50 Fun Wedding Reception Entrance Ideas For Bridal Party

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It’s officially time to get the party started! You might be asking…what are the best wedding reception entrance ideas for the wedding party?

We asked our community for their favorite reception entrance ideas and have included some answers below.

Plus, I have photographed over 500 weddings and have seen some amazing wedding reception entrances myself!

Most of the photos below were taken by me and will give you some great entrance ideas for your bridal party and wedding party

Here are some of the things that we will cover in this article:

A bride and groom carrying their daughter into the wedding reception for the big entrance
For our reception entrance, we had the DJ play “A Whole New World” from Alladin and then we carried our daughter into the reception room. We also had all of our guests surround the dance floor instead of sitting at their tables. Then we went into our first dance. It was so great having our family and friends closer to us when we did the entrance and first dance.” – Baheejah and Michael

Wedding Entrance Ideas For The Wedding Party

Here are some of the best and most unique wedding reception entrance ideas from our community:

Ride-on vehicles (Power Wheels)

If you have access to a ride-on vehicle, these power wheels make amazing reception entrance props.

This entrance works great for kids (ring bearers or flower girls):

ring bearer entering the reception on a ride on vehicle. Such a fun idea for the bridal party entrance.
I photographed these kids riding into the reception in their Jeep and they were so happy to be the stars of the show. (From the couple: We put our ring bearers in a PowerWheels Jeep and had them ride into the reception. We had the DJ play “Life Is A Highway” by Rascal Flatts from the movie Cars. It was such a fun part of our entrance.”

And they are just as awesome when used by the best man and maid of honor!

groomsmen and bridesmaid riding into wedding reception on ride on trucks.
Photo by Dinofa Photography

If you do not have access to one, you can buy them for the wedding and then resell them. People are always looking for these cars and trucks so they sell fast.

We love this purple jeep, this pink Mercedes, and this gator.

Break Through A Paper Sign

Have a few members of your wedding party make/hold a paper sign with the couple’s name on it and then have the couple come through it like they do at sporting events

A bride and groom crashing through a paper sign with their names on it as they enter the wedding reception
The bride and groom making an awesome entrance (Photos by @thewildsoulfilmsandphoto)

The Wedding Party Tunnel Reception Entrance

A fun and easy wedding reception entrance that I have seen many times is where the wedding party makes a tunnel, and then the couple runs through it for their grand entrance.

Two separate photos. The one on the left shows a bride and groom running through a tunnel made by the wedding party and the one on the right shows two brides running through a tunnel formed by their bridal party
Wedding party tunnels are a great way to make a big entrance into the reception. (Both photos by @truephotographyandvideo)

“We had our entire wedding party line up and make a tunnel and then we ran through the tunnel for our entrance. They were some of my favorite photos from the reception.”

– Becca and Thomas

Piggyback Rides

A bridesmaid getting a piggyback ride from the groomsmen during the wedding party entrance at the reception.
I loved photographing this bridesmaid and groomsmen as they entered the reception. They were the perfect duo for getting the party started right.

This is a fun entrance that doesn’t cost you anything (except maybe a sore back the next morning).

Show some school spirit

This couple hired their college mascot (Penn State Nittany Lion) to help them with their wedding reception entrance.

They handed out pom poms with their school colors and played “We Are Penn State”

You can use ribbons like these or cheer poms like these.

The Nittany Lion making an appearance at this Penn State themed wedding reception.
My husband and I are both graduates of Penn State University so we had the Nittany Lion do the reception entrance with us. It was so much fun! Right after we were announced, the DJ said, “Hold on….I am getting word that one more guest is joining us tonight!” Guests had picked up cheer poms to wave as we walked in. Then we went into a fun dance set for about 10 minutes with Nittany Lion on the floor dancing with everybody. So great!” – Bethany and Dominic

The Office inspired wedding reception entrance

This is the perfect wedding reception entrance idea for any fan of the hit show The Office.

Check out the video below. If you are viewing this on the phone, you might have to use this YouTube link instead: The Office Wedding Party Entrance

And you can see the original below (If viewing on a phone and the video below does not show up, here is the direct YouTube link: The Office Wedding Entrance

Let it snow

This couple worked with their DJ to set up snow machines for their grand entrance. It was such a fun idea for their winter wedding. And as you can see, it results in amazing photos!

You will definitely want to get permission from your wedding venue before booking these snow machines.

Some venues are very particular about what they will and won’t allow on their dance floor. It’s always best to ask ahead of time to save yourself stress later on in the planning process.

A bride and groom entering the reception under fake snow. This is such a great bridal party entrance idea for a winter wedding.
This is one of my favorite photos. I took this photo as the bride, groom, and their two children entered the reception as two big snow machines turned the barn into a winter wonderland.

