The Traditional Wedding Recessional

When the wedding ceremony is over, it’s time for the recession that marks the exit of the bride, groom and the bridal party down the aisle. However, a recession is not only a Tradition – it also ensures that everyone, including guests, can leave this part of the wedding in an orderly and not gratuitous way. During your rehearsal, practice the recession so that everyone knows when it’s time to leave. Although it is not as emotional as the procession, it is still part of the wedding ceremony and must be done correctly. Here’s what you need to know about two different traditional commands.

It is important to note that these are simply the traditional recession orders. If there is a setup that makes more sense for your wedding, feel free to do so! This is your wedding, and you should follow only those traditions that correspond to your day.

Welcome to the Christian ceremony

When the musicians begin the festive music of the recession, the bride and groom turn around, arms or hands connect, and walk up the aisle at a normal pace. The rest of the wedding party follows them, also in pairs, with the women on the men’s right arms. The florist and the ring bearer (if they stayed at the altar during the ceremony) come first (if there is only one or the other, he or she can walk alone), then the bridesmaid and the best man, then the bridesmaids and the groomsmen. Once the bridal party has left the venue, it’s time for the immediate families to leave, usually led by the parents of the bride and groom. After they are all gone, the guests leave.

Recession, at a Jewish Ceremony

The newlyweds lead, followed by the bride’s parents, then by the groom’s parents, grandparents, the florist and ring bearer, the bridesmaid and best man, as well as the bridesmaids and groomsmen; all are arm in arm, with the women on the men’s left arms, followed by the guests. Immediately after the ceremony, the bride and groom often take 10 or 15 minutes to complete the symbolic completion of the wedding.

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