Processional Order | Who comes down the aisle first

Planning a wedding is stressful (Surprise!) and a lot of that stress comes from the smallest details. One detail question we get asked by almost every couple is “what order does our family walk down the aisle"? Chances are you have no idea if you have never planned a wedding. Your processional order is one of the many things that our wedding coordinators will help you hash out at your final meeting with us but if you are ahead of the game and are wanting all of the details, we can help you right now!

 Photo by Brooke Miller Photography

Photo by Brooke Miller Photography

The short answer is….whatever order you want them to walk in! We fully believe that your day should be created and shaped by you but if you and your future spouse want to keep your ceremony traditional (or have a super traditional grandparents you want to keep happy) we can help with that too!

 Photo by Brooke Miller Photography

Photo by Brooke Miller Photography

 

Traditionally the processional goes like this:

1. Officiant and Groom

2. Groom's Grandprents

3. Bride's Grandparents

4. Groom's parents

5. Bride's mother

6. Groomsmen

7. Bridesmaids

    (Or Groomsmen and Bridesmaids can walk in pairs)

8. Ring bearer - Flower girl 

9. Bride and her escort 

 Photo by Brooke Miller Photography

Photo by Brooke Miller Photography

 

It's as simple as that! Grandmothers and mothers are typically escorted to their seats by either an usher or by a groomsmen and fathers or grandfathers can follow behind. For the recessional (after the ceremony) you just flip the order. Just make sure all groomsmen know to come back if they are assigned to escort someone out! Sometimes things can get tricky if there are step-parents involved or parents missing, but your PSB wedding coordinator will be sure to help you come up with a plan that makes sense and keeps everyone happy.