FAQ’s about the Ceremony

How many Ushers and Bridesmaids are needed?

It depends on the size of the wedding. Normally, there should be one usher for every 50 guests. The average wedding party for formal or semi-formal is four to six Bridesmaids and Ushers. A Bride does not need as many Bridesmaids as Ushers.

In a formal wedding, which side is usually reserved for the Bride’s family and friends?

The Bride’s parents are seated on the left side of the aisle and the groom’s parents sit on the right side.

What if a church has two center aisles?

Pick one aisle and treat the whole wedding as though it had only one, or use the right aisle for the processional and the left for the recessional.

Does the Groom always kiss the Bride at the altar?

The person performing the ceremony will rule on it, according to church practice.

Can a house wedding be just as formal as a church wedding?

Yes, but there are usually fewer attendants.

Is there usually a recessional at a home wedding?

The Groom pays, but the Best Man hands it over in a plain white envelope before or after the ceremony.

Where does the wedding party stand in the receiving line?

The receiving line is in the back of the church after the ceremony. The order may vary but, usually the Bride’s mother and father are first, followed by the Bride, Groom, and Bridesmaids. The Groom’s mother and father may be included. The Ushers and the Best Man do not stand in the receiving line.