Make it rain money

We love this idea! Use this to make it rain fake $100 bills during your grand entrance (you can also use this for the dollar dance, the last dance, or pretty much any other time during the wedding reception).

Get 2 of them and have members of the wedding party make it rain money during your big entrance!

A bride making it rain with money during the grand entrance at the wedding reception.
This bride entered the reception room and sprayed all of the guests with fake money. I am so happy that I was able to photograph the joy on her face.

Give each other a jumping chest bump

This is a fun and easy idea for any two members of the wedding party.

A bridesmaid and groomsmen junling up and giving each other a chest bump
I had so much photographing the wedding reception entrances of this wedding party. Each couple did something fun. Ya gotta love a good chest bump.

Playing Leapfrog

This wedding party played a quick game of Leapfrog as they entered the wedding reception.

Bridesmaids and groomsmen playing Leapfrog as they enter the wedding reception.
These bridesmaids and groomsmen played Leapfrog on their way into the wedding reception (photos by @three16photography)

Dirt Bikes

This was one of the most awesome wedding entrances we have ever seen.

The bride and groom rode into the reception on matching Honda dirt bikes.

It doesn’t get much cooler than that!

A bride and groom riding into their wedding reception on dirt bikes.
I photographed this couple riding into the reception on their brand new dirt bikes (they were wedding gifts to each other from each other)

A Game of Flip Cup To Start The Party

This wedding party played a game of Flip Cup to make sure the reception started with a bang!

A wedding party playing Flip Cup as they entered the wedding reception
The bride and bridesmaids beat the groom and groomsmen in this game of Flip Cup when they entered the wedding reception.

Switch clothes

A really fun idea is to have one of the bridesmaids and one of the groomsmen switch outfits for the entrance.

bridesmaids and groomsmen switching outfits for the grand entrance.
Center photo by Katelyn Turner Photography

Giving birth to a beer

This funny idea for a pregnant bridesmaid cracked us up!

A bridesmaid pretending to give birth to a beer bottle during the reception entrance.

Bring the entire wedding party in at the same time

If you want to save time on your wedding entrance but still want it to be fun and exciting, play one upbeat song and bring in the entire party together in one big dance party.

A wedding party dancing their way into the reception in one big group
A fun group dance with the wedding party is a great way to make an entrance (Photo by @maz_ville)

“Our bridesmaids and groomsmen did not really know eachother, so we had them entire the reception as one big group. It was a super fun way to get the party started.”

– Janine

Riding in style in an old antique car

The bride and groom entered their outdoor reception in an antique car.

A bride and groom entering their reception in an old antique car.
I took photos of this couple entering their outdoor reception in this amazing classic car.

Have a dance-off

These two brides entered their reception dancing and showing the guests who had the best moves.

Everybody won!

two brides entering the reception while having a dance contest
I loved photographing these two brides as they did their grand entrance. They had an epic dance-off.

Charlie’s Angels

Another fun and simple way to enter the reception is the do the Charlie’s Angles pose. This can work with any amount of people but the original pose was 3.

A wedding party doing the Charlie's Angles pose

Shots (Everybody)

These two brides had their bridesmaids enter first to get the party started.

The brides entered the reception room and poured shots for all of the bridesmaids.

It is a really fun entrance that you should check out.

If you are on a phone and are having trouble viewing the video below, you can see it directly on YouTube here: Bridal party introductions

Photo Booth Props

If you have a photo booth, ask the attendant if you can borrow a few props for your entrances.

A guy dressed like a wolf walking into a wedding reception with a bridesmaid.
I photographed these wedding party members after one groomsman raided the photo booth props.

Big Head Funny Masks

funny masks of big heads make for the perfect bridal party entrance ideas for the wedding reception.

These big head masks are such an awesome prop to use for the wedding party entrance (we recommend getting the bigger 18-inch versions)

These also make great props/gifts for a bridal shower, bachelor party, bachelorette party, birthday party, or any other event where you want to make people laugh.

This is our favorite place to get these props (most companies only sell the 12-inch head):

We recommend these 18-inch heads from truecolorworksshop on Etsy

Epic Dance Moves

There are so many fun dance moves that the wedding party can walk into the reception to.

The running man, the cabbage patch, the sprinkler, hammer dance, house party kick, The Roger Rabbit, The heel-toe, Thriller, and the list goes on and on.

If you want some more ideas (and a good laugh), check out this amazing video of 50 epic dance moves. This guy will make you smile.

If you are trying to watch this on a phone and the video below is not loading, you can view it here on YouTube: 50 Epic Dance Moves

50 more wedding reception entrance ideas for the bridal party

If you are still looking for more ideas, we found this awesome video of 50 different wedding reception ideas for the bridal party to enter to. If you are on a phone and having trouble viewing this video, here is the direct YouTube link: 50 wedding reception entrance ideas

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