Is the order you and your wedding party walk down the aisle important?
It depends on how traditional you are and your religion.
The US Traditional is:
- Groom and best man
- Attendants (either single file or paired up. Most church weddings the groom’s attendants come out and
stand at the alter. They don’t formally walk down the aisle)
- Maid of honor
- Ring bearer and flower girl (either single file or paired)
- Then the bride (and her escort)
For same-sex marriage, you would follow the same pattern. But no matter what, you can change it up and do
whatever feels right. Most people do like it to have some sort of logical order though.
I actually had a wedding where the parents gave the couple to each other at the beginning of the aisle and
the couple walked down followed by their close friends and family.
Sometimes both the bride and groom walk down the aisle with one or both parents. Some people have the
mother of the bride walk down after the groom with another member of the family and then the
grandparents. My favorite wedding was one that the grandmothers were the flower girls. They had matching dresses and it
was just amazing! These are my life goals!
The Bottom Line
Again, in some religions, there is a specific order and there are no attendants. So if you are wanting to keep to
your religious traditions, make sure you ask your Priest, Rabbi, Minister, or other people of the cloth. In the end,
there really is no correct way. It’s your wedding and you can do what you want!
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