How Do Wedding Processionals Work: Quick Guide

Your walk down the aisle will always be one of the most memorable parts of your wedding day. All eyes will be on you, it’s the moment your loved ones will see everything you've planned come to fruition as you make your way down the aisle to start the rest of your life! 

However, when it comes to the order of who walks down the aisle, you wouldn’t be alone if you’re unsure of that exact order at your wedding ceremony. Our latest 'Quick Guide is here to cover that for you.

What Is A Wedding Processional?

First things first, ‘wedding processional’ is a term that isn’t used quite as often as many other wedding terms, so we wanted to cover what it actually means: The wedding processional is essentially the group of people that walk down the aisle at the wedding. This includes the officiant, the bridesmaids and groomsmen, flower girls, ring bearers, groom and his parents and the bride and her parents. 

bride walking down aisle at church wedding surrounded by family looking on

Each wedding processional has an order for who walks down the aisle and when they do it. While different cultures and religions may have their own ways, we wanted to cover a more general and traditional way. In order, it works as follows;

Firstly, the officiant stands at the alter and signifies the starting of the wedding ceremony.

Next up, the groom and his best man will enter (usually from a side door at the venue) and take their place standing at the alter.

After this, it’s time for the groomsmen and bridesmaids to make their way down the aisle and this can be done in one of two ways: the groomsmen walk down the aisle alone one by one followed by the bridesmaids or, alternatively, the groomsmen accompany the bridesmaids down the aisle in pairs.

This is then followed up by the Maid of Honour/Matron of Honour walking alone down the aisle followed by the ring bearer and/or flower girl. Much like bridesmaids and groomsmen, ring bearers and flower girls will either walk down individually or may walk down the aisle together at the same time.

Finally, the bride and her father (or alternative choice) then walk down the aisle with the bride on her fathers right arm to start the wedding ceremony off proper.

Ultimately, this is the general idea at a more traditional style wedding but don't forget that it's your wedding day and you can make any changes you wish!

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