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I'm not sure I want to announce the wedding party at the reception, others told me that its tradition and I have to. We are doing pictures before the wedding so me and my fiance as well as the wedding party will be attending the cocktail hour so I feel like it would be pointless to then announce them at the reception. Do I need to follow tradition?

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    Do what you want. We also did photos pre-ceremony and attended the cocktail hour, and did the announcements anyway. But many couples choose not to announce the wedding party, and that's totally fine. Whatever makes you happy.
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    We did this, but honestly, it sucked. The band leader messed up everyone's names and on top of that my BIL decided to just walk in, so all the gm were mis-named. Katie=KathyBM Dan= BenBen= BM Danetc...I don't think they're mandatory and we had already arrived at the cocktail party. We hung out in the bar area while the guests were seated. So we actually got to mingle with people for about 10 minutes before entereing.
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    Do whatever you want.  98% of people won't even notice. 
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    You don't "have" to do anything you don't want to ... as long as you seat and feed your guests, you're all set. Seriously. What would happen if you didn't announce the wedding party? Would people walk out of your reception in disgust?
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    Just because something is traditional, doesn't mean you're required to do it.  That goes for ANYTHING wedding related.  There are very few actual requirements involved in a wedding.
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    I've always seen them but they're not a 'must' do.  They're just fun.  FWIW, we mingled at our cocktail hour and then we were introduced.  It was also a great way to get the guests into their seats for the meal portion of the evening.
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    Of course you don't have to have them announced if you don't want to.
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    We are taking pictures in between the ceremony and reception, then our limo is taking us all to the hall. I plan on having allof us mingle and enjoy cocktail hour, then at 7:00pm we will have everyone take a seat for dinner while we make our grand entrance with the wedding party. I think it is just a really fun way to start off the night.
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    I've been to a reception where the whole weding party was announced. I was really bored and hungry. I prefer it when just the bride and groom are announced.
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    Ideally, you'll be well-fed by the time the intros happen.If you do opt for them, they should take no more than a minute and a half. 
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