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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Wedding Processional Order Made Simple

Wedding Processional Order Made Simple

Today on The Bride Link, we're giving you tons of tips on planning your wedding ceremony processional! Your wedding party order can be done any way you want, there is no official way to plan your processional! Feel free to do what feels right for you. If you're looking for a simple processional, check out these useful tips! 

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1. Make sure that you leave plenty of room between people walking down the aisle. 

Now that means four things! First, consider the width you need. Make sure that there's plenty of space for people to walk down the aisle without banging their elbows against walls or guests. This includes room to do so comfortably. Second is the vertical room, a large enough space that accounts for the gaps between couples. You want to make sure that there's plenty of space in between people walking down the aisle. Third, room for the photographer to take a picture with no one photobombing the background. Fourth, think about the time it takes for the music to change in between the groups. For example when the parents, the wedding party, and when the bride walks down the aisle.

2. Make sure that you have helpers for your little ones. 

If you have small children in your wedding (anybody underneath the age of four is considered a complete and total wild card) there's no telling what they'll actually end up doing. Don't worry, guests always think whatever reaction they have is absolutely adorable! At the same time, you'll need someone watching them to help get down the aisle. More importantly, being on hand to whisk them away safely if they get too distracted. Should they start to have some sort of emotional breakdown or they're making way too much noise, its best to deal with that quickly, so have someone standing by. 

3. If you get nervous, just look at your partner. 

So this goes for bridesmaids and groomsmen, but usually, the couple are the nervous ones. Using eye contact with your partner when your nervous is important, but don't forget to also look where you're going. A big issue I see most often is once the couple gets down the aisle, they tend to turn and look at the officiant. To get the best pictures and have those sentimental moments, its best to look into the eyes of your partner and not the minister that's marrying you. So be mindful of this when the minister begins to speak.

4. Practice makes perfect. 

Even if you have a really simple wedding ceremony, you're going to want to do a rehearsal. Practicing is more about the transitions than the order!  For example, when the bride is given away or when you hand your bouquet off and take your partner's hand. The goal is fluidity, and if the movements aren't practiced it will show on your wedding day. It's also not necessarily important that you practice at your actual venue. It's more important that your entire bridal party is there. At the minimum, this includes the couple getting married, officiant if possible, wedding planner, bridal party, as well as anybody else that has a key role in the ceremony. 

5. Knowing the official processional order. 

So typically you're going to want to start with the officiant. Next is the grandparents, then the groom's parents, then mother of the bride with an escort. This is followed by the groom, the bridesmaids and groomsmen with the maid of honor and the best man being last. tLast are the ringbearers, flower girls, and then the bride with whoever's escorting her down the aisle. 

 

Now, of course, this example is based on wedding etiquette and tradition and is the most common used. However, during your wedding, you can do whatever you want! If this is the same-sex wedding you're planning, you can change it up for anything that makes sense to you. You can put some guys on the girl's side, you can put some girls on the groom's side if you want. Do what feels right! If it goes against tradition, is totally okay!

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Wedding Processional Quick Recap: 

1. Make sure to leave plenty of time between the people walking down the aisle. A slower processional gives the photographer time to capture every person as they walk down the aisle. If it is rushed the photos will come out a little blurry or rushed. As a wedding planner, I actually stand by each person before they hit the walkway. I provide spacing for them and let them know once they need to go.

 2. Make sure your little ones have a helper. If your flower girl or ring bearer have someone they are comfortable either guiding them or at the end of the aisle. Children are more likely to go to someone they are comfortable with, especially when they have a lot of strangers staring at them. Don’t worry if they don’t comply, most your guest will find this adorable.

 3. If you get nervous look at your partner. He or she will most likely be smiling right back at you. Look at them to calm your nerves and to remind yourself that today is your day and everyone is gathered there for you guys.

 4. Practice makes perfect. Do a rehearsal, especially the transitions, like giving the bride away and handing off the bouquet.

 5. A typical order for the processional cab be found below; but anyorder or sequence you decide is OK!

 Officiant

Grandparents

The grooms parents

Mother of the Bride

Groom

Bridesmaids/Groomsmen (best man and maid of honor are last)

Ring bearer/ Flower girl

Bride and Father of the Bride (or escort)

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