– The wedding reception introduction is a huge part of the fun to come. You want to make sure that the your grand entrance sets the mood for the night.
There are many ways to make an impression here. Lots of people today are really mixing it up and having some crazy dance-oriented multi-theme-song entrances, while other like to go with something more traditional. (See below to see OUR way.)
Here are some popular Wedding Party Reception Entrance song selections:
• I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
• Forever – Chris Brown
• Jay Z – Bring Em Out
• I’m Here For the Party – Gretchen Wilson
• Let’s Get it Started – Black Eyed Peas
• I Like To Move It
• Carmina Fortuna
• Rocky Theme -Gonna Fly Now
• Mission Impossible Theme
• Olympic Fanfare – Emerson, Lake & Palmer
• White Wedding – Billy Idol
• Star Wars Imperial March Theme
Whatever you choose, remember, it is a song that will set the mood for the evening. Below is an entrance I did recently for a great couple to Chris Brown’s “Forever”, at The Museum of Dance in Saratoga, NY.
How to effectively execute your Wedding Introduction and NAIL IT!
Because the first dance usually comes after the wedding introduction, it is usually best to go with a high-energy intro for your reception. Since your first dance is going to be slow and romantic, you should go with something quite the opposite of this. Here is a recent wedding intro we did that keeps things high energy and fun, so that the first dance will mean even more:
The reason for the opposite tone is to make people feel like the are experiencing something. Walt Disney didn’t just make kids laugh. He also made them sad and scared and evoked other emotions as well so that it really felt like they were experiencing something special in his movies.
Baptist tent ministries also follow this same model. They get their congregation to sing, and then cry during a heart-felt testimony, then tell a funny anecdote during the sermon for the very same reason. (Some would argue that when they do this correctly, this is how they can really find full offering plate at the end of a service!)
Here is a fun idea… At a recent wedding at Moscatiello’s Family Italian Restaurant, 99 North Greenbush Road Troy, NY, the guests were provided with a bunch of ribbons attached to sticks.
Prior to the official wedding party entrance, the audience was instucted to shake the tassels at their seats, as the bride and groom entered the reception.
Upon the official entrance of the newlyweds at Moscatiello’s of North Greenbush, each place setting lighted up in color.
The bridal party intro scene at Moscatiello’s Family Italian Restaurant, (99 North Greenbush Road in Troy, NY) was vibrant and full of spirit, reminding me of a fan-crazed sporting event, not unlike that of a celebratory Brazilian Soccer game. Good show!
Another idea is to use the sticks instead of the rice tossing tradition that is often practiced just before the receiving line is put together, immediately following the ceremony.
Below are a few pictures of what party decoration web sites refer to as “ribbon sticks” or “ribbon wands.” The images below can possibly give you an idea of how ribbon sticks might look at your wedding…