Yay, your wedding day is almost here – it’s the day you’ve been dreaming about. It HAS to be unique and beautiful. Right from the wedding invitations to the bridesmaid and groomsmen entrance ideas. Everything has to be perfect and well-planned.
The entrance of the wedding party needs to be organized carefully. Whether you’re looking for a simple entrance, a bridal party entrance, or a fun and enjoyable one, there are so many ideas to experiment with.
Before the couple enters the reception, you must set the tone with bridesmaids and groomsmen. Their entrance will decide whether you want a solemn or a fun tone at your reception.
But wait, who plans the entrance?
The bride or the groom might want to plan it. Or it can be planned by the bridesmaids and groomsmen. There are no restrictions.
Bridesmaid and Groomsmen Entrance Ideas
Make sure you have a uniform tone at the wedding. If the bridesmaids enter in a fun way, so should the groomsmen. Let’s discuss some ways in which they can do this.
1. Walk down the aisle
This is the traditional and most common way of entrance. The couple’s parents walk down the aisle, followed by the bridesmaids and groomsmen.
This can be done in a line or two people can be paired together. However, some brides might feel that this takes up a lot of time and takes a lot from their special moment.
It’s the easiest to practice and everyone just has to walk down the aisle – it’s simple and there are minimum chances of making a mistake. Everything works out perfectly and you get married.
2. Come through the side doors
If the bride feels that walking down the aisle is taking up too much time, the bridesmaids and groomsmen can come through the side doors. Of course, this depends on the venue you choose.
When the wedding party enters from the sides and subtly stands at the end of the aisle, this saves a lot of time and lets the focus fall mainly on the bride.
When the wedding party walks in, they should walk in the same order in which they have to stand at the end of the aisle. Their entrance will still be noticed by the guests but it will save a lot of time as they wait for the bride to appear.
Another simple and popular entranceway is to announce each party member as they enter. This can be done by the band or the DJ you have hired. They will announce each member so it’s easier for the guests to know who the real heroes of the wedding are.
In large weddings, guests generally don’t know the family members or close friends of the couple. This is a great way to introduce them to everyone.
You can make it more fun by asking each member to carry a drink with them and make a toast as their name is announced.
4. Dance into the reception
If you want a fun party, one of the most popular bridesmaid and groomsmen entrance ideas is to dance their way in. They could be dancing to the wedding theme song or a DJ mix. Of course, they’ll have to practice beforehand.
Upbeat and lively music is the best for this kind of entrance. This is what they did in the popular TV show The Office. Your bridesmaids and groomsmen will have an amazing time during the ceremony. And the party will become a memorable one.
5. Ride on bikes
If you have access to bicycles, bridesmaids and groomsmen can ride them during the entrance. This would make an amazing entrance, especially if the bicycles are decorated with flowers.
And when it comes to flower girls and ring bearers, you can make them sit in a ride-on vehicle. This would look adorable and unique.
In fact, if you can arrange ride-on vehicles for the bridesmaids and groomsmen too, this would make it a super fun entrance. You can rent these small cars or even buy them before the wedding and then resell them once their job is done.
6. Add some drama
Sprinkle some drama or mystery in your wedding with a little skit during the grand entrance. For example, you can uncover a groomsman kissing a bridesmaid (it would be scripted). Everyone gasps. The audience is surprised as they all walk into the reception.
And if the groomsman is married, it adds even more spice. Are they both having an affair? Nobody knows until the end of the reception when it’s revealed that it was indeed scripted.
There are endless possibilities with this entrance. You can use any idea you fancy and even combine several of them according to your interests and personality.
7. Money rain
It’s definitely a lavish way to enter the reception. And the money doesn’t even have to be real! The bridesmaids and groomsmen walk the reception while it’s raining money. You can get fake money props at Amazon.
To add a touch of reality, you can use real one-dollar bills. Add more fun by playing a money song at the entrance. My favorite is Here Comes the Money by Shane McMahon. You can select another song if you want.
Money adds a thrill to the entrance. Some guests might think it’s pompous but that’s the price you’re willing to pay for a display of extravagance.
8. Dance off
While dancing is among the most popular bridesmaid and groomsmen entrance ideas, you can give it a new twist. It won’t be a simple dance but a dance-off.
