The “Bridal Party Introduction” is where I really made the transition from Professional Wrestling Ring Announcer Kenny Casanova to Wedding Reception DJ. It was just natural that my Michael Buffer-like, “Let’s Get Ready To Rumble,” voice lent a hand in success when it comes to the intro of the bridal party. So with that being said, what have I seen lately in this area of bridal introductions?
For the most part, as the wedding DJ, I format the actual bridal party line up ahead of time expecting changes last minute. This gives me a base to start from. It often changes last minute, but at least we don’t have to reinvent the wheel. So, along with the song selection, I send them an outline to fill out with names in chronological order. This helps a lot, brides, so if you can get this squared out ahead of time, there is a lot less confusion in the hallway a minute before you are about to go on.
Usually, I think it works best to acknowledge the grandparents from their seats, then have the parents come through the doors with no music. Next, the sound hits and the wedding party comes in.
Lately for large bridal parties, I have found a few songs is kind of cool, as long as it doesn’t create a huge hassle for the DJ who has to also announce the names at the same time. Very familiar songs are the key and also create individuality and characterization for the members walking out.
Recently, one bridal pairing came out loosely costumed as Michael Jackson to Billie Jean and walked to their line on the dance floor complete with pearled gloves and surgical masks to boot.
A dramatic pause before the bride and groom is also cool, followed with a different song.