How To Plan Your Wedding Ceremony Processional

Updated: Sep 1, 2020


One of our main methodologies when working with couples on their Wedding plans is customization. This goes from the location, to signage and even down to their Wedding Ceremony plans. There are many different variations you can apply to the processional and recessional process as there is no one size fits all. Some that are based off religious traditions, some based off logistics, and some based purely off which side the Bride prefers to be photographed from. We are walking you through all of your options and how to put together the best plan for you. Putting a plan in place now will prevent any confusion and anxiety when you get to the rehearsal, and you can feel confident going into your Wedding day. 

The Terms

First of all, ​Processional and Recessional are likely terms you are not familiar with unless you happen to have been in a lot of Weddings. These are terms used to describe the entry and exit of the Bridal Party. Processional being entry and Recessional being the exit. 

Who is Involved?

​Before you think about how people will be walking in and out, think about who you want to be included in this process. “Traditionally” the below are included:

  • Officiant/Religious Leader conducting your Ceremony

  • Groom, Best Man and Groomsmen

  • Grandparents of the Groom

  • Grandparents of the Bride

  • Parents of the Groom

  • Parents of the Bride