Once you’ve decided what time your ceremony will be at, it’s time to figure out how you are going to use that time.

 

For the most part, wedding ceremonies are pretty standard with the same basic breakdown. That typically looks like: processional, followed by the handoff of the bride (if desired), a welcome, readings (if you have them), the exchanging of vows/rings, the pronouncement and kiss and the recessional as a married couple.

 

This may differ depending on whether you get married in a house of worship, how your officiant does things or what readings or additional moments you plan to incorporate.

 

While the processional and the recessional always come at the same place in the ceremony for most weddings, the order of the processional is almost never the same. There are a million (and one!) different ways you can order your processional. Okay, maybe not a million, but there are certainly a wide variety of ways, so don’t feel like you are boxed into one specific order.

 

However, if you are at a loss of how to order your processional, this isa pretty common way for a non-house of worship ceremony:

 

Grandparents of the groom(or partner)

Grandparents of the bride(or partner)

Parents of the groom(or partner)

Parents of the bride(or partner)

Groom and groomsmen

Bridesmaids

Ring bearer/flowergirl

Bride

 

If there are two brides or two grooms, it is common for them each to process in, so:

 

Grandparents

Parents

Wedding Party

Ring bearer/flower girl

Groom

Groom

 

Grandparents

Parents

Wedding Party

Ring bearer/flower girl

Bride

Bride

 

Some ideas to customize your processional?

  • Groom walks in with his parents
  • Groom and groomsmen walk up a side aisle (or out a side door) instead of formally processing in
  • Change who escorts the bride in –both parents, an uncle, a brother or alone!
  • Bridal party processes in in pairs
  • Couple walks down the aisle together

 

The recessional typically works backward–with the exception of the ring bearer and flower girl who typically don’t recess, and the bridal party who typically recess in pairs.

 

Remember, there are no wrong or rights, it’s just what is right for you, your fiancé and your wedding day.

 

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