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6 Processional Orders for Your Wedding Ceremony

6 Processional Orders for Your Wedding Ceremony
November 10, 2017 Riana Ang-Canning

Everyone knows how to walk, right? Well, turns out a wedding processional isn’t quite that simple. There are lots of choices to make. Who is walking first? Who are they walking with? Who comes next?
Who knew there were so many ways to get everyone to the altar!?!

Check out six different processional order options below.


Traditional

  1. Bride’s mother
  2. Groomsmen
  3. Best Man
  4. Groom
  5. Officiant
  6. Bridesmaids
  7. Maid/Matron of Honour
  8. Ring Bearer & Flower Girl
  9. Bride (with her father)

Traditional with a Twist

  1. Bride’s mother
  2. Bride’s grandparents
  3. Groom’s grandparents
  4. Bridesmaids & Groomsmen
  5. Best Man
  6. Maid/Matron of Honour
  7. Groom  (with or without his parents)
  8. Officiant (may enter from the side)
  9. Ring Bearer & Flower Girl
  10. Bride (with her parents)

Photos by Blush

Religious (Christian)

  1. Officiant
  2. Groom & Best Man (enter from the side)
  3. Groomsmen & Bridesmaids
  4. Maid/Matron of Honour
  5. Ring Bearer
  6. Flower Girl
  7. Bride (with her father)

Religious (Jewish)

  1. Rabbi & Cantor or Officiant
  2. Bride’s grandparents
  3. Groom’s grandparents
  4. Ushers (in pairs)
  5. Best Man
  6. Groom (with his parents)
  7. Bridesmaids (in pairs)
  8. Maid/Matron of Honour
  9. Ring Bearer
  10. Flower Girl
  11. Bride (with her parents)

Contemporary

  1. Grandparents
  2. Parents
  3. Groomsmen
  4. Bridesmaids
  5. Ring Bearer & Flower Girl
  6. Couple

Photo by Blushing Bride Studio

Your Way

It’s your wedding so you should do things your way! The processional order is completely up to you and who walks where, when and with whom should be 100% your call. There is no right or wrong way to do a processional – there’s only your way. Here are a few creative options that might work better for you than the ideas above:

  • Walk in solo
  • Walk in first
  • Walk in with someone who means a lot to you like your grandma or favourite uncle
  • Walk in with your kids
  • Walk in with your dog
  • Enter at the same time as your partner – walk in hand in hand or enter from different doors and meet in the middle
  • Skip the wedding party and processional all together – just start your wedding ceremony where you are!

feature image by John Bello Photographer


How are you doing your ceremony processional?