How To Line-up Your Bridal Party and Where Guests Should Sit

These are Traditional Ways of Doing Things - Today's Engaged Couples Can Do It Their Way

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Wedding Ceremony & Reception Protocol

SEATING DURING CEREMONY

(Left Side)(Right Side)
Brides’s FamilyGroom’s Family
Honored GuestsHonored Guests
GuestsGuests
Altar

CHRISTIAN PROCESSIONAL

Clergyman

Groom and Best Man

Groomsmen

Bridesmaids

Maid of Honor

Ring bearer

Flower girl

Bride’s Father & Bride

For Recessional – order reverses with Bride & Groom leaving first.

JEWISH PROCESSIONAL

CantorRabbi
Bride’s GrandfatherBride’s Grandmother
Groom’s GrandfatherGroom’s Grandmother
Usher
Groomsmen
Best Man
Groom’s FatherGroomGroom’s Mother
Bridesmaidas
Maid of Honor
Bride’s FatherBrideBride’s Mother

RECEIVING LINE (OPTIONAL*)

Bride’s MotherBride’s FatherGroom’s MotherGroom’s FatherBrideGroomMaid of HonorBest ManAttendants

*Keep in mind that many of today’s brides are eliminating the receiving line. If you are expecting a large number of guests, receiving lines can take up to an hour to go through and this becomes very tiring on everyone. You can also simplify the receiving line to include only the mothers of the bride and groom, the bride and groom, the maid of honor and bridesmaids. Let the fathers and groomsmen be roving hosts!

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