Post # 1
I wanted the officiant, groom, groomsmen as well as his father (his only immediate family) to enter on the side to stand and/or take their seat
I want to include my parents somehow but I dont want them to walk me down the aisle
so how do I include them in the procession/ceremony?
I was thinking of walking solo down the aisle and then giving my mom and dad a hug/kiss when I got to their seats and before I took my place next to my groom
what do you bees think?
Post # 3
Here’s what we did:
The officiant and DH went down the center aisle to the front. His Mom/stepdad and Dad/stepmom came down the aisle. My dad has passed and my mom walked me down the aisle, so my parents weren’t part of the parental processional.
After officiant, DH, and paretns were down, we paired off – 1 groomsmen took 2 girls, then the rest of the bridal party paired off in twos. Then my mom and I came down the aisle, we hugged, and DH met me and we walked to the pulpit together for the last few steps.
I know my girls (or me!) did not want to walk down the aisle by themselves, so going down with the groomsmen was preferable for us.
I think if you want to walk alone, go for it girl. Parents (I think) generally go before the bridal party, but I’m not sure since the groomsmen will be there already. You could have the parents go down, then the officiant and guys go. The hug and kiss at the end would be nice.
Post # 4
If you aren’t going to have your parents walk you in, I’d have them take their seats along with any grandparents. However, if the only real family we’re talking about are your parents and his dad, it does get a little trickier.
If I were coordinating your wedding, I’d recommend that his father walk in first to begin the whole procession, then your parents, then officiant/groom/groomsmen, then bridesmaids, and finally the bride. This may not feel right to you, and that’s cool. The main thing is not to let either your parents or his dad feel like their role is diminished in any way. Basically, you want to treat parents equally. If his dad is going to enter during the ceremony, then your parents should probably do the same.