Who's First? Who's Last? The Wedding Party Lineup

Keep your wedding procession orderly with these tips

By Tiesha Whatley

Bride and Dad walking down the isle
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The wedding lineup, or procession, is the order in which the bridal party walks down the aisle. While some ceremonies only include the bride and groom in the procession, others follow the traditional order of the wedding lineup.


The parents of the groom are the first to walk down the aisle and take their seats in the first row of pews or chairs. The bride's mother is next.

Officiant and groom

The officiant enters next, followed by the groom. If the groomsmen are not escorting the bridesmaids down the aisle, they enter right after the groom has arrived at the altar.


The bridesmaids go down the aisle next, with or without escorts. They are ordered by height with the shortest going first and lining up to stand the farthest from the bride.

Maid of honor

The maid or matron of honor follows the other bridesmaids so that she can stand next to the bride at the altar.

Ring bearer and flower girl

The ring bearer goes after the maid of honor but before the flower girl in the procession.


The bride is the last to walk up the aisle. She is usually accompanied by her father or the person giving her away.

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