Wedding Processional Order: A Complete Guide!

Wedding Processional Order: A Complete Guide!

When it comes to wedding processional order, we’ve seen a lot of variations. Factors like religion, wedding party size, and other preferences will influence your ceremony’s processional (entrance) and recessional (exit) order. Because of this, we’ve summarized a few popular ones to help you learn more about different ceremony order variations.

Traditional Christian Wedding Processional Order

Let’s start with the most classic order, the Traditional Christian Wedding processional order.

Officiant / Groom / Best Man

Groom's Grandparents

Bride's Grandparents

Groom's Parents

Bride's Mother

Groomsmen

Bridesmaids

Maid Of Honour

Ring Bearer

Flowergirl

Bride's Father & Bride

Bride's Guests

Groom's Guests

Modern Christian Wedding Processional Order

We feel that the traditional Christian / Catholic processional order doesn’t give the groom enough of the spotlight. After all, it’s his wedding too! So, we love it when we see grooms walking down the aisle in more recent weddings.

Officiant

Groom's Grandparents

Bride's Grandparents

Groom's Parents

Bride's Mother

Groom

Best Man

Groomsmen

Bridesmaids

Maid Of Honour

Ring Bearer

Flowergirl

Bride & Bride's Father

Bride's Guests

Groom's Guests

Jewish Wedding Processional Order

If you’re planning a Jewish wedding ceremony, the order is a bit different. The bride and groom’s sides are flipped, and we feel so much love when we see the parents of the bride and groom walk their children down the aisle.

Rabbi / Cantor

Bride's Grandparents

Groom's Grandparents

Groomsmen

Best Man

Groom & Groom's Parents

Bridesmaids

Maid Of Honour

Ring Bearer

Flowergirl

Bride & Bride's Parents

Groom's Guests

Bride's Guests

Traditional Christian Wedding Recessional Order

If you think that the recessional order is the same as the processional order, think again! Of course, after the newlyweds are married, the bride and groom will exit hand in hand. Since the climax with the nuptials have already been reached, things can move a bit more quickly afterwards. So, the rest of the wedding party usually leaves in pairs. In addition, the parents and grandparents stay seated and do not leave with the rest of the wedding party.

Officiant

Bridesmaids & Groomsmen

Maid Of Honour & Best Man

Flowergirl & Ring Bearer

Bride & Groom

Bride's Guests

Groom's Guests

Jewish Wedding Recessional Order

And here’s the Jewish wedding recessional order to wrap things up.

Rabbi / Cantor

Bridesmaids & Groomsmen

Maid Of Honour & Best Man

Flowergirl & Ring Bearer

Groom's Grandparents

Bride's Grandparents

Groom's Parents

Bride's Parents

Bride & Groom

Groom's Guests

Bride's Guests

As we mentioned, everyone has their own unique preferences, so feel free to make your ceremony order your own. We recommend starting with one of the standard wedding processional or recessional orders, and then customizing it to suit your own tastes and styles.

Here Are Some Suggestions For Customization:

  • For shorter ceremonies, have your bridesmaids & groomsmen, maid of honour & best man, and flower girls & ringbearers walk down the aisle in pairs.
  • Don’t want to leave your siblings out? Incorporate them into your wedding, even though they’re not part of the official wedding party. For example, have a sibling walk the mother of the bride down instead of an usher.
  • Even if you are following a Christian or Catholic ceremony, we think it’s great when both parents walk you down the aisle. So, don’t be afraid to adapt concepts from other cultures if you like them.

Here Are Some Extra Ceremony Order Pointers:

  • For traditional processionals at Christian or Catholic weddings, the officiant, groom, and best man usually walk in from the side and not the aisle. Similarly, the Rabbi and Cantor at Jewish weddings are already at the front at the start of the ceremony.
  • The order of the groomsmen and bridesmaids during a procession begin with those standing furthest from the bride. Likewise, the groomsmen enter with those standing furthest from the groom.
  • The bride’s guests sit on the left and the grooms’s guests sit on the right at Christian or Catholic weddings. It is reversed for Jewish weddings with the groom’s guests on the left and the brides’s guests on the right.
  • After the grandparents and parents come in, they are typically seated by ushers in the first row on their respective bride’s or groom’s side.

 

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