(Closed) Ideas on how to build anticipation w/ processional if no bridal party?

posted 9 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I think that’s a great idea. The biggest thing that would be different between being a bridesmaid or mother of the bride vs. other guest and friend is that they might not want to have all eyes on them. At least for me, I’d want to wear something extra nice if I’m walking down the aisle. So letting them know ahead of time would be key if I were to do that.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I am having the same problem.  We are having just my sister as the maid of honor/best man-lady as the only attendant and the processional is going to be so short!  I asked my other siblings and his siblings about it, but they don’t really want to be in the ceremony.  So now we are looking at him walking his mother down the aisle, followed by my parents, my sister, and then me.  I am hoping that it will be enough!

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I think it sounds fantastic but agree with the other that listing them in the program would be super helpful, such as:

We’re grateful for the love and support of our family and friends but have a special place in our hearts for the following, in order of procession:

Sarah, lifelong friend of the bride

Betty, best friend from college

etc. By The Way, we’re non-traditional, too. I’m the ONLY one processing, without being escorted even. We have no bridal party (not even Maid/Matron of Honor, BM), our moms have both passed, and, well, you know how dads are…

Another thing you can do is really time the music. Have the musicians play a 2 min segment or something so it finishes up at the same time. Then it will feel perfect, not too short!

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

We didn’t have a bridal party, but our processional was similar to what you described.  We had my sisters, my grandma, and my nephew go down the aisle.  Then our ceremony readers (my sister, my SIL, and my godfather) went.  My husband walked down with his mom and dad, and then the music changed and I came down the aisle with my mom and dad.  We didn’t do programs, but at the reception we introduced everyone who was in the processional during our welcome speech.  I don’t think it will look random at all to have your friends thrown in there.  People will probably just assume they are close to you, and that’s why they were included in the processional.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

He went after all the family and friends.  My husband and his parents were the last ones to enter right before me and my parents.  He was crying pretty hard by the time he started walking down the aisle, so I think it was better for him that he was almost the last to go in.  🙂

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