Post # 1
In NY where I grew up, the BM’s walk alone during the processional and the GM’s are already up front. Then, on the way back down on the recessional, they join the GM’s and walk in pairs. When I told my BM from North Dakota that she would be walking alone, she about freaked out and told me she had never seen/heard of that before. What is the custom where you’re from??
Post # 3
@AirForceWife78: I’ve been to weddings in Ontario and Nova Scotia, and I’ve only seen what you described. I hadn’t seen the GM and BM walking in together until wedding bee!
Post # 4
Here they usually walk in together.
Post # 5
Here in Buffalo I’ve only seen weddings like you’ve described and plan on having my BP do the same.
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2014 - Church
@AirForceWife78: Where I am from it is generally the bridesmaids walking alone. That being said … I have seen both 🙂
Post # 7
All the weddings I’ve attended in Texas have the men escorting the ladies.
That being said, I don’t plan on having the men escort the ladies, becuase it seems kind of weird and like they are pretend couples.
Post # 8
Here it almost seems to be based on religion. I’ve seen both ways but it seems as though all the Catholic ones have the BM and GM walk in together and all the Lutheran ones have the guys standing up front already and the BMs walk in alone.
Post # 9
alone in the processional, with groomsmen in the recessional.
Post # 10
I’m from North Carolina, and I have only seen bridesmaids walking down alone with the groomsmen already at the front. I was at a wedding in Chicago once though where we walked down and back together.
Post # 11
@AirForceWife78: I’m in Alberta and I’ve seen both here. Sometimes the guys all come in with the officiant, and the groom from the back. Sometimes the officant comes in alone and the groom comes up the center to lead the processional (usually with his mom), and the groomsmen come in a line one by one before the bridesmaids. Sometimes they come in as a pair.
Post # 12
@AirForceWife78: I’m in North Dakota, and I’ve seen all sorts of different ways of getting everyone to the front. I don’t think it’s a regional thing ,I think it’s a personal thing.
Post # 13
i’m from california and have seen it both ways. and either way, the best man has always been up at the front with the groom, and the maid of honor walks alone. during the recessional everyone is paired up.
Post # 14
@lilchicana: Same for my experiences. I grew up in Texas plus have family and been in weddings in the Philippines. Thinking back, it is almost cleanly divided based on the size of the wedding party. If there are three or less of each (counting the best man and MOH), the women walked in alone. Otherwise, folks were paired up except for the best man and MOH.
Post # 15
Another thing that’s done, especially with small wedding parties, is the bride and her father lead the procession, followed by the bridesmaids (each walking alone). It’s common in my part of the world, and apparently also in the UK, judging by the royal wedding.
@cirk: Yes I agree, it’s really just personal preference.
Post # 16
I’ve seen it the way you described at a NH wedding, but I’m from CA and thought it was different from what I’d seen in the past. I liked it though, it’s a really minor detail anyway so do whatever you like.