How to Line Up Your Wedding Party

April 20, 2023

Tips and tricks for lining up your wedding party that I’ve learned in my years of experience as a wedding planner!

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ve probably heard me talk a lot about how there are so many little details that go into planning a wedding – one of them being how to line up your wedding party. 

This can seem like a daunting task, but I’ve made a list of everything that I’ve learned in my years of experience as a wedding planner so you can make sure everyone is in the right place at the right time!

Let’s get into my tips and tricks for how to line up your wedding party!

Choose your bridal party carefully

Your bridal party should be made up of your closest friends and family members who are willing and able to support you throughout the planning process and on your wedding day. Consider the size of your wedding and your budget when deciding how many people to include.

How many people should you include?

A wedding party consisting of 3 people on each side or less is considered small, while a count on each side of 4-6 would be considered “medium” sized. Anything over 7 is large! I recommend keeping your wedding party at or under 8 people on each side so that it doesn’t get too out of hand. If you have more people you’d like to include in some capacity, make the girls “personal attendants” and the guys ushers or “hosts.” That way they can all hang out in the morning while you’re getting ready, but your ceremony space doesn’t get too crowded at the altar.

Consider the roles of each member

Each member of your wedding party should have a specific role or responsibility. The maid of honor and best man are typically the most important members of the wedding party. They are responsible for helping you plan and execute your wedding. Other roles may include bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls, and ring bearers.

Communicate with your wedding party

Make sure everyone knows their role and what is expected of them. Be clear about timelines, dress codes, and any other important details. You may want to create a wedding party group chat or email chain to keep everyone in the loop.

Decide on a processional order

The processional is the order in which the wedding party walks down the aisle. The traditional order is as follows: officiant, groom and best man, bridesmaids and groomsmen (paired up), maid of honor, flower girl and ring bearer, and the bride and her father. However, you can customize the order to fit your personal preferences!

Practice, practice, practice

Make sure everyone knows where they are supposed to be and when. Schedule a rehearsal before the wedding day to go over the processional, recessional, and any other important details.

Remember, your wedding day is all about celebrating your love with your partner! Don’t stress too much about the details. As long as you have a supportive bridal party by your side, everything will fall into place. 

If you’re still stressin’ about your wedding party, get your own Rehearsal Cheat Sheet freebie here! Everything will fall into place, I promise! 🤍

Happy planning!

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