It’s hard to pick just one favorite part of a wedding ceremony—aside from the kiss, the moment we love most is the bride’s grand entrance and walk down the aisle. But before she takes her first step, there are some pretty important people to kick off the ceremony processional.

Down the Aisle: Wedding Processional 101

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So, who goes first? Our friends at BRIDES magazine shared their “Ultimate Guide to the Wedding Processional Order” and we just had to pass it along to you. Peek inside their guide…

The Bride’s Mother: The mother of the bride’s entrance signals that the processional is about to begin. Once she reaches the end of the aisle, she takes her seat to the left of the aisle in the first row. (In Jewish ceremonies, she and the bride’s father escort their daughter down the aisle together.)

The Groom: After the mother of the bride takes her seat, the groom will traditionally take his place at the head of the altar (coming in from the side of the venue). However, many couples these days choose to have the groom’s parents escort him down the aisle (then, his parents would sit to the right of the aisle in the front row).

Down the Aisle: Wedding Processional 101

{Photo by Munoz Photography}

The Best Man: The best man either walks in from the side and takes his place at the altar next to the groom, or he can walk in as the last groomsman. He may also hold the bride’s ring (or both rings).

The Groomsmen: The groomsmen open the processional as they walk down the aisle one by one. Some couples also choose to have the groomsmen and bridesmaid walk in together arm-in-arm.

Down the Aisle: Wedding Processional 101

{Photo by Chris Joriann Photography}

The Bridesmaids: During the processional, the bridesmaids walk down the aisle before the maid or matron of honor.

The Maid or Matron of Honor: Before the ceremony, the maid (or matron) of honor assists the bride with her dress, veil, and train, making sure everything looks perfect before she walks down the aisle. She then stands by the bride’s side at the altar and holds her bouquet and sometimes the groom’s ring.

The Flower Girl(s) and Ring Bearer(s): The ring bearer and flower girl precede the bride down the aisle. Traditionally, the ring bearer carries the wedding rings (or decoys, if he’s too little to be trusted with the real things), tied to a small pillow. The flower girl may carry a basket of petals, which she scatters as she walks, or a posy of flowers. After the procession is over and the rings are handed off to the best man, the children’s work is done, and they can be seated with their parents.

Down the Aisle: Wedding Processional 101

{Photo by Alain Martinez Photography}

The Father of the Bride and the Bride: The bride’s father traditionally escorts his daughter down the aisle, standing to her right. After he “gives her away” to the groom, he lifts her veil and kisses her, signifying his blessing, then takes his seat beside the bride’s mother.

Down the Aisle: Wedding Processional 101

{Photo by Christian Oth Studio}

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17 Oct 2017

You’re engaged… Congratulations! Now it’s time to start planning.

The Breakers’ destination wedding team is often asked if we recommend hiring a planner to help coordinate your wedding. This is an important decision, so we have compiled a list with our top five reasons why hiring a wedding or event planner is a great choice.

5 Reasons to Hire a Wedding Planner
{Photo by Donna Newman Photography}

1. Skilled Pros: Planning a wedding or event can be a full time job. From researching vendors, taking care of the details, and brainstorming creative ways to make your celebration amazing, a planner will save you hours of legwork. A professional keeps you updated, makes detailed itineraries for all involved—including other vendors—and assures you that everything will happen on time and on schedule. They will flawlessly execute your event.

2. Expert Advice: Your planner channels your tastes, taking into consideration your style and personality. They make sure that your special day surpasses all expectations and work directly with us to turn your dreams into a reality. Most importantly, your planner can offer ideas and etiquette tips along the way.

3. Loyal Partners: Great planners have built outstanding relationships with vendors in all categories. In turn, these creative partners want to work with professional planners because they know the event is going to run smoothly. You are assured to get the best prices from the finest, most reliable vendors in the industry.

4. Just in Case: A planner is educated in handling situations that involve any unforeseen circumstances relating to your event day with grace and ease. Their goal is to go above and beyond, and to devise solutions to make your day perfect, no matter what it takes.

5. In the Know: A savvy wedding planner will keep up with all the latest industry trends and stay ahead of the curve. They have the ability to suggest out of the box ideas that will add personalization and a “wow” factor to your event.


Our team has had the opportunity to work with many talented wedding planners. Here is a list of The Breakers’ recommended wedding and event planners…

Wedding & Event Planners

Local

New York

Boston

West Coast

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Looking for more incredible vendors? Visit The Breakers’ Blue Book.

