Posted by admin on June 24, 2012
The wedding entourage refers to the auxiliaries at the ceremony, those who precede the bride in the processional form from the church door to the altar.
They are the principal sponsors, the maid of honor, the secondary sponsors, the bridesmaids, the ushers, flower girl(s) and ring and coin bearer(s).
The maid of honor is an honorary role reserved for the bride’s sister, the groom’s sister or the bride’s best friend. Her role is to attend to the bride, particularly, arranging the train of the bride’s gown at the church’s aisle towards the altar and at the recessional.
The veil sponsors role is to drape a veil to cover the bride’s head and the groom’s shoulder. After the veil has been placed, the cord sponsors lay a cord in the form of the figure (8) eight over the shoulders of the bride and groom. Lastly, the candle sponsors, light the (2) two candles beside the bride and the groom.
It is a charming sight to view the children taking part in the solemn ritual, also all dressed up for the occasion. The tots are girls for carrying the flower, so named as flower girls and boys carrying either the ring or coin and both, so named as bearers.
There are variations on the traditional processions and they are based sometimes on church rules. If a couple prefers a variation in the processional sequence, seek approval from the church before the wedding day. Not on the day itself, to avoid confusion and arguments with the church traffic director.
Years ago, the groom does not walk down the aisle towards the altar. But times have changed that leading off in the processional is the groom, accompanied by the parents. The best man does not join the processional but stands beside the groom by the altar and steps aside when the groom takes the bride’s hand from her father’s.
Thereafter, the sequence is as follows: in single file the ring and coin bearers, the flower girls; the bridesmaids as escorted by the same number of ushers, the pairs of secondary sponsors; the pairs of principal sponsors and finally the maid of honor.
Lastly, the bride walks down the aisle accompanied by her father on the right and by her mother on the left hand. Before reaching the altar, the father kisses the bride and gives her hand to the groom who is waiting at the end of the aisle. After paying due respect to the bride’s parents, the couple will proceed to their special place before the altar.
As a general rule, the bridal entourage is normally drawn in equal numbers from the side of the bride and groom. But, decisions based on preferences and circumstances, is still the rule of the thumb in determining the numbers to be part of the wedding entourage.