We all know that the groom is the first to walk down the aisle – after all he has to be there with his bestman long before the bride arrives for the ceremony (interesting how you never hear about a groom arriving late) but discussions at work this week were all about why some brides choose to be the last one to walk down the aisle.
Traditionally the bridesmaids have always walked behind the bride, their job being to ensure that her train is straight and that her veil doesn’t catch on anything along the aisle. It was also their role to keep an eye on any smaller children in the wedding party. Not easy for them to carry out their role if they are already at the altar before the bride has made her entrance.
If you plan on wearing a dress with a flowing train and long veil you might like to take a tip from the Duchess of Cambridge who at her royal wedding last year followed tradition by walking ahead of her bridesmaid and flower girls. By walking behind Kate, her bridesmaid sister Pippa was able to straighten Kate’s train and ensure her gown flowed freely. We liked the fact too, that Pippa didn’t have a bouquet and held the hands of the two small attendants as she guided them up the aisle. By having her hands free she was able to straighten trains, arrange headdresses, etc with ease.
In the end we decided that the main reason many brides want to enter last is to create an air of anticipation. I guess if we were truthful about it, the bride is (sorry guys) the main attraction of the day and the one we most want to see so being the last one to enter would keep us guessing and add to the suspense.
Are you entering after your attendants? We’d love to hear your viewpoint on this topic.