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February 14, 2011

Word of the Week: Processional

Filed under: Word of the Week — by Ribbon Box Events, LLC @ 9:30 am
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Okay, by now you’ve all seen it!

Today, we’re jumping in and reviewing the Wedding Processional!

Processional

Noun

Officially:

1. moving in an orderly or regular succession, sequence, or the like

2. a book containing hyms, litanies, etc, for use in religious processions

Wedding Wise:
The part of the ceremony that notes the beginning of the ceremony, where the wedding party takes their places before the opening prayers, and rite of marriage.
Usually, all attendants in the wedding party participate in the processional, thought the exact order and length of the lineup tends to vary depending on the type of ceremony (secular, non-denominational, non-traditional).  Typically, the grandparents are seated, and the mother of the bride and mother of the groom are then seated.
The officiant, groom, and best man usually enter from the side, or front and take their places.
Some brides and grooms opt to have their groomsmen escort the bridesmaids down the aisle in pairs…
While others have the groomsmen enter with the officiant, groom and best man…
leaving the bridesmaids to process single file…

Photo from The Knot

The maid of honor is the last bridesmaid to walk down the aisle…

Photo by Image Photographics

The ring bearer and flower girl are next down the aisle. Traditionally the ring bearer would walk first, followed by the flower girl (honestly though, if they are more comfortable walking together, why not?! Alone or together, they are adorable!)

Photo by Drouin Photography

The bride is the last person to walk down the aisle.
She may be escorted by her father…

Photo by Dave Kauffman

By both of her parents…

Photo by Timmester Photograph7

Or  brother(s)…

Photo by Dennis Drenner Photographs

Or she walks alone…

Photo by Aim2Please

No matter the ceremony, the bride traditionally stands on the left, and the groom on the right. This custom dates back to medieval times when the groom might need to defend his bride in the middle of the ceremony, and wanted to leave his right hand (his sword hand) free! Although most grooms no longer carry a sword, nor expect to defend their bride mid-ceremony, the tradition of brides standing on the left has carried on!

Tiffany

1 Comment »

  1. I think bride (and corresponding family) on the left or right is different in a synagogue versus a church.

    Comment by Paula — February 16, 2011 @ 8:26 am |Reply


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