(Closed) How does the processional/recessional typically go?

posted 9 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
610 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Check out ej’s response here. I love it. Anyway, nowadays, everybody does whatever suits her/him these days. With uneven bridal party, they can either process out alone or just accompany with another bridal party member of the same sex.

Post # 4
350 posts
Helper bee

Most weddings I’ve been to or been in have had the groomsmen standing up at the altar with the groom and then the girls walk in alone.  For the recessional, they usually walk out in pairs but in the cases of uneven parties I have seen one guy with 2 girls or a girl with two guys.  If your bridesmaid does not feel comfortable walking with her ex then you should definitely avoid pairing her up with him!!

Post # 5
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

the last few that i’ve been to the groomsmen walk out first and stand at the altar with the groom, and the bridesmaids go down the isle alone before the bride. then when they’re leaving they walk with the guys. but i don’t think it’s written in stone, i’m sure they can do whatever you want. also, if they are walking together, you pick who goes with who, so there’s no need to place your friend with her ex.

Post # 8
1676 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think we’re going to have the groom standing up at the front already, while the guests finish up getting seated.  For the processional, the groomsmen and bridesmaids will walk in together in pairs or 3s, then the flower girls and ring bearer (perhaps all holding hands with each other, since they are pretty young), and then me!!

We also have a slightly uneven wedding party, so 1 groomsman will walk in with 2 bridesmaids on his arm.  (That would be the “pimp daddy” groomsman!)

Post # 9
6661 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

It’s traditional for the groom and his party to walk in right before the ceremony starts (usually from the side room up in the front), and the bridesmaids to walk out alone, followed by the flower girl(s), then the bride with her father. I have never seen a recessional without the bmaids/groomsmen paired up.

But honestly, as long as your church or venue is okay with it, I think anything goes. A lot of BM’s don’t like walking down the aisle alone and make strong pleas to be paired up. I personally like the look of what I described above best..

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