After signing the register, you will return to the altar and the celebrant will now present you as a married couple to your guests. Usually, you will have a song to walk down the aisle to in an upbeat excited to be married tone. Be sure to grab your flowers for your walk and if you want to have another kiss before you go that’s totally fine too! Sometimes if you have an extra kiss, it gives your music an extra few seconds to kick in and an extra chance for your photographer to a sneaky kissing shot. Any confetti or bubbles etc. that were advised at the beginning will be reminded by me at this point. I will normally say a few words along the lines of the example below.
Family and friends, would you please be upstanding and join me in congratulating, for the first time as husband and wife… Mr/Mrs and Mr/Mrs Smith!
And then you start walking!
You will have to decide if you would like your bridal party to follow you down the aisle or would you like your first walk alone.
Usually, a bridal party will follow and if they are, please ask them to link arms for the whole 5 seconds it takes to walk down.
Think about how long you want to walk for, do you want to walk all the way to a break spot or do you want to be congratulated immediately.
It's a good idea to assign a first hugger- Mums are good for that, at times no one wants to be the first to come over and congratulate you and everyone staring at you instead (it happens).
Decide on your song for leaving down the aisle. You’ve just got married, all the hard stuff is over and it's time for the party to begin so make sure you pick a song that says so.
If you are having a confetti or similar exit, please let your me know so I can co-ordinate that at the start of the ceremony and again before the walk.
Try and stay together at least for a few shots, sometimes you get so caught up in the congratulations that lose each other as soon as you’ve been married.
Hot Tip Thursday video on how to do a "Styled Exit" well- https://www.instagram.com/tv/CTT8-2kJ5Sb/