This offended Mark's sense of Tradition and he said that we had to do the introduction. Ever since, like with everything else in our wedding and our lives, we've been trying to come up with a compromise. I finally agreed to some kind of introduction (which I traded for having the processional down the aisle being done my way), but so far we are still sorting out a few kinks.
1.) Bridal party. At my sister's wedding, the bride and groom were announced but not the party. At every other wedding we've been to, the entire party has been announced. I'm not a fan. It's too much production, and I think too much pressure on the bridal party. Much better, I think, to finish doing bridal party portraits as quickly as possible, and then to release the bridal party to go hang out at the cocktail hour with their dates and friends. Then they can just walk into the tent with their dates and sit down at the table and wait for us to come in.
2.) Timing. We were talking about maybe being introduced onto the patio at the tail end of the cocktail hour, partly to allow the DJ to make an announcement to get everybody into the tent. This is a little awkward, so I imagine it will end up being that everyone gets seated in the tent and then we walk in.
3.) Names. Mr. and Mrs. Mark HisLast? Um. No. We will go with the standard feminist introduction, which is either: "For the first time as a married couple, Mark and Ellie!" or "Please welcome the newlyweds, Mark and Ellie!" Or we will have them introduce us by our made-up family name that we use for return address labels and as our wedding website.
4.) Introductory music. I think it may need to be to the Star Wars theme.
What are you doing to be introduced? Is anyone foregoing the introduction entirely? Is your bridal party coming in with you?