:
Do you have a photo booth at your wedding? Why not encourage your bridal party to walk in and use the props during their entrance? This will be fun and unique and put each bridal party member’s personality on full display, but it will also make guests even more excited about using your photo booth later in the evening.
7. Pregnant Bridesmaids Can Have Fun Too:
If you have a pregnant bridesmaid in your bridal party, she can really make a scene when she enters. One idea that we love is having a pregnant bridesmaid pretend to give birth to a beer!
8. Shots, Shots, Shots – Everybody:
A classic ode to a favorite millennial tune – shots! Have your bridal party line up and pour shots down a line for them to take to get the party started.
9. Piggyback Rides:
A fun and easy wedding entrance idea for your bridal party that nearly everyone can do!
10. Arrive in Style with a Miniature Whip:
Let your inner child out by allowing your bridal party to arrive at your wedding reception on Power Wheels — this is also perfect for ring-bearers and flower girls.
Allowing your bridal party to bounce ideas for their entrance on you, thinking outside the box and just simply having fun with it will make your bridal party entrance unforgettable.
Check out these other posts for the ultimate bridal party:
- The Best 1990s Dance Songs For Your Wedding Reception
- Wedding Reception Entrance Ideas For Bridal Party
- What Are The Order Of Events For A Wedding Reception?
Coordinate with the DJ, Videographer and Photographer
Make sure there are no surprises for anyone involved in planning or working the reception – like the photographer, DJ and videographer.
The DJ is the one who will coordinate with the wedding party to make sure everyone knows who is supposed to be out there during their entrance. They’ll also be able to play songs that fit your theme, announce names and make introductions as needed and act as a hype man for the crowd.
You also want to make sure that you coordinate this with the photographer. You should let your photographer know that you have something special planned for your bridal party entrance and where you will be entering so that they are in the best location to snap unforgettable photos.
Any other service providers who need access through doors, like a caterer, should have their schedule planned out well in advance so as not to interfere with any other part of things going smoothly for the big entrance.
The last thing you want is for a server to walk in on your cue by mistake because you didn’t tell the waitstaff or wedding planner when or where you would be entering your reception.
Save the Best Entrance for The Newlyweds
Make sure your bridal party has fun and prepares the crowd for the main attraction and best entrance – you! Also make sure that whatever you allow your bridal party to do for their entrances doesn’t overshadow you and your new spouse.
Save the best for last and ensure that your guests will never forget your entrance. Here are some ideas for you and your new spouse as you enter your reception.
Display Your Culture or Love for Each Other:
Are you having a destination wedding or have strong ties to a foreign culture? Why not display your love for it by incorporating it into your grand entrance? For example, if you’re getting married in Mexico, why not hire a mariachi band to escort you to your reception?
Make it Colorful:
Want to go all out for your grand entrance in full color? If your reception space allows it, try to bring colored smoke bombs to make an unforgettable entrance!
Fog Machines and Laser Lights:
It goes without saying that this is a pretty epic way to start a party of any sort.
Play a Slideshow:
A more thoughtful and sentimental idea is to have a slideshow playing of you and your spouse growing up or a slideshow of your relationship as you enter. This will bring in some emotions and maybe even get a few tears from the crowd.
No matter how you decide to enter your wedding reception, make sure that it is true to not only your personality but your new spouse’s personality too.
Final Thoughts on Wedding Party Entrance Ideas
We hope these ideas will help you make your reception entrance a fun and memorable moment for your guests. We also want to remind you that the best way to ensure success is to keep it simple.
If you plan on using an elaborate entrance, don’t forget about all of the other details that go into planning a wedding.
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As a multi-passionate creative and a self-proclaimed frequent flyer of weddings, Kiara combines her love for the wedding industry and experience as a professional wedding photographer with her writing abilities to share tips, tricks, and helpful information with couples. She is the owner of Switech Studios a popular wedding photography business. With tons of insider information from behind her camera lens on how to have the best wedding possible, Kiara’s in-depth knowledge is sure to put you on the road to wedding planning success.