Wedding Ceremony Q&As

Answers to who walks when, who stands where, and other ways to make sure your ceremony is perfect.

Q: Which attendants walk down the church aisle first - the bridesmaids or the maid of honor and matron of honor? Also, where do the ring bearer and flower girl fit in, and do they need to walk together? 

A: In a Christian procession, the order of attendants is as follows: From the back of the church, your ushers proceed down the aisle first and in pairs. If there is an extra groomsman, he can lead the procession alone. Next, your bridesmaids walk down the aisle (starting several pews behind the groomsmen). If you have fewer than five bridesmaids, they walk single file, otherwise, in pairs. If theres a junior bridesmaid, she will be next (two junior bridesmaids walk together), followed by the maid of honor or matron of honor. If you have both a maid of honor and a matron of honor, they can walk together or separately. Behind them is the ring bearer, followed by the flower girl. You can also opt to have your child attendants walk together. Last but not least, of course, is you and your father or other escort.

Believe me, it sounds a lot more complicated than it is. Also, it should ease your mind to know that during the rehearsal your officiant will tell your wedding party the proper order for both the procession and recession, and instruct everyone as to where they should stand or sit.

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