When you see a wedding on TV or in a film, the entrance of the bride is always a show stopping moment. There’s usually always something grand and OTT about it all. A huge set of heavy doors will be pulled open, flooding the room with light. An enormous set of drapes will be yanked back in perfect symmetry to reveal the bride poised and ready to enter. Sometimes it’ll be a feature staircase dripping in flowers and foliage, every step loaded with purpose. The media over exaggerates many things, but the entrance of the bride is still, traditionally at least, a show stopper.
God help you if you get in the way of a wedding coordinator who is doing their upmost to stop anyone getting a single glimpse of the bride before she enters. It’s one of the things that we love about weddings. No matter how big or small, there is still a real sense of event about this exact moment. So much anticipation, so much suspense. “Here comes the Bride” is still very much a thing.
For those who are shy, the thought of entering a room potentially packed with hundreds of people is nerve-racking. There’s nothing like the thought of all eyes being on you to make you instantly aware of the fact that you don’t actually like to be stared at. For others, it’s a moment they’ve dreamed of their entire lives. You don’t get the chance to be the focal point too often, so why not embrace it?
Here comes the Bride…nerve city or bring it on?
I always advise our couples to try not to worry about this moment too much. I can’t be sure that it’s a universal experience, but when I made my entrance for our wedding, I don’t even remember seeing anyone but my husband to be. As soon as I arrived I zoned in on him and that was it. I wasn’t really aware of anything else. Even now looking back at photos and video of what was going on around us, I’m none the wiser. It was a blur for sure.
With this particular event in mind, today we’re celebrating all things “Here comes the bride” with some of our favourite entrance images. Including the arrival at the venue, the walk to the ceremony, the all important reveal and the accompanying reactions. If you remember this part of the day from your own wedding, what was it like? Were you nervous, or was it something you looked forward to? Did you zone out completely like me, or were you able to take it all in? We’d love to know! Please feel free to leave your comments at the end of this post.
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