How Should I Line Up Bridesmaids and Groomsmen at the Wedding Ceremony?

Etiquette

Figuring our your wedding party lineup for your wedding ceremony can be tricky—arranging everyone by height makes sense and looks really good in photos, but is that the best solution? Our wedding etiquette experts are here to answer your wedding party questions in our daily post.

How should I line up the bridesmaids and groomsmen at the ceremony? By height? By importance in your life (yikes!)?

This is one of those tricky questions where there's really no right answer. But we have several solid suggestions, so choose the option that makes the most sense for your wedding party. Here are a few ideas:
By height. If it matters to you aesthetically, then lining everyone in order of height will look the most visually pleasing in photos.
By order of importance. This option also makes a lot of sense. You can start with your maid or matron of honor (perhaps your sister) right beside you, followed by your best friend, then your cousin, then your other two close friends, etc. But keep in mind there's a slight possibility that someone may feel a little hurt if they're asked to stand at the outermost end of the line.
By alphabetical order. Very diplomatic.
By how long you have known the bride/groom, regardless of how close you are.
By age.

Have any of you given this subject some thought? What did you decide to do? Let us know!

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