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Planning the Processional and Recessional

By Bustld Pro Team | Jan 31 2019




Sure, for the ceremony you’ve thought about the vows you are going to exchange, the inclusion of a unity ceremony and what readings you are going to have, but have you thought about how everyone is going to get to their spots before all that starts? Before any of those other things even happen, everyone has to process down the aisle to their spots. And what about when it all ends, how is everyone walking back up the aisle? I’m sure you’ve thought about your dad or brother escorting you up the aisle, but who will escort your mom? What about the groom, who is he walking in with? Will your grandparents recess with your bridal party or just wait?

 

Truth be told, there is no right way to plan a processional and recessional! We are going to breakdown the “traditional” vs. “non traditional” ways to create both. But remember, the options are endless, and you can make it happen any way you want! 

 

Church Wedding 

Processional

Grandparents of the groom, with an escort
Grandparents of the bride, with an escort
Parents of the groom, with an escort
Mother of the bride, with an escort
Church official, groom and groomsmen enter through side door
Bridesmaids, one by one down the aisle
Maid/Matron of Honor
Ring Bearer/Flower Girl
Bride, escorted by her father or close family member

Recessional

Bride and groom

Bridesmaids and groomsmen paired

Parents of the bride

Parents of the groom

Grandparents

Ushers to go back in and usher rows out one by one

 

Jewish Wedding 

Processional 

Rabbi
Grandparents of the bride, then grandparents of the groom
Groomsmen, one by one
Best Man
Groom, escorted by both his parents
Bridesmaids, one by one
Maid/Matron of Honor
Ring Bearer/Flower Girl
Bride, escorted by both her parents

Recessional

Bride and groom

Bridesmaids and groomsmen paired

Parents of the bride

Parents of the groom

Grandparents


Non-Traditional Wedding: Option 1

Processional

Grandparents of the groom
Grandparents of the bride
Parents of the groom
Mother of the bride (escort could be dad, brother or another close family member)
Officiant, Groom & Best Man, either from the side or down the aisle
Groomsmen and Bridesmaids, paired
Maid/Matron of Honor
Ring Bearer/Flower Girl
Bride, escorted by her father or close family member

Recessional

Bride and groom

Bridesmaids and groomsmen paired

Parents of the bride

Parents of the groom

 

Non-Traditional Wedding: Option 2

Grandparents of the groom
Grandparents of the bride
Parents of the groom
Mother of the bride (escort could be dad, brother or another close family member)
Officiant, Groom & Groomsmen, either from the side or down the aisle in a straight line
Bridesmaids, one by one
Maid/Matron of Honor
Ring Bearer/Flower Girl
Bride, escorted by her father or close family member

Recessional

Bride and groom

Bridesmaids and groomsmen paired

Parents of the bride

Parents of the groom

 

Remember, you can mix and match these to best fit your wedding ceremony – after all, it should feel like you!

 

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Photo Credit: J. P. Lord Photography


     

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