Hello my name is Jack Barros, professional wedding DJ and author of Modern Wedding Ceremony 101. An eBook on American wedding ceremonies available to you on my website.
welcome to the next edition in the Wedding Reception Planning series. How to Choose a Wedding Introduction Style.
In previous articles we discussed that there are a lot of traditions that you can have in your wedding reception but you don’t have to have any of them some of them or make up your own. One tradition that endures is the introduction into the wedding reception.
In this article we will discuss how to choose a wedding introduction style. Will you choose a relaxed casual introduction for the first time as newlyweds or will you have a loud and rowdy, party type introduction to the world.
First, how formal is your wedding reception going to be? Your wedding reception introduction helps to set the stage for what kind of a reception party you are going to have.
While you may not enjoy the spotlight on you, this is your introduction into the formal reception, I suggest making your intro interesting or memorable in some way. Let your guests know that after dinner they are in for a great time. In many parts of the country, such as in the Boston, MA area, nothing really happens until after dinner.
Have you ever been to a wedding that dragged on and on and just never seemed to end? You look at your date and start looking for the closest exit. I am sure you do not want that type of wedding reception.
The reason this happens is that while the bride and groom have had an extremely busy day, your guests have been waiting for you to join them. Many of them attended the ceremony and went immediately to the reception venue. Prior to the reception starting it is typical for the wedding party and close family members to gather for formal pictures.
During this time, we typically provide our guests with appetizers and background music. From the start of the ceremony to the start of the introductions could be 1 to 3 hours. There is not a lot of activity that keeps your guests entertained. Your introduction can add energy and excitement into your reception that will carry through dinner.
The easiest way to show your wedding introduction style is with the music you choose. There are many different types of music and music tempos to choose from. For low key wedding receptions, you may choose love songs for your introduction. Want your guests to get into a dance mood? I recommend something upbeat and fun.
Now that you have an idea of your introduction style, it is time to pick the music that will aid in setting just the right tone for your reception. What we will talk about is how many songs should you use in your wedding reception introduction?
You can have as many songs as there are people in your wedding party! While that used to be difficult for your wedding entertainers to accomplish, it is now much easier for your professional wedding DJ to provide.
One factor to consider when choosing songs, is how long will it take the person being introduced to walk in the room? Is there enough time for the relevant section of the song to play?
Often brides and grooms will choose songs for the various parts of the bridal party. For the parents you will choose a song from your parents’ generation, while choosing music from your own generation for your bridal party.
Another choice is playing one song for the parents and formal bridal party, and one song for the bride and groom. With the simplest choice being to have one song used for all of the introductions.
Music gives you the ability to have the wedding introduction you have always dreamed about.
What style will you choose for your wedding introduction? Leave a comment below with your style or wedding introduction song?
You have been introduced into your wedding reception, now what? Find out in the next article in the Wedding Reception Planning series, What to Do After the Wedding Introduction.
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