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Who Walks Down the Aisle When? The Ultimate Guide to the Wedding Processional

The order of the processional (the order in which people walk down the aisle) at a wedding can vary depending on the couple's preferences and cultural or religious traditions. However, here is a general order that is commonly followed:

1. The officiant: The officiant usually enters first and takes his or her place at the altar or ceremonial location.

2. Grandparents and parents of the groom: The groom's grandparents and parents are typically the next to walk down the aisle. They are followed by siblings of the groom, if any.

3. Grandparents and parents of the bride: The bride's grandparents and parents then proceed down the aisle. Siblings of the bride, if any, follow after.

4. The groomsmen: In some weddings, the groomsmen walk down the aisle in pairs, followed by the best man. In other weddings, they may already be standing at the altar.

5. The bridesmaids: Similar to the groomsmen, the bridesmaids can walk down the aisle individually, in pairs, or alongside the groomsmen.

6. The maid of honor: The maid of honor walks down the aisle alone, after the bridesmaids.

7. The flower girl and ring bearer: If there are young children involved in the ceremony, they may walk down the aisle as a pair or individually.

8. The bride: The bride is typically escorted down the aisle by her father or a family member, and she is the last to enter the ceremony space.

It's important to note that the order can be adjusted based on the couple's vision and the structure of the ceremony. Additionally, in cases where the couple has a different gender identity than the traditional bride-groom structure, the ordering may be altered to fit their preferences.


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