There will be two teams – groomsmen and bridesmaids. Of course, this needs to be scripted and prepared beforehand so everything goes as planned.
Both sides will have to dance one at a time and try to out-dance their opponents. It’s more entertaining than simple dancing and the party members get to display their skills.
9. Flash mob
Flash mobs are an instant hit. And they aren’t used as much as they should. If you’re planning for a surprise for the guests, a flash mob is among the best bridesmaid and groomsmen entrance ideas.
Seat the groomsmen and bridesmaids in the audience beforehand. This is even better when the other guests don’t know who the wedding party members are.
As the music plays, the party members will get up and dance on their turn. They can dance their way to the end of the aisle. It’s a pleasant surprise for everyone who doesn’t know what was planned.
10. Couple’s entrance
If some of your bridesmaids are in a relationship with groomsmen, this is the perfect entrance for them. They can enter as a couple instead of single members.
This is a great way to show that you want to celebrate everyone’s love at your wedding and not just your own.
Also, when you form couples of bridesmaids and groomsmen, it gives a chance to singles to get mixed. Who knows, you might just start a love story at your wedding – making it even more memorable.
11. Replace flowers with puppies and kittens
Bridesmaids traditionally walk in with flowers. But you can switch those flowers with puppies. And the same can be done for groomsmen. They can be holding puppies and kittens while walking into the reception.
This will get a lot of awws from the guests and will be heartwarming and adorable.
To get the puppies and kittens, talk to the local shelter. You can explain the cause and the possibility that some guests might adopt the furry babies. If the shelter agrees (they most likely will), you can have a cute entrance for your wedding.
Sparklers are a low-cost way of making a bright entrance. Dim the lights as the wedding party walks in.
To make it a sparkler-themed wedding, you can also ask the guests to hold sparklers when the bride and the groom walk in.
Sparklers don’t cost much and give a grand impression. You do need to exercise caution while using sparklers, especially when there are small children in the audience.
13. Costumed entrance
This is one of the most creative bridesmaid and groomsmen entrance ideas. You can decide on a theme and your wedding party will get dressed accordingly.
This bridesmaid wore a T-Rex costume to her sister’s wedding. You can choose any theme such as dinosaurs, superheroes, pirates, Disney princes/princesses, animals, or anything else.
If you like doing things in a unique and fun way, you’ll love this entrance idea. You can easily rent costumes from a local store.
14. Talent Show
Include a fun little competition at your wedding reception. As each wedding party member enters, they can present their talent in the way they want to.
Chris is interested in magic? Ask him to show a couple of small tricks as he walks in. Summer is a good singer? She can sing a verse while making the entrance. Jerry is good at dancing? Ask him to do a few moves as he comes in.
Each bridesmaid and groomsman will have their own way to make an entrance. Juggling balls, miming, standup comedy – there’s a lot that can be done.
15. Piggyback ride
Piggybacking is among some of the more popular bridesmaid and groomsmen entrance ideas. Each groomsman will carry a bridesmaid on his back.
Make sure the DJ plays upbeat songs when the wedding party makes an entrance. However, it’s important to be careful or they’ll fall.
If done right, it can be a pretty cute sight. And it allows the bridesmaids and groomsmen to be friends or even more.
16. Switch clothes
If you’re looking for hilarious bridesmaid and groomsmen ideas, this is the one. Make the groomsmen wear girls’ dresses while the bridesmaids can wear tuxes. It’s going to make everyone burst into laughter.
Prepare for some unique wedding photos as you get your close friends and siblings to dress up as the opposite gender.
17. Hold props
You can add fun to the entrance by having props. Masks, beards, balloons, huge sunglasses, stick props, hats, and other things.
Huge and glittery props will catch the attention of guests and add a fun element to the wedding. Include a hip-hop song at the entrance so the wedding party can also dance while entering with a prop.
Practice Before the Actual Wedding
Whatever entrance you choose, make sure it’s rehearsed well before the wedding. Even if it’s a simple walk down the aisle, it needs to be practiced so it’s perfect on the wedding day.
The typical order is – officiant, grandparents of the bride and groom, parents of the bride and groom, groom, wedding party, ring bearer, flower girl, and lastly, the bride with her chosen escort (generally the father).
If you’re the bridesmaid planning the entrance, make sure you also rock the bachelorette party with these DIY bachelorette party games.