Most brides have seen enough rom-coms to know that the last person to walk down the aisle will typically be them. But when it comes to the rest of the wedding processional order, and who walks down when, it can all get quite confusing. We’re here to help you with general guidelines for who walks first, who walks next, and who can walk together. Follow this tutorial for the wedding processional order and you’re golden!
1. Mother of the Bride
Traditionally, the mother of the bride walks down the aisle first and then takes a seat in the first row to the left of the aisle (note: in Christian weddings, the bride’s side is to the left of the aisle, where as in Jewish weddings the bride’s side is on the right). In Jewish weddings, it’s customary for the mother of the bride and the father of the bride to walk the bride down the aisle.
2. Grandparents of the Bride
The bride’s grandparents can also begin the wedding processional, after which they will take a seat in the first row.
3. Grandparents of the Groom
The groom’s grandparents will typically follow the bride’s grandparents, taking a side on the alternate side of the aisle.
4. Bridesmaids & Groomsmen
Bridesmaids and groomsmen can walk down separately, or you may pair them together. Though there is no set rule, many brides choose to pair up bridesmaids and groomsmen based on height and/or significance to the bride & groom. Once down the aisle, the groomsmen will line up at the altar next to the groom, and the bridesmaids next to the bride.
5. Best Man
The best man follows the bridesmaids and groomsmen and can walk down alone or with the maid or matron of honor. He may also be the holder of the rings, and will stand next to the groom at the altar.
6. Maid and/or Matron of Honor
Should you choose to have the maid and/or matron of honor walk down separately, they should follow the best man. They will stand next to you at the altar, and will hold your bouquet as you say “I do!”
The groom walks down next, and can walk down alone or escorted by his mother and father. In Jewish weddings, the bride and groom’s parents, as well as all siblings will stand underneath the Chuppah with the bride & groom. The groom can also enter the ceremony from the side of the room followed by the groomsmen, best man and the officiant, an option used in many Christian weddings.
The officiant may choose his or her place in the ceremony based on tradition. They may select the option of approaching the altar from the side of the room with the groom or may choose to be the first of the processional before the grandparents of the bride. You can speak with your officiant about his or her preferences when you meet prior to the wedding.
9. Ring Bearer & Flower Girl
Your adorable ring bearers and flower girls are up next. The flower girl is typically the last one to walk down the aisle before the bride.
The bride walks down the aisle last with her escort. The escort will lift the veil and kiss the bride before the bride approaches the groom at the altar.