(Closed) Talk to me about your processional.

posted 7 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: Are your groomsmen accompanying your bridesmaids down the aisle?
    No, they're going to wait at the front with the groom. : (14 votes)
    54 %
    Yes, all the groomsmen, including the best man, will accompany the bridesmaids, including the MOH. : (7 votes)
    27 %
    Yes, they will, but the best man will wait at the front, and the MOH only will walk alone. : (5 votes)
    19 %
  • Post # 3
    3374 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Every wedding I’ve been to GMs are waiting at the front with the Groom.

    In my wedding, GMs will walk down the right aisle (there’s 2 aisles) at the same time BMs will walk down the aisle. The Best Man will be at the front with the groom.

    Post # 4
    16195 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    My groomsmen seated the grandparents and the moms, and then joined my husband/then-fiance and the best man at the front of the church. The bridesmaids and maid of honor walked down the aisle on their own.

    Post # 6
    2701 posts
    Sugar bee

    Mine went like this:

    Groom seated both my and is moms (super cute)

    Bridesmaids were escorted by groomsmen

    Dad walked me


    Post # 7
    75 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I have been a musician in more weddings than I can count.  And I live in the South.  Here is what is customary in my neck of the woods:  (if you are standing at the rear of the sanctuary and looking toward the pulpit, the bride’s side is the left and groom’s side is the right.)

    Groom’s grandparents seated  – one row behind the parents – second row

    Bride’s grandparents seated – one row behind the parents – second row

    Groom’s parents seated – front row

    Bride’s mother seated – front row

    Offician, groom enter from side or rear

    Here is where there is some variation:

    Either all groomsmen enter with officiant/groom, or all, including best man escort Bridesmaid or Best Man, or alternate with Bridesmaid or Best Man walking alone, or best man enters with groom and Maid/Matron of Honor walks alone.

    Flower girl and ring bearer can walk together, or separately, with ring bearer first, then flower girl.

    Then mother of the bride stands, giving the cue for the audience to stand for the entrance of the bride.  Bride is on the father’s left arm, so he is between the bride and groom at the front.  Then he gives her away and sits with the mother of the bride.


    Post # 8
    3374 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Well my groomsmen aren’t accompanying the bridesmaids, they’re walking on separate aisles at the same time.

    I think it would look best for the bridesmaids to accompany themselves so they can hold their flowers right. On the way back they’ll be accompanied.

    Post # 9
    13096 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    My processional was exactly as you described except the groomsmen, groom and officiant didn’t enter from the side until after the mothers and grandparents were seated.

    I’ve always seen the groom’s grandparents sat before the bride’s (just like the groom’s mother is seated before the bride’s).

    Our groomsmen were up front with the groom and officiant.  I just prefer that “look” I guess to them walking down the aisle with the bridesmaids.  Neither is wrong – simply a personal preference thing.

    Post # 10
    10287 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Our processional went as follows…

    Darling Husband, Best Man and officiant waiting at the end of the aisle
    My aunt and uncle
    DH’s grandmother escorted by an usher
    My grandmother escorted by an usher
    DH’s parents
    My mom escorted by both ushers
    Bridesmaid or Best Man & Groomsmen #2
    Bridesmaid or Best Man & Groomsmen #1
    Maid/Matron of Honor
    Ring Bearer
    My step-dad and I

    I’ve seen the Groomsmen done both ways but I personally like it better when they escort the BM’s. The Maid/Matron of Honor is fine to walk alone since she’s slightly more important than the other BM’s and can be featured by herself. As for grandmothers, I’ve always seen the grooms side go first followed by the brides so that’s how we did it. 

    Post # 13
    75 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I don’t think it matters.  Also, remember that after the ceremony anyone that is escorted at the beginning should also be escorted out as part of the recessional in reverse order they went in. I can remember many weddings where the parents and grandparents were forgotten and the usher half-runs back up the aisle to escort them out. 

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