Posted by admin on July 7, 2012
A wedding is a ceremony and most ceremonies follow conventional tradition and customs, most especially with Filipinos who love following traditions in intimate occasions such as weddings. Since Filipinos are most Catholics, they follow a certain way of doing the wedding processional; the sad thing is most Filipinos do not even know how a real processional should go.
A traditional Catholic wedding processional starts with the priest, best man and groom entering through the side doors of the church, steps on the center of the altar and faces the audience/guests. Then the groomsmen and bridesmaids walk down in pairs. The pair who will stand farthest from the center shall be the pair to walk the aisle first. At the end of the pairs, the maid of honor shall walk solo towards the altar, beside the spot where the bride is supposed to stand. Following the maid of honor is the ring bearer and the coin bearer (if both are present) then the flower girl who shall be dropping petals in preparation of the coming of the bride. After which, everyone shall be asked to stand to honor the bride who shall be escorted by the father (or mother if the father is unavailable, or any other make figure close to the bride). Traditionally, the father stands on the left side as he brings the bride towards the altar to finally give the bride’s hand to the groom. Then the father seats next to the mother who is already seated on the front row.
Although this processional is the traditional one, most couples like to experiment and choreograph their own style. But sticking with the last part where the bride walks down the aisle last towards her waiting groom on the altar.
The groom also commonly stands on the left side of the bride. Such tradition is rooted from the medieval times where the groom usually had to prepare to defend his bride. He stands on the left to make room for his right hand to pull out his sword when the circumstances ask for it. Although grooms today do not carry a sword anymore (although some like to), the traditional still is practiced as it is today.