The Procession / Entrance
The manner or order in which members of the wedding party enter, stand, or leave may vary. There is no right or wrong answer. This should be decided prior to the wedding by the Bride and Groom during rehearsals.
Traditional order of entry is as follows:
Guests are seated
Mother of the groom is escorted and seated by usher (Right Side – front row)
Mother of the bride is escorted and seated by usher (Left Side – front row)
Groom (follows Minister/Officiant)
Best Man (follows Groom, unless escorting the Maid of Honor)
Groomsmen (follows Best Man, unless escorting Bridesmaids)
Maid of Honor (unless escorted by Best Man)
Bridesmaids (unless escorted by Groomsmen)
Bride (can be with or without an escort)
Where does everyone stand? Basically anywhere you want. However, here are the traditional positions:
Minister/Officiant – front and center, facing guests
Groom – to the Ministers/Officiant’s left, facing guests
Best Man – to the Groom’s left
Groomsmen – can be last to enter is closest to Best Man or vice versa
Maid of Honor – beside the Bride
Bridesmaids – can be last to enter is closest to the Maid of Honor or vice versa
Ring Bearer – between the Best Man and first Groomsman, or can take a seat
Flower Girl – between the Maid of Honor and the first Bridesmaid, or can take a seat
Bride – if escorted, stands facing the Minister until her escort is acknowledged, and either takes a seat or stand among the Groomsman or other chosen position.
Bride and Groom – front and center, facing the Minister or Officiant. Some however, have chosen different approaches and stand front and center facing the guests while the Minister/Officiant faces the couple.
In what order does everyone leave? Again, anyway you want. The traditional exit is Center Aisle as follows:
Bride and Groom together
Flower Girl and Ring Bearer
Maid of Honor and Best Man
Bridesmaids and Groomsmen, paired
Parents of the Bride, if single parent, mother is escorted by ushers
Parents of the Groom, if single parent, mother is escorted by ushers
Remaining Guest exist on their own or row by row by ushers.
Minister/Officiant exits, or may remain for the signing of the marriage license and photos with the Bride and Groom