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Bridal Party At Your Ceremony

"...It's often how you enter your ceremony, that will leave your guests reeling for years to come...

Your bridal party is often your inner-sanctum (close circle) of friends or family. They are the people who will make your journey down the aisle into married life enjoyable.

The Entrance of The Bridal Party

At your rehearsal, Tim (Celebrant) coordinates your bridal party so that they are in-sync with your selected music. The modern-day purpose of the entrance of the bridal party is to create a feeling of expectation, as the guests wait anxiously for the arrival (and entrance) of the bride.

The Entrance of The Bridal Party

The traditional order of entry (processional) is; flower girls (first), then maid (or matron) of honour, then bridesmaids. It is also common for brides to select senior bridesmaids (instead of a maid or matron of honour), or to simply label the female bridal party members as bridesmaids (so that there is no distinction in rank or seniority).

As the bridal party make their way down the aisle, there is a pre-determined gap left between each member. This ensures that there is an evenness to the entrance, creating a grander spectacle.

Popular Bridal Party Formations

After the bridal party has arrived at the front of the ceremony, they will take up their pre-determined positions or formation. The choice of formation is determined by a series of factors; the physical layout of the chapel or ceremonial space, the character and preferences of the bride and groom, or the graphic spectacle that is most befitting of the event.

Figure #1 - The Classic Formation

The Classic Formation

In the Classic Formation [Figure #1], the bridal party are facing the bride and groom, at a 45 degree angle. This formation is very popular among wedding couples.


Figure #2 - The Enhanced (Classic) Formation

The Enhanced (Classic) Formation

In the Enhanced (Classic) Formation [Figure #2], the bridal party are behind the celebrant, creating the impression (and feeling) of space.


Figure #3 - The Linear Formation

The Linear Formation

In the Linear formation [Figure #3], the bridal party stand in a line (side by side), facing the bride and groom.


Figure #4 - The Creative Formation

The Creative Formation

In the Creative Formation [Figure #4], the bridal party is staggered; girl then boy. This is for the more creative wedding couple, and often provides an interesting spectacle and alternative to standard bridal party formations.


Figure #5 - The Reverse Formation

The Reverse Formation

 

In the Reverse Formation [Figure #1], the bridal party stand facing the bridal party 45 degrees (in reverse to Figure #2]


Figure #6 - The Non Traditional Formation

The Non Traditional Formation

 

In the Non Traditional Formation [Figure #6], the bridal party stand facing the bridal party on completely opposite sides to what is ordinarily expected. This formation is often selected by more non traditional couples.

The Departure of the Bridal Party

At the completion of your marriage ceremony, the bridal party will join with the bride and groom in the recessional. This traditionally involves the male and female members of the bridal party linking arms, and walking down the aisle as couples.

The Departure of the Bridal Party

There is less structure to the recessional than with the processional, because of the impromptu nature of congratulatory possibilities, orchestrated by the bride and groom's eagerly awaiting guests.


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Do I have to have a Bridal Party?

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No, many couples get married without a bridal party

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Is there a limit to how many people I can have in my Bridal Party?

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No. The average wedding party has approximately 3 bridal party members each side. A large bridal party would be 5 or more each side. I have seen as many as 16 bridal party members on each side

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What shoes should my guests and bridal party wear at a beach ceremony?

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It is best to wear flat sole shoes (not heels), or no shoes at all

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What happens if members of my bridal party cannot make the Rehearsal?

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Members of a bridal party are often unable to attend, usually due to work commitments or that they simply live too far away. This is not an issue, because (after you have been to the rehearsal) you can explain the format and procedure to them prior to the wedding day

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How many people can I have in my bridal party?

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Bridal party sizes range in size from 1 (each side), to about 5 (each side). Over 5 seems to be less common in secular western weddings

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Can my bridal party be involved in the Rehearsal?

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Yes, it is important that as many people who are involved in your wedding attend the rehearsal, including bride, groom, bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls and page boys

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What is the historical relevance of the bridal party?

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Historically, the bridesmaids surrounded the bride on her wedding day in order to ward-off any evil spirits. In theory, the spirits would be tricked and go after the bridesmaids (instead of the bride)

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What do I do if I have fallen-out with one of my bridal party members?

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My best advice (if the issue cannot be resolved), is to politely let them go from the bridal party. You do not need any additional pressures on your wedding day

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How do I know where my bridal party will stand?

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When we do your rehearsal, you will be able to decide where and in what formation you want your bridal party to stand. Generally, the bridal party will stand on either side of the couple, slightly turned-in (about 45 degrees) towards the couple

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Can my bridal party sign the back of my Marriage Certificate?

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Yes, in fact anyone can sign the back of the marriage certificate, including friends, family and even pets

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What is the traditional order of bridal party entry at a ceremony?

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Where can you suggest we have our Wedding Ceremony in Berwick?

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I highly recommend you have your ceremony in the beautiful gardens at the rustic Clover Cottage. They have a superb old tree, large enough for your entire bridal party to fit underneath

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What is the Wishing Stone Ceremony?

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Where do you stand when you solemnise our marriage?

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There is no absolute position that I stand, although I prefer to stand well away from the bride and groom, generally nearer the end of the bridal party. From this vantage point, I can address the guests as well as the wedding couple. It is also the optimum position for wedding photos, beacuse there is no celebrant standing in the way when the couple are taking their vows and exchanging rings

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What should I do if I think that one of my guests may cause a scene at my ceremony?

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As a Celebrant I have had to manage a range of complex issues during marriage ceremonies. Often, the idea that a guest may make a scene, is the bride or groom projecting his or her own stresses and tensions in the lead-up to the big moment. Wayward are also generally corralled (or calmed) by your many other guests, the bridal party, the Celebrant or the function or venue staff

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