7 Fresh & Fun Ideas for Making a Grand Entrance at Your Wedding Reception

Once the official marriage ceremony is over, guests gather in the reception area and wait for the grand entrance of the bride and groom, which as everyone knows, is when the real fun begins. The manner in which the bride and groom walk in together sets the tone for the rest of the evening, so it should be spectacular. For an entrance no one will forget, the floral experts at Walter Knoll Florist give you 10 fun, fresh, and awesome ideas for making your debut as husband and wife.

Bride and groom on bicycle


1. Unique Transportation

Arrive in style via a horse-and-carriage decked out with flowers, an ATV, a classic hot-rod, or even a charming 2-seated bicycle. Select a style of transportation that showcases your and your partner’s personal style. For instance, if you both love motorcycles, then arriving on a bike decorated with flowers would definitely be memorable and appropriate. 

2. Run Through a Paper Banner

Get a large swath of paper and write something fun on it like it “Just Married,” “Finally Made it,” or “Let’s Get This Party Started!,” and run through it to the delight and chuckles from your guests. This also makes for a great photo-op. 

bride and groom in silhouette facing each other

3. Get in the Spotlight

If the venue allows it, dim the lights and enter with a spotlight beaming on just you and your groom while a great song is playing. Enjoy the Hollywood star treatment all the way to your table as the spotlight follows you and the two of you kiss. 

4. Add a Countdown Clock

Display a visual of a countdown clock for when the newly married couple will arrive. As the clock ticks down, the crowd’s energy level will rise in expectation until it hits zero and the couple enters into an enthusiastically cheering crowd. 

Bride and groom holding hands up in air walking

5. Show Off Your Dance Moves

You don’t have to be a professional dancer to get your groove on. Have the DJ play an upbeat song while you and your groom foxtrot, waltz, rhumba, or freestyle dance your way into the reception area. Get the bridal party in on the act too for a fun and memorable moment.

6. Balloon Drop

Have a bunch of colorful balloons drop just as you enter the reception area and rush to the dancefloor. A delight for kids and adults, seeing balloons bounce across the floor while people are walking and dancing is always entertaining. You could also do a rose petal or confetti drop, too.

bride and groom dancing with fog on dancefloor

7. Fairytale Fog

Low fog machines are an inexpensive way to create a dreamy, ethereal, and misty effect as the newly married couple enters the room. Having a layer of fog covering the dance floor produce

A Few Exit Ideas

  • End your wedding with a silhouette of the two of you dancing to your favorite song behind a transparent curtain. So romantic and charming! Have family members and loved ones join soon after. 
  • Drive off down a road lined with cold sparkler machines that go off as your drive by or shoot off fireworks a bove. 
  • Create a tunnel arch holding sparklers, or glow sticks, as the couple walks through. 

The grand entrance marks the transition from formal ceremony to it’s time to have fun! With a little creativity and help from your DJ, florist, and bridal party, you can make an entrance that’s festive, memorable, entertaining, and uniquely you.

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