How to Announce Bridal Party at Reception

The announcement of your bridal party can set the tone for your whole reception. Whether it's fun and festive or formal and orderly, the introduction lets guests know what to expect for the remainder of the evening. No matter how you set the stage for your big night, there is a traditional, simple way to announce your bridal party.


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    Speak to your MC (Master of Ceremonies) before the reception and provide a list of names and titles for all those involved in the wedding party. The MC is normally the disc jockey or band director who is providing entertainment for the festivities. Remember to be clear on name pronunciations.
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    Line up your bridal party in the order you predetermined with the MC. Do this outside the reception site in an area that has room to accommodate all of your party members.
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    Begin the procession with the parents of the bride. If the parents are divorced, have the mother of the bride and her escort walk in first. The escort can be a wedding usher, son not in the wedding party, parental figure or significant other. The father of the bride should follow suit.
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    Follow with the parents of the groom. The same rule applies for parents who are divorced and will be walking separately.
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    Organize your bridesmaids and groomsmen in reverse order so that the best man and matron/maid of honor are last. If the number of attendants is uneven, you may have 3 people walk in together (generally 2 bridesmaids and a groomsmen).
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    Proceed with each bridal party pairing as their names are announced. The MC should give 30 seconds in between couples so that guests and photographers can take pictures as they enter the main reception area.
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    Prepare your ring bearer and flower girl next. It may be best if they are toddlers to have them walk with the best man and maid of honor or with their parents. Some couples choose to not have the children walk at all, but still have their names announced.
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    Enter into the reception site as you are introduced. Normally guests will stand and cheer when you enter and do not sit until you have reached the head table.


  • If you want a fun atmosphere, let your bridal couples dance into the reception or choreograph their own entrance.
  • Speak to the MC about what music to play when your party enters. Generally, the bridal party walks into one song while another is played to welcome in the newlyweds.
  • Upon entry into the reception site, the bridal party should walk to the center of the dance floor, pause for 30 seconds, then proceed directly to their seats. Parents of the bride and groom may have specially reserved tables along the sides of the main table. The bridal party usually sits in a focal location in the reception area.
  • Try to keep your bridal party out of the reception hall, otherwise someone will have to track everyone down to line up. Having them comfortably assembled in a designated area helps the MC start the evening's events on time.


  • Limit the amount of alcohol the bridal party is allowed to consume before entering the reception site.
  • Be clear and organized, otherwise this can cause a great deal of stress if you want everything just right.
  • Never force divorced parents to walk down the aisle together. Take into consideration the personal dynamics and ask their preference, being respectful of their wishes.

Things You'll Need

  • Entrance songs
  • List of bridal attendants

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