Say “I Do” at one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Contact us today to 
start planning your dream wedding at The Breakers!

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Newly engaged and starting your wedding plans? We know it can seem overwhelming at first, but we’re here to help!

Wedding Planning 101: Expert Advice from The Breakers

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We’d like to share four simple tips from The Breakers’ Weddings & Celebrations Team on how to approach your big day…

The Venue: A wedding becomes truly remarkable when your tastes and styles are represented in all the little details. It starts with the location and an emotional connection…

Wedding Planning 101: Expert Advice from The Breakers

{Photo by Christian Oth Studio}

With so many unique indoor and outdoor settings, our brides and grooms first select a space they love that suits them best. Explore our Event Showcase.

Wedding Planning 101: Expert Advice from The Breakers

{Photo by Alain Martinez Photography}


The Menu: The creation of a sensational menu is a wonderful way for you to share your favorite tastes and flavors with your guests.

Wedding Planning 101: Expert Advice from The Breakers

Consider including a dish you ate on your first date, the cocktail you were sipping when he proposed or even something special you cook at home together.

Wedding Planning 101: Expert Advice from The Breakers


The CakeNo celebration is complete without a fabulous wedding cake… especially when you get to custom design the inside, the outside and the in-between.

Wedding Planning 101: Expert Advice from The Breakers

{Photo by Braedon Photography}

The cake is another easy and spectacular way to personalize your event by selecting the flavor, colors and overall design of a tiered masterpiece. Meet our Cake Shop.

Wedding Planning 101: Expert Advice from The Breakers

{Photos by Chris Joriann Photography}


The Design: With décor and lighting, the design can transform the space with colors and visuals that make your guests say: “Oh, wow, this is so them.”

Wedding Planning 101: Expert Advice from The Breakers

{Photo by Christian Oth Studio}

Peek inside our Design Studio — Each and every detail throughout the wedding planning process can be personalized to showcase what is most important to the couple of honor (that’s you!).

Wedding Planning 101: Expert Advice from The Breakers

{Photo by Braedon Photography}

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  1. Alfredo Valentine Oct 10, 2017 / 04:34 pm

    These are beautiful images. I hope to one day book a wedding and become one of the top wedding photographers at the Breakers. I visit there often with my brother, who is the director/Vice President of Wally Findlay on Worth Ave. We have a deep appreciation for the arts, as well as being artists. The Breakers is an architectural Masterpiece!

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Our friends at BRIDES magazine recently shared “7 Tips Every Bride Should Know” about wedding dress alternations—and it was such great advice, we just had to pass it along to you.

Wedding Gown Alteration Tips

{Photo by Donna Newman Photography}

Here are seven key things to remember when it comes to bridal alterations…

1) Stay on schedule
BRIDES recommends buying a dress 10 months before your wedding, if possible. Keep in mind, once ordered, it could take up to five months to arrive in the salon.

2) Remember to budget for alterations
Bridal alterations can be charged per services or at some salons, are a flat fee based on what is needed to make the dress fit you perfectly. Design changes can cost anywhere from $50 to a few hundred based on the style changes you may need.

3) Be mindful of your anticipated wedding weight
As Terry Hall of Kleinfeld Bridal shared with BRIDES, “Never order a too-small dress as motivation.” It is always easier to take a larger dress in than to let a smaller one out. Instead, consider a dress with structure.

4) Wear your wedding shoes
To ensure the perfect hem, you’ll want to make sure the shoes you are wearing are the same pair, or at least the same height, as the ones you’ll wear on your wedding day.

Wedding Gown Alteration Tips

{Photo by Sarah DiCicco Photography}

5) Go for a hemline that grazes the ground
The hemline is very important to ensure you won’t trip on your dress. As Monique Lhuillier’s director of alterations, Rita Ertl, told BRIDES: “With your hem grazing the floor, you will be able to walk, dance, and mingle with your guests.”

6) Bring along the undergarments and accessories you’ll wear on the Big Day
You want to wear exactly what your will be wearing on your wedding day, including shapewear, for the best possible tailoring.

7) Bring a friend
It’s always best to have a buddy. Bring your mom or your best friend with you so you have an extra set of eyes and someone you trust to discuss any alteration decisions.

See the full list of wedding dress alteration tips and advice at brides.com

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