Have a small meal before leaving for the church. Stay Calm...if you run
behind schedule-take a deep breath and remember that the ceremony will wait for
you!!! Your family and friends want to see you shine-not be frazzled because you
are running late-so relax -looking, feeling and radiating your happiness is what
2 hours till "I Do"... Groom, bestman and groomsmen get together to
45 minutes... ushers arrive at the wedding site, pick up boutonnieres
and programs, go over seating plans, wait at the entrance to the church for the
guests to arrive.
30 minutes... organ or some type of music begins, mother and
attendants leave for the wedding site, ushers seating guests.
20 minutes... groom and best man arrive, father (or brides escort) and
bride leave for the ceremony site.
10 minutes... bridal party and parents wait in the back of church
while other relatives are seated.
5 minutes... mother of the groom is escorted to her seat (unless a
Jewish ceremony) with grooms father walking right behind the usher, then taking
his seat beside his wife...mother of the groom in the pew first with the father
sitting on the aisle, bride and father arrive at ceremony site, mother of the
bride is escorted down the aisle.
* 1 minute... if there is an aisle runner, two ushers walk in
step to the front of the church and unroll the runner and walk in step to the
back of the church, unrolling runner as they go... they then take their place in
the procession. And now the moment you have waited for......the minister, priest
or rabbi takes his/her place along with the groom and best man. (In Christian
tradition, the groom and best man enter from chancel door and stand facing the
congregation-at an angle-the groom standing nearest the minister, the best man
one step behind the groom. In Jewish tradition, the groom and best man are part
of the wedding procession. As the ceremony begins, the guests will rise to watch
the bride make her entrance.