Help! Who walks down the aisle? When?

I am having trouble with deciding who will walk down the aisle and when? Typicall wedding have officiant, groomsmen, bridesmaids, ring bearer,flower girl, Maid of Honor, Bride. How are you girls doing it?
Posted on May 9, 2008 at 5:27 am
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I've been to several weddings and the proceessional usually goes as follows:

1. Officiant
2. Grandparents of the Groom (If one is deceased, one could be accompanied with a grandchild or cousin)
3. Grandparents of the Bride (see note above)
4. Godparents or sponsors
5. Parents of the Groom
6. Bridesmaids with the Groomsmen (That is, if the groomsmen are not at the altar with the Groom)
7. Flower girl(s)
8. Ring Bearer(s)
9. Maid or Matron of Honor(s)
10. Bride with parents

Most of the brides I've seen have decided to walk down the aisle with both parents.
Posted on May 9, 2008 at 5:33 am
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So if the bridesmaids walk witht the groomsmen, do the bm and moh walk down by themselves? And if my father is walking me down, who walks w/my mother?
Posted on May 9, 2008 at 6:01 am
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What if you have readers? Do they go after the officiant?
Posted on May 9, 2008 at 6:03 am
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i've never seen the readers walk down the aisle - but maybe b/c i'm in the back waiting for my turn to walk??

found this info on: http://weddings.about.com/od/yourweddingceremony/a/Processional.htm




The order of wedding processionals follows a general pattern, but varies according to religious traditions.


For example, here is a Catholic wedding processional:

The priest, groom, and best man enter through a side door and wait at the altar.

The groomsmen and bridesmaids walk down in pairs or alone, starting with the two who will stand farthest from the bride and groom, and ending with the best man and maid of honor.

The ring bearer then flower girl(s)

The bride and her father, or other close family member. The bride walks on the left side. If the bride's escort is her father, he leads her to the front of the aisle, then takes his seat next to the bride's mother.

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However, for a Jewish wedding processional, the order goes something like this:

The Rabbi and/or cantor

Grandparents of the bride, who are then seated in the first row

Grandparents of the groom, who are then seated in the first row

Groomsmen, walking in pairs

Best man

The groom, who is escorted by his parents.

Bridesmaids

Maid or Matron of Honor

Ring bearer and/or flower girl

The bride, escorted by her parents

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And for a Protestant wedding, this is the traditional order of a wedding processional:

The mothers of the bride and groom are seated after all guests are seated, and immediately before the start of the processional music.

They are usually escorted to their seats by a brother of the bride or groom, or by another usher.

After they are seated, the officiant, groom and best man enter by a side door and wait at the altar.

Groomsmen may also enter by a side door, or can escort the bridesmaids.

Bridesmaids

Ring bearer and/or flower girl

Maid or Matron of Honor

The bride, escorted by her father or other close male family member or friend. At the front of the aisle, her escort can remain standing with her until the minister asks "Who gives this woman in marriage?" to which he responds "I do," or "Her mother and I do."

However, some people feel this tradition is old fashioned and sexist, and choose to forgo it. In such a case, her escort walks with the bride to the front of the aisle, and then takes his seat in the front row.
Posted on May 9, 2008 at 8:10 am
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I hadn't either until this last wedding I went to. I still have time to think though.
Posted on May 9, 2008 at 10:06 am
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This is what we did:

Guests are seated
Music starts
a GM escorts Bride's Grandma, Grandpa walks behind
a GM escorts Bride's other Grandma
groom walks with officiant
a GM escorts MOB
a GM escorts MOG, FOG walks behind (these GM then walk back along the side)
GM with BMs
ring bearer with his parents (we didn't have a flower girl)
bride with Dad

I was a MOH once where the groomsmen stayed with the groom and all the bridesmaids and I walked alone. I didn't really like walking all by myself, so I knew I wanted the GM to walk with the BMs at my wedding. The rest we just kind of made up. At our somewhat unorganized rehearsal, no one told us we were doing anything wrong, so we just went with it.

Good luck!
Posted on May 9, 2008 at 10:46 am

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