While it is true that wedding etiquette is a lot more relaxed than it used to be, some rules have stuck with us even today, and following them might help ensure the wedding day you have been dreaming of runs smoothly and according to plan.

For instance, do you know who walks when and what the order of your wedding processional should be? If you don?t, don?t worry, you are not alone and we have put together a guide that will help you navigate through this important aspect of your wedding planning process!

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– The traditional wedding processional starts with the grandparents, moves on to parents, then the groom and the officiant, followed by the bridesmaids and groomsmen. The bridesmaids usually walk down the aisle chaperoned by groomsmen, with each bridesmaid to the left of each groomsman. If you have an uneven wedding party, which is totally possible and not a problem, one of the bridesmaids can walk down the aisle surrounded by two groomsmen?or the other way around, depending on the situation.

– There?s no actual rule as to what order the bridesmaids and groomsmen should take. One of the most common ways to arrange them, however, is by height. This will help you avoid hurting anyone?s feelings and it will also look aesthetically pleasing when the photographer takes shots of the ceremony.

– Another way to assemble the bridesmaids and groomsmen at the altar ?and consequently, their order of entrance ? is according to the relationship you have with them. This way, the Maid of Honor and the Best Man would be the first ones to walk down the aisle, and the bridesmaids and groomsmen that follow may be in the order of importance of their relationship to you.

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It?s important to remember that the decision is yours to make as the bride and groom and that your wedding party will be supportive either way! Whether you follow the route of tradition or decide on a more modern approach, we at The Estate know that your wedding day will be a joyous and beautiful celebration no matter what!