Wedding Processional and Recessional Order

Wedding Processional and Recessional Order

The time has come to walk up and down the aisle but who goes where and when? Read our guide to the etiquette of order that the wedding party should follow.

Processional; the order in which your party enters the church.
The procession music starts when the honored guests are seated. These honored guests are seated in order of importance. You can add or adapt the order to suit you. Traditionally the seating is done in this order. Groom's grandmother, Bride's grandmother, Groom's parents, Bride's mother.

Bridal Processional

  1. The Minister and Groom enter and if the Groomsmen are not escorting the Bridesmaids down the aisle, they also enter at the same time.
  2. The Bridesmaids enter, usually down the centre aisle, one at a time. If the Groomsmen are escorting the Bridesmaids, they enter as well.
  3. The Maid or Matron of Honor enters. If she is being escorted by the Best Man, they enter together.
  4. The Flower Girl and Ring Bearer enter.
  5. The Bride enter.

Recessional; the order in which your party exits the church.

  1. Bride and Groom
  2. Maid or Matron of Honor and Best Man
  3. Bridesmaids and Groomsmen
  4. Flower Girl and Ring Bearer

The Ushers return for the honored guests who are escorted out in reverse order of their entrance. Ushers may then dismiss the remaining guests, either all at once, or one row at a time.

World Processionals
Every religion has a different sort of processional made up of people with particular roles.

By tradition, Jewish weddings include something called Chuppah Carriers. A chuppah is a wedding canopy that is held up by two pairs of poles. The chuppah symbolizes the new home of the couple. A chuppah is carried by men by tradition, but can also be four people close to the couple. The attendants of the groom in a Muslim wedding are called the Hattabin.