Walking Down the Aisle During a Wedding Processional
One of the most glorious part of any New Jersey wedding ceremony is when the bridal party makes its grand entrance walking down the aisle. The air is full of anticipation, and the groom anxiously awaits his first glimpse of his bride in her wedding dress. Here are some tips on what you should know about what order your bridal party should be walking down the aisle:
A Jewish Wedding Processional, the walking down the aisle order goes like this:
A Protestant Wedding Processional
This 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 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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