Walking Down the Aisle During a Wedding Processional
The Wedding Processional: Different Types
The order walking down the aisle of wedding processionals follows a general pattern, but varies according to religious traditions.
A Jewish Wedding Processional
The walking down the aisle order goes like this:
A Protestant Wedding ProcessionalThis is the traditional walking down the aisle order of a wedding processional:
The mothers of the bride and groom are seated after all guests are seated, and immediately before the start of the processional music. They are usually escorted down the aisle to their seats by a brother of the bride or groom, or by another usher.
After they are seated, the officiant, groom and best man enter by a side door and wait at the altar.
Groomsmen may also enter by a side door, or can escort the bridesmaids down the aisle.
Bridesmaids walk down the aisle
Ring bearer and/or flower girl walk down the aisle
Maid or Matron of Honor walks down the aisle
The bride, escorted by her father or other close male family member or friend, the walk down the aisle. At the front of the aisle, her escort can remain standing with her until the minister asks "Who gives this woman in marriage?" to which he responds "I do," or "Her mother and I do." However, some people feel this tradition is old-fashioned and sexist, and choose not to do it. In such a case, her escort walks with the bride to the front of the aisle, and then takes his seat in the front row.
A Non-Denominational Wedding Ceremony, or a Non-Traditional Wedding Ceremony Wedding Processional:
You can either borrow wedding processional ideas from these wedding ceremony traditions, or create your own.
A Double Aisle Wedding Processional
People tackle the problem of two aisles in a variety of ways. You can choose to only use one aisle, but this means that many of your wedding guests will feel far from the action. Here's some ideas: Have the wedding processional walk up one aisle, and the wedding recessional down the other. Another alternative is to have bridesmaids walk down one aisle, and groomsmen down the other. The bride and groom can then each choose an aisle to enter through.
A Wedding Processional for a Small Bridal Party
It's a good idea to have either a coordinator, or a friend with a written list helping to line up the bridal party and telling each person when to start walking down the aisle. They can stand just beyond where the wedding guests can see them. They can also remind each person to smile when they are walking down the aisle!
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