Introducing The Bridal Party
Everyone knows the wedding is about the bride (and maybe a little bit about the groom) but the bridal party plays a huge role, mostly behind the scenes, and they deserve to be recognized for their hard work.
There are easy ways to make sure the bridal party gets this acknowledgement, but there are also creative, fun ways to introduce your closest friends and family to all of your guests.
Make sure your MC or DJ knows the correct order the bridal party will be entering in the reception, as well as how to pronounce their names. The minimum the DJ should say is their first and last name and role in the bridal party. Something else you can consider adding is how they each know the bride or groom. Another fun tidbit to add is just a fun fact about each person. For example, “John Doe is the best man and was the groom’s roommate and wing-man in college—he’s the one who introduced the groom to the bride!”
Don’t forget to introduce the ring bearer and flower girl!
It’s common to put information about the bridal party in the program for your guests to read, and while this is helpful, it can be impersonal and doesn’t give them a chance to put names to faces. Consider putting in a small photo next to each member of the bridal party along with a short bio. Weddings are about joining two families, but the bride and groom need to facilitate this, and the best way to start this is to introduce the bridal party.
Other Tips for Formal Introductions
Make sure your bridal party is comfortable with each other. Even if they don’t know each other before the ceremony, encourage them to spend some time together, since they will be walking and dancing together all day.
Enter the reception hall excited. When your guests see you and your bridal party having a great time, they will be more excited and will participate in the festivities more eagerly.
Communicate well with your DJ or MC. If you have hired a professional, he or she will have lots of ideas for how to spice up your introductions and can facilitate the whole procession.
Encourage your wedding party to do something fun as they enter your reception. Choreograph a dance routine and have the members of your bridal party waltz, tango, or wobble their way into the reception hall. Let each couple decide individually which dance they want to use for their entrance.
Use props. Find toys or other props that fit your theme and have your bridal party use them during their introductions.
Still not sold with these introductions? Consider this:
Put together a meet the bridal party table. All you need to do is put each person’s name, picture, and some information about them in a picture frame. Here are some ideas for what to include in the information section:
How they know the bride/groom
Where they are from
A fun fact
A funny quote from them that was said at some point during the wedding planning
These picture frames don’t have to be for just the bridal party either. You can include the parents of the bride and groom, the ring bearer, the flower girl, and anyone else you think deserves one!
However you choose to do the introductions, make sure you include a big thank you to all those who helped to make your day special, and if you are hiring a professional DJ don’t forget to thank him/her too for bringing your special day to an unforgettable conclusion,