It’s important to start any event off with a bang—you want to make an impression that will last and carry your guests seamlessly into your event. Whether it’s strolling down memory lane, hitting the red carpet or waltzing in with a choreographed number, your entrance gets the party started.
Finding An Entrance That Works For You
What’s the most important thing about your entrance choice? That it matches your event! With so many grand ideas floating around it’s key that you match your event style.
If you are having a smaller, charity event, skip the extravagant entrances. If you have a specific theme, like Winter Wonderland, don’t make your entrance a beach theme.
Keep in mind your budget! Do not blow all your allocated money on the entrance and then have a lack-luster event. Remember that this is an entrance, make it clear where your guests need to go and if their is a participation element, make it obvious! There is nothing worse than being confused before the event even begins.
Event Grand Entrances
Looking for something that doesn’t break the bank?
Lighted Trail. Keep it clear where your guests need to go while creating a warm and welcoming effect. Use candles to light the path towards your event to give is a cozy feel. In a dry area? Use electric candles for a worry-free entrance.
Grand Archway. Short on space? Create an archway for your guests to walk through. Customize your arch to your party. For an upscale event, consider using flowers (real or fake) to frame the doorway. Looking for something more decorative or funky, use beads backlit with lights. Looking for something simple and fun, give a balloons a try!
Crowd Participation. Great for weddings, graduation parties and birthdays, crowd participation is a great way to create an intimate feeling by getting everyone involved. When making your entrance after being titled Mr. and Mrs. or making your first entrance for your sweet 16, have your guests line the hallways with sparklers or flashlights. Don’t want such a formal greeting? Have them stay at their tables with their light of choice. Either way, they will feel like they participated, you’ll get the feeling of having everyone close and the photos are bound to be stunning.
Have a little money left in the budget? Try these mid-range priced grand entrances to get your event started off on the right foot.
Red Carpet. If you want a glamorous way to start your event that also doubles as a photo outlet to promote it later on, look no further. One thing to remember when planning a red carpet: your guest list. If you are hosting a low-key event or a low-key guest list, the red carpet may not be your entrance. If you are looking for a glam, fun and exciting entrance this is it. Use your logo as a backdrop. Create an event hashtag for your guests to tag their photos. Hire a few photographers if it is in the budget. The Red Carpet is the ultimate glam grand entrance and done on a budget, it doesn’t have to empty the wallet.
Choreographed Dance. Grab a few friends and choreograph a dance for your entrance—the new trend in Wedding Entrances. Your bridal party doesn’t have the best dancers? That’s fine! The funnier the better. Flying solo at your birthday or graduation party? Reach out to a local dance troupe to find a few dancers wanting to make a few extra bucks. Either way, your guests won’t soon forget this entrance.
The Big Surprise! Wanting to keep the suspense, build up the moment and then stun everyone? Go for a surprise entrance. Once everyone is settled, come up with a creative way to surprise everyone. There is the classic curtain drop. Or appear in a cloud of smoke at the end of the choreographed dance. It’s up to you. Find the best surprise that fits you!
Budget? What’s a budget? Or maybe you have these things laying around. Either way, here are a few of the grandest entrance ideas.
LED Storytelling. Wanting to highlight the history? Wanting to show the graduate through time? Or the history of your relationship? Have a hallway to use as an entrance? Project still images or short clips with LED projectors on the walls as your guests walk-in. It will give them a history of who you are or who the two of you are together. Don’t have a bunch of LED projectors laying around? Choose some of your favorite photos and have them framed.
Themed Event Front. Have a party with a theme? Winter Wonderland? Under the Sea? Wild West? Create a themed event front. Build that castle whether it’s in the winter or under the sea. Give your guests the feel of the West with an old Saloon or Town Hall front. This entrance takes commitment. If you do it, do it big. Make sure no stone is left unturned, or un-themed.
Every event needs an entrance. And every entrance should match the party. Make sure to take time to think about what entrance works best for you. Sometimes its small and intimate, sometimes its grand and elaborate. It’s all about you and your event. Needing more inspiration? Check out our Grand Entrance Pinterest Board.