The guests have been seated and welcomed, and
it’s the duty of the MC to make sure that everything takes place
according to schedule. It is also a good idea to have a prepared running
sheet to follow, and make copies available to those who need them, for
example: photographer, videographer, Band, DJ etc.
||As the bridal party amass outside the room, the MC should liaise
with them, ensuring that they understand the procedure, and that
they are ready to enter.
||Traditionally, the Bridal Party entrance has the women to the
left, and the men to the right. The men should have a clenched fist
on the women’s hip, with the women gently resting their right
hand on the men’s arm as they stand & walk.
The order in which the couples enter
the room should be:
- Parents / Grandparents of the Bride & Groom
- Page boy / Flower girl
- 3rd Bridesmaid / Groomsman
- 2nd Bridesmaid / Groomsman
- 1st Bridesmaid / Groomsman
- Matron (Maid) of Honour / Best Man
- Bride & Groom
||The MC will announce each couple by rank and name (girls first)
as they enter the room, and they should pause for 3 seconds at the
door for photos before proceeding to the Bridal Table.
||Upon reaching the Bridal Table, the men should stand behind their
prospective partners, and at this stage no Bridal Party members
are to be seated. During this whole process, the guests should be
encouraged to applaud as much as possible.
||The audience should remain seated until just prior to the Bride
& Groom’s entry, at which point the guests should be upstanding.
The Bride & Groom enter the Reception, and are ushered to the
||With the audience and Bridal Party still standing, the Bride is
the first to be seated, as her new husband holds here chair as she
does so. The Groom is seated next, followed by the female members
of the Bridal Party, who are assisted by their male partners holding
||The men in the Bridal Party are next to be seated, followed finally
by the guests. The MC will briefly announce the formalities set
for the evening, and will introduce Entrees and a family member
or guest to say “Grace” (if required).