Wedding Processional Procedures: Options & Etiquette For Your Walk Down the Aisle!

Hello lovelies!

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Summer is here and we are smack in the middle or helping our fall couples work out their detailed day of flow! Part of this process is walking them through their processional options and all the wedding etiquette that goes with it! Two items that are absolutely central to how the rest of the processional will flush out is for the couple to decide who they want walking down the aisle in general (think bridal party plus immediate family members) and who they would like to walk in with, specifically. There are a number of different orders and ways to get everyone to the party, so we are here to give you a couple options as to how to do it (but don’t be afraid to mix and match however you would like!). To keep the flow of options going, we have given a general view of the processional, so don’t feel as if you can’t go off book and, for example, have your best guy friend as your Man of Honor instead of having a Maid of Honor.

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Standard Processional in the Non-Denominational or Civil Ceremony Tradition

In the common standard or traditional processional, ladies generally go on the left and fellas go on the right. In this case, important family members and your bridal crew are the ones to walk down the aisle. There are a number of ways of doing this and even though we gave you two options, don’t be afraid to mix and match from A & B. For example, you can have all the grandparents start in the front row and also have both parents walk the bride down the aisle.

A:

  • All grandparents start in front row
  • Officiant takes place by alter
  • Cue Music for Processional – Song Name by Artist
  • Parents of Groom walk down aisle
  • Mother of Bride walks down aisle escorted by TBD (close family member or friend)
  • Groom and crew come in from side and take their spots at alter (best man closest to groom)
  • Cue Music Change – Song Name by Artist
  • Bridesmaids
    • Insert names starting with person farthest from bride, ending with Maid of Honor
  • Ring Bearer walks down aisle
  • Flower Girl walks down aisle
  • Cue Music Change for Bride – Song Name by Artist
  • Bride walks down aisle with Father

The wedding of Irene Legaspi and Chris Josol was photography by Hannah Arista for Docuvitae at the Carondelet House in Los Angeles, CA on September 27th, 2014.

Photo Credit: Docuvitae

B:

  • Cue Music for Processional – Song Name by Artist
  • Grandparents of Groom walk down aisle
  • Grandparents of Bride walk down aisle
  • Parents of Groom
  • Officiant, groom and best man
  • Cue Music Change – Song Name by Artist
  • Bridesmaids & Groomsmen
    • Insert names starting with person farthest from couple
  • Maid of Honor walks down aisle (alone or with Best Man)
  • Cue Music Change for Bride – Song Name by Artist
  • Bride walks down aisle with Father & Mother

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Photo Credit: Andrew Abajian

Standard Processional in the Jewish Tradition

In Jewish tradition, ladies are on the right and fellas are on the left. The options we have listed depict option A as an example of a more strict, traditional Jewish wedding and option B as a more relaxed version.

A:

  • Cue Music for Processional
  • Chuppah brought in by cousins
  • Rabbi or Cantor walks down aisle
  • Grandparents of bride walks down aisle
  • Grandparents of groom walks down aisle
  • Siblings and other significant others
  • Groom walks in with parents
  • Bridesmaids & Groomsmen walk down aisle
    • Insert names starting with person farthest from couple
  • Cue Music change for Bride
  • Bride walks in with parents

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Photo Credit: Iris & Light

B:

  • Rabbi or Cantor positioned at front
  • Cue Music for Processional
  • Chuppah brought in by cousins
  • Grandparents of bride walks down aisle
  • Grandparents of groom walks down aisle
  • Siblings and other significant others
  • Bridesmaids & groomsmen walk down aisle
    • Insert names starting with person farthest from the couple
  • Cue Music Change for Groom
  • Groom walks in with parents
  • Cue Music Change for Bride
  • Bride walks in with parents

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Photo Credit: Andrew Abajian

Same Sex Wedding Processional

For same sex couples it seems the B option for the Jewish wedding makes the most sense to use. This way the couple can both walk in with their parents.

  • Officiant positioned at front
  • Cue Music for Processional
  • Grandparents of bride/groom walks down aisle
  • Grandparents of bride/groom walks down aisle
  • Bridesmaids & Groomsmen walk down aisle
    • Insert names starting with person farthest from the couple
  • Cue Music Change for bride/groom
  • Bride/groom walks in with parents
  • Cue Music Change for bride/groom
  • Bride/groom walks in with parents

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Photo Credit: Chloe Moore Photography

Music & Final Thoughts

What about the music cues, you ask? You can have as many or as little music changes as you would like! If you have live music, then we would suggest one song for everything before the bride and if you have a DJ, then feel free to switch it up as often as you would like. We know this could be an overwhelming amount of options to choose from.  Remember, this is your wedding, so you can have whoever you want walk down the aisle and whatever you choose to do will be the right decision for you big day.

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