Questions for Stacy: Wedding Processional Protocol


I am in the process of putting together the processional for my upcoming wedding, however I’m not exactly sure about the order.  Can you please explain how the processional order is traditionally organized?


Keep in mind each couple decides to include various people within their wedding party.  Some of our couples have a small wedding party of two, whereas other couples elect to include 12 bridesmaids and groomsmen on each side!  Ultimately it’s up to you as to how many you want to include.  We found the following images on Martha Stewart Weddings, which we think are a helpful guideline when explaining the processional to our brides and grooms.  Please note the differences between Christian/Catholic and Jewish processionals.  We understand that putting together your processional can be a daunting task, however in the end it makes for a smooth rehearsal ceremony because everyone knows exactly where they need to be.  Good luck!

Processional at a Christian/Catholic Ceremony


Credit: Martha Stewart Weddings



1. Bride’s Father
2. Bride
3. Flower Girl
4. Ring Bearer
5. Maid of Honor
6. Bridesmaids
7. Ushers
8. Officiant
9. Groom
10. Best Man








Processional at a Jewish Ceremony

Credit: Martha Stewart Weddings

Credit: Martha Stewart Weddings




1. Bride
2. Bride’s Father
3. Bride’s Mother
4. Flower Girl
5. Ring Bearer
6. Bridesmaids
7. Groom’s Father
8. Groom’s Mother
9. Groom
10. Best Man
11. Ushers
12. Bride’s/Groom’s Grandfather
13. Bride’s/Groom’s Grandmother


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