At the church, the bride’s family should traditionally sit on the left and the groom’s on the right. There will be plenty of time for mingling later, so it is better to stick to the rules at this juncture. If you have someone in your family who can arrange this, it will be one less headache for you.
The groom and best man should arrive thirty minutes before the service (this will give them time to work out an emergency plan for any forgotten rings or last-minute contingencies.) Once everyone is seated the bride’s party will arrive.
The bride does not have to rush today (this does not mean that the bride comes after every one has fallen asleep waiting for her). When the bride’s car arrives at the church, the bride’s mother is shown to the front pew while the bridesmaids will do last-minute dress fluffs and tweaks.
The bride and her father (he gets to shine in a moment of glory) will then slowly glide up the aisle, with the bride on the right side of honor as the father prepares to give his little girl away. If your father is not giving you away you can turn to a guardian or other family member such as mother, uncle, brother or friend. However independent the bride may be, she cannot walk up the aisle alone – it’s best to have someone to lean on for the walk towards the journey of married life.
Top songs for the ultimate aisle glide
5. Verdi’s Grand march from Aida
4. Handel’s ‘Arrival of the Queen of Sheba’
3. Abba’s ‘I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do’
2. Van Morrison’s ‘Have I told You Lately’
And, of course, in at number one –
Wagner’s ‘Bridal March’ (`here comes the bride’)
But what about considering Mozart’s `Wedding March’ from The Marriage of Figaro. Pachelbel’s Canon in D? Or go for the more contemporary – this is a modern-day match after all – such as Norah Jones’ `Come Away with Me’. Etta James’ `At Last’, Nat King Cole’s `Unforgettable’. Do you have a song you love that is suitable to share here? Or is that to be saved for the first dance later? Remember, no matter which song you select or who walks with the bride to the aisle, do it as if there is no one else in the room but you and your partner.