Time to talk about the processional!
As the Wedding Venue Experts, we get a lot of questions about how to plan the perfect wedding. According to our brides, one of the most confusing things (especially on the day of the wedding) is the ceremony processional order (A.K.A. how to line everyone up!).
Can you relate to this? Today, we’ll be talking through how to pull off a perfect ceremony processional + we’ll send you home with the complete guide to who walks when.
So, let’s go ahead and jump in, shall we?
Let’s begin by defining “processional” in relation to a wedding. Honestly, it is a just a fancy way to say entrance!
Typically, the ceremony processional includes:
The officiant • The bride + groom’s parents and grandparents • The wedding party (bridesmaids + groomsmen) • Ring bearer(s) + flower girl(s) • The bride + groom
Side note: these are the people you will need present at your rehearsal / walk-through.
If your DJ or ceremony musician(s) can be there as well to time out your music, awesome! If not, playing the music from a bridesmaid’s phone will also do the trick – promise!
Now, let’s discuss the exact order of your processional.
(Remember, as with most wedding-related things, there tends to be more than one “correct” way to do something. This list is not the end-all, be-all. It is just a traditional order)
1 | OFFICIANT
Your officiant’s entrance will communicate to your guests that your ceremony is about to begin – YAY!
2 | GRANDPARENTS OF THE GROOM
If present, the grandparents of the groom will enter + sit in the first row on the righthand side.
3 | GRANDPARENTS OF THE BRIDE
If present, the grandparents of the bride will enter + sit in the first row on the lefthand side.
4 | PARENTS OF THE GROOM
If present, the parents of the groom will enter together + sit in the first two seats in the first row on the righthand side, next to the groom’s grandparents.
5 | MOTHER OF THE BRIDE
If present, the mother of the bride will be escorted in by an usher, groomsmen, or family member + is seated in the first seat in the first row on the lefthand side.
6 | GROOM
Things are getting real now! The groom typically walks down the aisle on his own + takes his place to the right of the officiant when looking at the ceremony site.
You can also send all of the guys in at once. If you will be going this route, the groom will lead the way, followed by the Best Man + then the rest of the groomsmen in the order in which they will be standing.
7 | WEDDING PARTY
In regard to the wedding party, there are several options here + no wrong answers.
You can either send your groomsmen + bridesmaids in individually or you can double them up + sent them down the aisle in pairs.
If you will be sending the wedding party in individually, the groomsmen will enter first, starting with whoever will be standing farthest from the groom + working your way in.
Once the groomsmen have taken their place, the bridesmaids will begin their entrance, once again, starting with whoever will be standing farthest from the bride + working your way in, ending with the Maid or Matron of Honor.
If you will be sending the wedding party in in pairs, you will start with the groomsman + bridesmaid standing farthest from the couple + working your way in, ending with the Best Man + the Maid or Matron of Honor.
If you have uneven numbers – no worries! Feel free to have one groomsman escort two bridesmaids, one on either arm, or have one bridesmaid escorted in by two groomsmen, one on either side of her.
8 | RING BEARER
Depending on the age of your ring bearer, we typically suggest sending the actual rings with the Best Man + sending the ring bearer down the aisle with placeholder rings or maybe a cute sign!
The ring bearer can stand up at the front along with the rest of the wedding party or can be seated in the audience with his parents or another family member.
9 | FLOWER GIRL
The flower girl should be the last person to walk down the aisle prior to the bride’s grand entrance.
Just as with the ring bearer, the flower girl can stand up at the front along with the rest of the wedding party or can be seated in the audience with her parents or another family member.
10 | BRIDE + HER ESCORT OF CHOICE
The moment you have been waiting for is finally here! The bride will make her grand entrance holding onto her father’s left arm if present.
We have also seen brides escorted by their mother, grandfather, stepfather, brother, father AND stepfather (one on either side), even their son or daughter – which we think is super sweet!
There are no rules here… do what feels right to you. 🙂
Now, you have everything you need to ensure a flawless wedding ceremony processional – whoo hoo!
Full list below. PRO Tip: screenshot + save to your phone or pin to your Best Day Ever board on Pinterest.
And before we send you back to wedding planning, we do have one more thing for you… 25 of our favorite songs to walk down the aisle to! Check out the Spotify playlist here or by clicking on the image below.
If you’re still looking for that perfect aisle to walk down on your Best Day Ever, reach out to THE SPRINGS nearest you today + let’s get you set up with a private venue tour.