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Recessional Applause Walk
Applause Walk
Nick and Valerie move through their applauding guests at the Oak Brook Marriott in Oak Brook, Illinois.


The Most Simple and Most Effective Recessional Walk Option

It doesn't require you to spend a dime and every guest comes to your wedding ceremony ready to participate in and contribute to - an applause walk.

At the ceremony's conclusion I will ask your guests to rise and join me in center aisle. With the both of you hand in hand, and with your photographer and videographer at the other end of the aisle awaiting your advance, I will ask your guests to begin applauding you as your DJ or musicians begin playing.

While slowing moving, and talking to guests along the way, the groom will shake hands with a number of guests as he and his bride pass by them. Half way through the guests, the bride and groom will kiss like Melrose Place. Guests are tickled by this.

Applause Walking

Applause Walk

 

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