Walking down the aisle is a transformational moment for the bride as she strides toward the groom to start a new life. The procession is an order of walking to the altar or the officiant. Though it mostly applies to the Judeo-Christian traditions, it is not limited to them. Whether you know the drill or not, it’s also helpful to be absolutely sure to avoid last-minute adjustments or snarky comments from others. Read on to know the order of the procession.
Procession at Christian Weddings
At Christian weddings, the minister walks first to the altar. The groom and best man enter next. The bridesmaids and ushers march in next. The Maid of Honor is followed by the ring bearer and flower girls. The bride and her father walk in next and the father hands his daughter to the groom. The bride stands to the groom’s left. They both face the presiding minister. The best man, the ring bearer, and ushers take the spot to the groom’s right. The Maid of Honor, the bridesmaids, and flower girls stand to the left side of the bride.
Procession at Jewish Weddings
Jewish weddings are performed under the chuppah, a canopy made for the bride and groom. The Rabbi and cantor occupy the altar. Grandparents of the bride and groom walk in followed by ushers. The Best Man walks in next followed by the groom with his parents. Bridesmaids are followed by the Maid of Honor. Ring bearer and flower girls ensue. Ultimately, the bride walks in with her parents.
Military weddings can either be civil or religious ceremonies. Though the processional is the same as the religious ceremony, their recessional is marked with the majestic arc of drawn swords. More than following the strict order of the wedding processional, it’s important to have fun and enjoy the most memorable walk of your life.