Philippine Church Wedding
Places, Processional and Recessional
or right? Who marches first? Here are some guides on church
ceremony places and processional and recessional order.
the altar, the bride stays at the left side of the church
while the groom is on the right. This comes from a belief
that in the olden times, the bride has to stay at the groom's
left side to enable him to draw his sword on his right side
and thwart jealous suitors trying to steal his beloved.
female entourage members are seated behind the bride or in
the left side of the church as the male entourage members
stay at the right side.
bride's family and friends ideally are seated at the left
side of the church with the groom's kin on the right side.
the Philippines, the entourage traditionally enter in this
with his parents
with her parents (The bride stays at the left of her father.)
order could vary, the groom and his parents may not march
and wait instead at the altar. Nowadays, the parents of the
bride wait for her halfway down the aisle as she makes her
solo entrance up to the center and then they march altogether.
After the ceremony, the procession is reversed:
and groom (The bride is at the groom's right side.)
girls, ring bearer, coin bearer and bible bearer (optional)
of Honor and Best Man