Wedding Reception Planning Series
The Who and When of Wedding Receptions
Hi my name is Jack Barros, Boston area wedding DJ and author of Modern Wedding Ceremony 101. A short eBook on American wedding ceremonies.
Welcome to the Wedding Reception Planning series. In this video series we’ll discuss the typical American wedding reception.
The goal is to get you the information you need to help plan the wedding of your dreams.
The second article in the Wedding Reception planning series is the Who & When of the Wedding Introduction.
You know that in American weddings there are a lot of great traditions that you can choose to celebrate. Often times we can get overwhelmed with trying to do them all.
Choose the ones that have meaning to you, your spouse and your families. Great thing is that you can modify, or even start your own family tradition.
Your professional wedding DJ or emcee may have ideas unique to your venue and part of the country
Who Will it Be?
Decision time! The first decision you will need to make is to determine who will be introduced.
How many do you want to be introduced? Your choices are from the least amount people, 2, to the most amount of people, everyone involved in the ceremony to introduce.
For those of you who missed the previous video in this series, Wedding Introductions in General, following is a quick recap.
You may choose to introduce only your selves the bride and groom. The next choice would be to include the formal bridal party, which are the bridesmaids and groomsmen.
You may also want to include the flower girl and ring bearer with the bridal party.
Most common in the New England area is to introduce everyone associated with the wedding ceremony including the bride and grooms’ parents as described below.
VIP’s and other Notable Guests
Do you have any notable guests? Notable guests include your grandparents or other family members not in the formal bridal party,
In that case there are two options for you. First you can have them introduced just before your parents or you may have them recognized at their table.
Most brides and grooms choose the latter.
Traditionally the bride’s parents would be the hosts, read payee of the wedding reception, and would there for be the first to be introduced.
Most wedding receptions today are paid for by anyone we can get to help us. If you have a host, they should be the first to be introduced.
All of the parents are typically introduced before introducing the bridal party.
I have seen many brides and grooms choose to have one of their parents play another role in their wedding receptions by asking them to be Matron of Honor or Best Man.
In that case you may choose to have the remaining parent come in solo or have another member of the family escort the them into the room.
Discuss this with your professional wedding DJ or emcee, they may have other suggestions that may be unique to your wedding area
If you are having a very young Flower Girl and or a Ring Bearer, you may have them come in right after your parents so they have someone they know to follow.
The Formal Bridal Party will be introduced beginning with bridesmaids (brides’ attendants) and groomsmen (ushers) followed by the Maid/Matron of Honor and Best Man.
Does it Matter?
The order the couples are introduced matters if everyone is sitting at the Head Table.
In that case you have choice of having all the bridesmaids and usher sit together or for the couples to remain in pairs.
No matter who or how many you introduce, You and your spouse are introduced last.
There you have the Who and the When of wedding reception introductions.
In the next video we will talk about wedding introduction etiquette. How to introduce your parents in a Modern Family!
In today’s Modern Family, we have multiple parents, due to many different reasons. We’ll talk about how we introduce them all at your wedding reception.
Until then, you have a Great Day!