Wedding Ceremony - Processional - When is the mother of the bride seated


Normally the Bride's mother is the last to be seated, but what happens when the Groom's mother walks him down the aisle. When is the Mother of the Bride seated?

 

Whenever you add something unusual to a wedding service, you have to
step back and look over the situation it creates to find out what would
be most logical and gracious.  That is all etiquette is for, but it only
covers traditional or common practices. 

In your case, I think there are a couple of logical options, depending
on the logistics of the groom's entrance. 

If the groom's mother will escort him into the church *before* the
processional, at the time a groom would normally take his place at the
altar, then this *could* be done before the bride's mother is seated. 
In essence, it's almost like the groom would be escorting and seating
his mother as much as vice versa, and it could be logical for them to
walk in together, hug or kiss if they choose in the altar/front pew
area, then each would take their place-- the groom at the altar, the
mother in the front pew. Then the bride's mother would be escorted in
and remain standing to signal the start of the processional. 

If the groom's mother will be escorting him as some part of the *actual
processional*, the bride's mother would be seated first to signal the
start f the processional as always. The groomsmen would probably make
their way to the altar before or with the maids, then perhaps the best
man, the groom and his mother, the maid of honor, then flower girl
and/or ring bearer, then the bride and her father.  

I think that the honor attendants (best man and maid of honor) should
immediately precede the groom and bride respectively.  Flower girl and
ring bearer usually are right with the bride, too, although I can see
having the ring bearer perhaps paired with the best man and groom
instead. 

When the mother of the groom "drops off" the groom, she would step into her pew and remain standing with the guests while the remaining
processional members pass.  

Then, if desired, since the inference of having her escort the groom is
a mirror of the father escorting the bride, perhaps parents on BOTH
sides could remain standing and join in unison for the "who gives this
man and woman"... or "who blesses and supports this man and woman"... or whatever text might be used for the father of the bride at the outset of the service. 

 

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