Friday, October 16, 2009

Friday Q & A: What is the typical processional?

Question: What is the normal way of doing a processional? Are the couples supposed to walk in together, or do the bridesmaids walk in separately?

Answer: As anyone who reads my blog knows, I'm not a fan of couples being told how to do things. There is no right way, as far as I'm concerned. But, there are several options.

  • The attendants can walk in as pairs.
  • The groomsmen can walk in with the groom (often from a side entrance) and stand up front at the beginning of the ceremony. In this scenario, the bridesmaids walk individually.
  • The bride may be escorted by a parent, both parents, siblings - or no one at all.
  • I've also had some couples opt for walking in together.
  • In very small weddings, some couples opt to have everyone gather together in circle, and do away with the processional altogether!
Bottom line - it's up to you. Do what works for you - and what makes you comfortable. Just don't worry about being different - it's YOUR wedding. You can even dance down the aisle if you want! But, that wouldn't be all that different, would it?