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Wedding Reception Entrance Ideas

There are lots about a wedding day that is traditional. There’s certain milestones throughout the day, that are truly magical and ones you’ll look back on. There’s the walk down the aisle. The couple seeing each other for the first time. The kiss after becoming married, the speeches, the first dance and the cutting of the cake.

But one of the most underrated parts of the day is the entrance into the meal as a married couple. It is one of those parts of the day that most couples doesn’t give a thought to, but it is one of the most enjoyable. It’s the first time you’ll be referred to as Mr & Mrs, Mrs & Mrs Mr & Mr, or the bride and groom etc. Generally your guests all rise to their feet and cheer and clap and it’s just a truly relaxed beautiful moment.

So why not give some thought to how you’re actually going to do your entrance? From flash mobs, to balloon drops to everything in between, there are plenty of ways to really make your entrance.

If you’d like to chat about this or any other aspect of your wedding day plans, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly.

 

Music or Dance

Whether you have a favourite song you both love to absolutely boogie too, or you want to surprise your guests with a specially choreographed routine to knock their socks off, this sort of entrance, really defines the expression ‘making an entrance!’ If you do go for this option, then go all the way with it. Do make sure you discuss it with your other half first, as going off half-cocked freestyle can lead to disaster. Remember though, everyone who is there is a friend or family so they’ll all be cheering you on.

 

Balloon Drop

Why not go for something really unexpected like a balloon, rose petal or confetti drop? This still give the entrance a fun element, but takes the pressure off the couple to perform.

 

 

Quirky Ideas

Why not arrive into the venue with the bride on the groom’s back piggyback or fireman’s lift style? Or have a finish line set up and run through it? Or what about being lead in by a live singer or why not dim the light sin the room and come in with sparklers or have a light show organised?

 

Flash Mob

This one involves the entire bridal party so get your bridesmaids and best man in on the action. Arrive into the venue in whatever style you wish, generally to music and then usher the rest of the crowd onto the dancefloor too. Its huge fun and a great way to break the ice before the meal and speeches too.

 

 

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Tips on Choosing a Wedding Band

There are many things that your guests will comment on about your wedding, months and even years after the day itself. Often it’s comments on ‘how good the food was,’ or ‘how lucky you were with the weather,’ and so on. But one of the most remembered parts of the evening, not only for the guests but for you too, is the music. People are likely to remember whether they were up dancing all night, or whether they sat it out instead. The point is, that your wedding band is a very important choice. By the time you get to the dancing, it is the part of the evening when you can relax. The ceremony is over, the speeches are done and once you’ve finished the first dance, it’s time to let your hair down, so picking a band that will play music you both like as a couple, as well as music that will get all the guests up on the dancefloor is key.

As a wedding planner with years of experience behind me, I’ve advised many couples on their choice of band. Here’s my top tips on things to consider when picking yours. If you’d like to chat about this or any other aspect of your day in more detail then please get in touch.

 

What Style
One of the first things to consider when choosing your band is they style of music you want. Many couples just want a range of music from across the decades that will guarantee a full dancefloor all night. However some couples want to have a specific style of music, such as swing music, or 90s style beats, an 80s tribute wedding band or even something more jazz inspired. Thankfully whatever style of music you want, there is guaranteed to be a band out there that will suit.
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See Your Band in the Flesh
This is crucial. You might have watched a clip of your prospective band on YouTube, but nothing beats seeing them in the flesh. Thankfully most bands run free showcases around the country for this exact purpose, or of course if you’ve been at a friend’s wedding and fell in love with their band, then you already know they can deliver.
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Size of Band
This is will depend to a large extent on your budget. For example a 10 piece band with full brass section will cost much more than a three piece band. You’ve got to weight up the cost with the sound you want to have on the day, so again going to the showcases is a great way to identify how many people you’ll want in your band. Also consider the venue size, while most can accommodate a sizeable band, some venues will have limited in space. If in doubt, ask (see the next point below.)
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Have They Played Your Venue Before?
This is a very important point to ask your prospective band for a number of reasons. Firstly, it means they will be familiar with the venue and how to get there. Secondly, it means they will be able to breeze through the set up and break down procedures with minimal fuss, thirdly if they’ve played your venue several times, it’s a safe bet that they are a good band that can pack the floor all evening.
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Song Choice
Never be afraid to let your band know what songs you want to hear and equally what songs you don’t want to hear. They are professionals who are used to tailoring their sets for their clients preferences, so don’t be shy. We all have our favourites and your wedding day is the ideal day to hear them. Similarly if there is a song either of you just hate then make sure you communicate this to the band so they do not play it.
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The Nitty Gritty
Finally it’s good to check the fine print with your band before you put down your deposit. Never assume they will play for a set number of hours, or will turn up at a set time, always check these details. Also make sure to ask if they provide an after band DJ service and if they will do a special deal if you book both services. Also don’t be afraid to ask about lighting and attire, as well as what sort of backdrop you band will have on the night, as these will all impact the look of your wedding reception.

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