How to Arrange the Processional
Make sure your wedding party walks down the aisle in the appropriate order
By Jonathan Croswell
For all the grandiose planning and worries that come with a wedding, some of the simpler, easier processes get overlooked, leaving couples scrambling at the last minute. One of those is the wedding processional. The procession is the first thing your guests will experience, so if you don't have a wedding planner watching your back, you'll want to make sure this is planned out well.
- What You Need to Know
- Create a list of all of the members of your wedding party and arrange sensable pairings for who should walk down the aisle together.
- If you have any elderly family members in the processional, you should assign another family member or groomsman to help them down the aisle.
- Make sure to play the processional music for your wedding party during the ceremony rehearsal. This will help them time their walk down the aisle.
Have the groom stand at the altar with the clergy member or officiant. He should be standing at the altar before immediate family members are seated. Some families also choose to have the parents of the groom walk him up to the altar. If this does happen, the groom should still be the first member of the bridal party to enter the ceremony area.
Have the ushers seat immediate family of the bride and groom in the front rows of seating, finishing with the mothers of the bride and groom.
Order the bridal party into pairs, with one bridesmaid on the arm of a groomsman. Arrange these groups so that the first to enter will stand farthest from the couple at the altar. You might also consider bringing in the bridesmaids first, followed by the groomsmen.
Bring in the best man and maid of honor last.
After the groomsmen and bridesmaids have taken their place on the podium, continue the processional with the flower girl and the ring bearer.
Bring in the bride to the processional music, accompanied by her father. Sometimes, both of the bride's parents walk her down the aisle. Allow a moment for your guests to stand and turn to the bride.
About the Author
Jonathan Croswell is a freelance writer who has worked on regional wedding publications.
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