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Wedding party enters together or separate?

Are you having your guys and girls enter separately or together?
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Re: Wedding party enters together or separate?

  • Jen4948Jen4948 member
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    For most weddings they enter separately.  The groomsmen come in with the groom, and the bridesmaids precede the bride down the aisle.
  • Mine are coming in separate as PP mentioned, and they will be exiting together. They aren't couples so seems awkward for me to pair them off.
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  • There are mixed reviews all over the internet, so I wasn't sure what the norm was.
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  • JMalettasJMalettas member
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    edited May 2014
     Mine came in together. BM & MOH, then BMs & GMs together. (We had an even number on both sides, so it worked out to have them go down the aisle in twos). I think it's personal preference though. No right or wrong way to do it. :)

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  • Separate. Never, ever seen them enter together.
  • Separate. Never, ever seen them enter together.
     Dependant on certain areas, as to which is more popular, maybe? I don't see a problem either way, but I think I've only ever seen the wedding party go down the aisle together. Which is one of the reasons we had ours go down in pairs. 

     *J
  • mysticlmysticl member
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    I was at one wedding where the groomsmen met the bridesmaids about 2/3 of the way down the aisle and escorted them the rest of the way to the alter.  
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  • There is no norm, I would say.  It does seem like it's slightly more popular to do it together nowadays, and more common to do it separately a generation back.  My mom and her siblings all did it separately. Myself and my sisters are all doing it together.
  • Our pastor had hubby & the guys walk up the side and get into place and then my girls walked up by themselves. I love the photos that my photographer got of the girls walking down the isle. After the ceremony they walked out together.
  • I've only ever seen them paired off. We MAY have the best man go with the groom, and then MOH walk alone after the rest of the BM/GM pairs, but haven't totally decided yet.

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  • At a wedding I was in last summer, we entered and exited as pairs. For our wedding the bridesmaids and groomsmen will enter separately. I really think you're fine either way- if you can't choose, maybe ask your attendants what they'd prefer?
  • It doesn't really matter as long as everyone ends up where they're supposed to be. Mostly, I've seen the bridesmaids and gm enter paired. The groom and best man enter with the officiant. My daughter had the best man and MOH walk together. I've never seen it done that way before. 
                       
  • wrigleyvillewrigleyville member
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    edited May 2014
    I grew up going to a ton of Catholic weddings, and it was always set up with the groom and priest entering from the side and then the wedding party would walk up the aisle in pairs. Sometimes the BM would stand with the groom and the MOH would enter by herself, behind all of the pairs, but that was pretty rare.

    I never saw a wedding with the groomsmen waiting at the altar until I was in my early 20s. Despite this, the WP tends to exit in pairs, and I think this is where so many people get locked into the notion that the WP must have even numbers. (Well, the recessional and the head table, which often (erroneously) has just the WP and not their dates.)

    Personally, I love seeing the BMs "escorted" up and down the aisle, so even though we just had a BM and MOH, we had them walk in together. Plus, my MOH is really shy, so I figured it would be a nice way to keep her out of the spotlight, so to speak. I knew she was a little nervous about walking down the aisle by herself, with everyone watching her.
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  • A colleague of mine mentioned that at her wedding years ago, she had the GM meet the BM a the back, hand them their bouquets, and walk up together. I thought it was a really sweet idea and may do it too since our sides are even, so it would work! :)

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  • We will have the groomsmen stand up front next to FI. Girls will walk down the isle alone, followed by ring bearer & flower girl. Followed by my dad and me. 

    The GM and BM will recess in pairs after the ceremony. 
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  • emmaaaemmaaa mod
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    edited May 2014
    Our GM will enter with FI thorugh the side door at the front of the church. Each BM will walk separately. They will be paired off leaving.

  • Separate. Never, ever seen them enter together.
    Really? That's interesting b/c I have only seen them together except for one time @ my sister's wedding b/c he had 12 GM's and she had 5 BM's and they thought it would look weird... but that's such a huge BP it ended up looking like a circus show.
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  • I'm having the girls process down and the guys walk in from the side. Then, they will pair up and recess out together. 
  • I'm having the girls process down and the guys walk in from the side. Then, they will pair up and recess out together. 
    This is what we're doing- FI specifically said he wanted the guys up there with him when the girls come in
  • We will most likely have FI and BM standing at the front with the minister. The other two GM will walk in with a BM and the MOH will walk alone.
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