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A Bride’s Guide To The Wedding Ceremony Order

The ceremony portion of your wedding day is what the whole thing is actually about.

And There always seems a ton of questions surrounding wedding ceremonies.

What’s the order of the actual ceremony?

How do people walk in?

Do grandparents get escorted in?

But here’s the thing that most people forget…your wedding won’t be like everyone else’s. Yes, there are traditional ways to do it which we’ll jump into in a minute but it’ll still be unique to you.

The order will also vary depending on your religion.

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Wedding Ceremony Processional

First off can I say that I can’t stand the word processional? Its a big word that you’ll rarely use in life.

Just being honest.

So what exactly is a wedding processional?

It’s the order that everyone walks into your wedding during the ceremony.

Traditionally the order is as follows:

  • Grandparents
  • Parents
  • Officiant
  • Groom
  • Wedding party (you can have them walk in together or groomsmen first then bridesmaids)
  • Ring bearer & flower girl
  • Bride (generally escorted by her father)

However, you can change it up to fit your circumstances. If you don’t want grandparents or parents to walk down the aisle then they can be seated before the ceremony begins.

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Wedding Ceremony Order

Before planning your wedding ceremony it’s important to talk to your officiant first.

Many officiants have their own way of doing a wedding ceremony including scripture readings, remarks, & ring exchanges.

Opening Remarks

The opening remarks are simply the way your officiant welcomes your guests to the ceremony.

Address & Readings

Officiant’s address is basically just the part of the ceremony where your officiant talks about the importance of marriage.

This is also the time for you to have am readings like poems or scriptures read.

Exchange Of Vows

This is moment you’ve been waiting for. The exchange of vows. You can use traditional cows or you can write your own.

Ring Exchange

Now it’s time to exchange your wedding rings.

Wedding Pronouncement

The wedding pronouncement (again with the big words) is the part of the ceremony where the officiant announces the married couple. Then you have the big kiss.


If you intend to do a unity candle, unity sand, or a unity cross, then this is the part of the ceremony when you would do it.

Closing Remarks

Closing remarks are just that. You’re officiant will wrap things up with a few last words or a blessing.

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Wedding Ceremony Recessional

Just like with the processional portion above, the recessional is the order of how everyone walks out.

The order for this pretty much stays the same.

  • Bride & groom
  • Flowergirl/ring bearer (unless they are already seated)
  • Maid of honor/best man
  • Bridesmaid/groomsmen (continued until all bridesmaids & groomsmen have exited)
  • Officiant
  • Parents
  • Grandparents

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Everything that a bride should know about wedding ceremonies