Traditional Order of the Wedding Procession

There is a traditional order for the procession in Catholic and Protestant ceremonies. That said, don't be afraid to change things up for your own wedding to suit your needs and situation. This order is simply for your reference when planning your wedding ceremony.
  • The officiate enters (usually enters from the side) when the music begins
  • Groom's grandparents (walk down aisle, then take a seat)
  • Bride's grandparents (walk down aisle, then take a seat)
  • Groom's parents (walk down aisle, then take a seat)
  • Bride's mother (walk down aisle, then take a seat)
  • Best Man (usually enters from the side)
  • Groom (usually enters from the side)
  • Groomsmen and Bridesmaids (usually paired in twos)
  • Maid/Matron of Honor
  • Ring Bearer (walks down the aisle, then takes a seat)
  • Flower Girl (walks down the aisle, then takes a seat)
  • Bride (typically escorted by her Father)
Are you changing this up for your wedding ceremony? We'd love to hear about YOUR wedding procession plans and what you doing to make it unique!

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2 comments:

Sounds of Laura said...

There are reasons behind why there is a traditional order of the wedding procession. I really do think that these traditions concerning order need to be followed. Changing a tradition or a traditional way of doing something can be confusing for cueing purposes unless clear communication exists between the coordinator, the minister, the musician, and the bridal party. It is a lot simpler to follow the tradition that has been laid out for good reasons. There is always a meaning behind a tradition. If you change the tradition, you change the meaning behind that tradition. Laura Cummings/Sounds of Laura www.soundsoflaura.com

Sounds of Laura said...

There are reasons for the traditional order of the wedding procession. I think the order needs to be followed. Changing this order can be confusing to the coordinator, the minister, the musician, and the bridal party, unless, there is clear communication between everyone concerned. Not only are there reasons behind the traditional order, but there are special meanings behind the order. If you change the order, you change the meaning behind the order. Keeping the order intact allows for better cueing and timing throughout the procession. I encourage anyone to study the history and the meanings behind why we have traditions with the procession. Change is not always good.