Monday, March 24, 2014

Processing and Recessing

It’s getting down to crunch time for me and Dude so we’re starting to get the little details of the wedding in order. 

Most recently, we’ve been working on music and that kind of goes hand-in-hand with the ceremony processional, recessional and reception entrance. 

My Mom mentioned early in the wedding process that she would like to escort me down the aisle with my Dad.  Considering this has been the only real request she’s made for the wedding (other than “no dancing down the aisle!”), I couldn’t really say no. 

Ok, so I knew who I was walking down the aisle with; and I figured the rest would kind of just fall into place. 

Stupid me.

I had NO idea there were so many options for processionals!!
 
Doeblerghini Bunch:  Recess Gif - This Whomps


See what I did there with the Recess gif??  Get it...Recess...recessing... har har har! 

For real, that show and Pepper Ann were my Saturday morning staples growing up... Good times!  

Alright, getting back to it, there’s the traditional Catholic Processional where the order goes:

Officiant
Groom and Best Man
Bridesmaids escorted by remaining Groomsmen
Maid/Matron of Honor
Ring Bearer
Flower Girl
Bride and Dad
Doeblerghini Bunch:  Traditional Catholic Processional

Then there’s the traditional Protestant processional – where the order is:

Mother of the Bride escorted by her son/brother/father/etc.
Mother of the Groom escorted by her son/brother/father/husband/etc.
Officiant
Groom
Best Man
Groomsmen
Bridesmaids
Ring Bearer
Flower Girl
Maid/Matron of Honor
Bride and Dad
                                                                                       
Doeblerghini Bunch:  Traditional Protestant Processional

Lastly, there’s the traditional Jewish processional with an order like this:

Officiant
Grandparents
Groomsmen
Best Man
Groom escorted by his parents
Bridesmaids
Maid/Matron of Honor
Ring Bearer
Flower Girl
Bride escorted by both parents

Doeblerghini Bunch:  Traditional Jewish Processional

And of course, since we fall in to exactly ZERO of those religions, there was no default order we could just pick. 

So I kind of went by order of elimination, asking Dude his opinion along the way.

I knew RB Nephew and FG Niece would be walking down together with their signs right before me, so that was easy to settle.

I also knew I wanted MOH Hoboken and MOH BsB to walk down right before that. 

Since one of Dude’s Best Men is also going to be our officiant – let’s call him BM Officiant – I knew he and Dude needed to enter together.

So that leaves the other Best Man, the remaining 2 groomsmen and the remaining 4 bridesmaids. 

And here’s what we came up with. 

Doeblerghini Bunch:  Our Mish Mash Processional
 

I'm pretty good with the Photoshop paintbrush, aren't I?  Like my floral arrangements at the Gazebo?

Since there’s no real side entrance where Dude and BM Officiant can sneak in, we decided to have all the groomsmen walk down the aisle together at the start of the ceremony. 

This song will be playing:
 


They’ll be followed by Dude’s parents.

William Elliott Whitmore will fade out and then this song will start for my girls to walk down the aisle to:
 

 
First comes our two Junior Bridesmaids – BM Niece and BM Sweetheart.  ight behind them will be BM NYC, followed by BM Momma.  MOH BsB and MOH Hoboken will bring up the tail end of the bridesmaids.

The adorable RB Nephew and FG Niece will follow them, with hopefully no meltdowns; and then, of course, pause for effect and the music will change to…
 

 
And finally, me, my Mom, and Dad will enter together.

Blah, blah, blah, ceremony will proceed and we’ll recess in the opposite order to this song.
 


Or this one, we haven’t decided yet!


 
Well…almost the opposite order - I’ll obviously be escorted by Dude, and the bridesmaids will be escorted by their groomsmen. 

BM Niece and BM Sweetheart will escort each other, since it would be kind of weird for an adult stranger to escort my under-age niece bridesmaids...

My heart is literally pounding out of my chest imagining that moment of walking down the aisle – I hope I don’t fall, I hope I don’t ugly cry, I hope I remember every. Single. Second.

Alright, your turn before I have a panic attack - anyone else out there mish-mashing the traditional processional orders to create their own special one?  Which recessional song do you like better?

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