Post # 1
I’m looking for advice on different options to handle a recessional with three bridesmaids and four groomsmen. I know it is not a big deal/quite common these days, but I’m just curious about how others handled it in hopes of finding an option we like. My wedding is in four days and I just found out one of my bridesmaids is ill and will almost certainly be missing the wedding, so I have not had time to give this puzzle much thought. Any suggestions from the hive?
Post # 3
@nanilani04: You could have one of the girls walk down with two guys. You could also have one of the groomsmen escort a guest of honor such as one of your parents or grandparents, etc.
Post # 4
Oh bummer! Sorry to hear about your BM. I think you have a few options:
1. Have the best man already standing with your FI.
2. Have one BM escorted by 2 GMs.
3. Everyone walks alone and alternate GM, BM, GM, BM, GM, BM, GM.
4. Have all the GMs stand with your FI and only have the BMs walk.
I’ve seen it done pretty much every way, except maybe #3, and it’s never looked bad or awkward!
Post # 5
@PacificMrs: Thanks for the quick feedback! I’ve been in a wedding where a groomsmen escorted two bridesmaids, but for some reason two guys with a girl seems stranger to me. No particular reason why, and we haven’t ruled that out yet.
The guest of honor suggestion probably will not work for us since we have too many family members to honor and don’t want to single anyone out as more important than the rest. The joy of combining two already blended families!
Post # 6
@RunsWithBears: Thanks for the suggestions! I’m more comfortable with figuring out the processional (I’m used to seeing BMs walk the aisle alone), but I’m used to seeing the wedding party pair up for the recessional. It looks like either a guy will walk alone or one of my sisters will have two guys on her arm. I had not thought about the alternating option.
Post # 7
The groomsmen did not walk down the aisle in the beginning of the ceremony. They stood up at the alter with the groom. The bridesmaids walked down the aisle alone. Afterwards – one groomsmen walked out 2 girls – and honestly no one noticed. No one noticed in pictures or in the entrance to the reception. Everything will be perfect!
Post # 8
@nanilani04: Oh oops, I thought you were talking about the processional. For the recessional, no one pays attention that much. I might have 2 GMs escort one BM or just alternate. Do you have any ring bearers for flower girls? If so, maybe a GM could walk with one of them.