Processional Order of the Bridal Party at the Wedding Ceremony

The groom and his best man wait inside the church for the arrival of the bride and her “entourage”.

This entourage generally arrives in elegant cars or in horse-drawn coaches, specially hired for the occasion. The bride’s entourage normally consists of the bride, the bride’s father and all the various bridesmaids, maids of honor, flower girls and page boys that are intended to attend her.

The following is a typical processional order:

  1. The ushers and/or groomsmen escort the grandparents of the bride and groom to their seats.  

  2. The ushers and/or groomsmen escort the mother of the groom and mother of the bride to their seats.  

  3. The bridesmaids enter, escorted by the groomsmen.  

  4. The maid or matron of honor enters, either by herself or escorted by the best man.  

  5. The ringbearer enters.  

  6. The flower girl enters. (In some ceremonies, the ringbearer will accompany the flower girl.)

The bride then proceeds down the aisle, escorted by her father, to the accompaniment of music, and the ceremony starts.