(Closed) Processional order?

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Post # 3
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Blushing bee

Generally it goes:

Priest enters first (sometimes he walks in from the side with the groom, other times he walks in down the aisle)

Groom & Groomsmen enter from side

Moms and Grooms dad

Bridesmaids, Maid of Honor last

Flowergirl/Ringbearer

Bride and Dad

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Actually, you will almost never see the correct order for a traditional Catholic wedding Mass.

It basically is:

Servers, followed by priest, followed by the COUPLE, and they may be accompanied by their parents and at least two witnesses. 

This is because the Catholic Church does not believe in “giving the bride away” as if she were an object to be owned, and the marriage rite is about the couple, together– they are giving themselves to each other. They are entering into the marriage as mutual partners, and their entrance into the wedding itself should reflect that. 

(For the record, I myself followed the more standard form of the bride entering with her father- I wanted to come in together with my FI, but my dad wouldn’t hear of it. 🙂 )

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Heres is the section that pertains from the document “The Order of Celebrating Marriage within Mass.”

CHAPTER I

The Introductory Rites

The First Form

45 At the appointed time, the priest, wearing an alb and a stole and chasuble of the color of the Mass to be celebrated, goes with the servers to the door of the church, receives the couple to be married, and greets them kindly, showing that the Church shares in their joy. 

46 The procession to the altar then takes place: the servers go first, the priest follows, and then the couple who, according to local custom, may be accompanied as a sign of honor by at least their parents and the two witnesses, to the place prepared for them. Meanwhile, the entrance chant takes place. 

47 The priest approaches the altar, greets it with a profound bow, and venerates it with a kiss. After this, he goes to the chair. 

The Second Form 

48 At the appointed time, the priest, wearing an alb and a stole and chasuble of the color of the Mass to be celebrated, goes with the servers to the place prepared for the couple or to his chair. 

49 When the couple have arrived at their place, the priest receives them and greets them kindly, showing that the Church shares in their joy. 

50 Then, during the entrance chant, the priest approaches the altar, greets it with a profound bow, and venerates it with a kiss. After this, he goes to the chair. 

51 Then, after the sign of the cross has been made, the priest greets those present, using one of the formulas provided in The Roman Missal.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@red_rose:  THIS.  I’m a former Catholic turned Episcopalian, and our church also believes in doing the procession in this fashion.  Our church will allow us to come in at separate times (so groom towards the beginning, bride at the end if we want), but it has to be part of the same procession/same song.

Has anyone else done this?  Does this arrangement still allow enough time for the groom to get to the altar first and be able to watch me coming down the aisle?  I’d really like to be able to have that moment.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@zagora:  It depends on how many people are in the procession in-between you, how long the aisle is, and how fast/slow everyone walks and how much space there is between them. Are you having a wedding rehearsal? If so, you could use that to practice the timing and spacing to see if you have enough time for the groom to get to the altar (and if you don’t, then you can just put more space between everyone else, or the bride can wait a few more seconds to start walking.)

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