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How to create your grand entrance at your destination wedding in the City of Savannah

Ok, so you want to get married in a beautiful square or park in the City of Savannah rather than inside a church.  Let me help with one little detail.  Your grand entrance.  In a church, you know what it is going to be like, “the doors swing open when your song starts, and you enter!” When it is outside you have to create an entrance rather than standing and waiting to enter. Here are two different scenarios.

First, your carriage arrives early, you get out of the carriage while all your guests are watching you.  However, the coordinator isn’t ready or  everyone isn’t lined up.  So you stand and wait, while everybody looks at your dress.  After 5 minutes they turn back towards the beautiful flowers and greenery in the square.  Once your music starts, then you enter. They’ve all seen you,  so the big surprise and “ah ha moment” is gone.Madison Tour Company

Now try this nice romantic one!  Everyone is in place: minister, groom, groomsmen, bridesmaids, parents, guests and the music is playing.  They are all waiting for you in great anticipation, knowing that you’ll look exquisite but still waiting.  Whether it is 2 minutes or 6 minutes, they all wait in anticipation. Imagine you arriving by a beautiful horse drawn carriage.  The guests hear the clomping of the horses hooves and start looking for you.  They see the horse.  Then carriage, then they see YOU!  You in your beautiful gown.  The carriage goes around the square, while the music is playing.  The guests see your “updo.” Yet, they don’t see the entire dress.  They watch as you arrive at the end of the square.  The guests watch in anticipation as you exit the carriage.  Your dress gets fluffed.  And then you start your walk.  All eyes on your, the beautiful bride!

Over the years I have seen both.  I encourage all brides to create a grand entrance.  In my opinion, it is much better to have your guests wait for you than you wait for your ceremony to start.

They also created a grand exit!

If you don’t arrive by carriage you can still create the same sort of entrance.  Just wait around the corner or down the street just a ways.   Then walk the 60 to 90 seconds to your ceremony.  It makes all the difference in the world.

What do you think?


5 thoughts on “How to create your grand entrance at your destination wedding in the City of Savannah

    1. Thanks!! I really love weddings at both places you mentioned. The Chapel is fantastic. Several years ago I had the privilege of marry the daughter of the chapel builder. It was a wonderful wedding!

  1. This is such a great resource that you are providing and you give it away for free. I enjoy seeing websites that understand the value of providing a prime resource for free. I truly loved reading your post. Thanks!

  2. I don’t know if you will remember us, but read the story below…….
    The scene is Whitfield Square, April 3rd 2009….
    All the guests are seated, the bride is awaiting her que in the her horse drawn carriage, the groom is slightly hung over, but there. Everyone has arrived except the minister..lol!
    Thank you Rev. Schulte for rushing to save our wedding day last year! Because of Chad Bakers diligence, he found you!
    Thank you so very much for answering the call!
    Much Love,
    Miriam aka “Heather” & Brent Gilmore 😉

    1. Of course I remember you two!! How could I forget your wedding ceremony? It is one that I will always remember. 🙂 We both had grand entrances that day: you by horse and carriage and me by, well, quickly arriving, quickly stopping, and parking illegally. I still can’t believe the other minister forgot your wedding. I’m just glad i was only 2 squares away and that your ceremony start time was only delayed 22 minutes!! Wonderful to hear from you. If you get a chance, I would love a picture of your ceremony to put on my site! I know it’s a bit early, but happy 1 year anniversary! Blessings to you two!

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