Introduction of Couple and Recessional


After the signing the minister will stand up from the table. This will signal the musician to finish off the current piece of music. When the music ends the introduction will be made. There are various ways to present the couple after the signing and prior to the Recessional. For example: “It gives me great pleasure to introduce to you….

* Mr. And Mrs. John Smith
* John and Karen Smith
* Our newly wed couple – John Smith and Karen Jones
* etc….
Following the introduction experiences shows that there is normally applause. Then the musician will begin the wedding recessional. The couple, with the groom to the left of the bride, followed by the best man and the maid or matron of honour will recede down the aisle. The rest of the wedding party will fall in behind them – then the immediate family normally exits after them. The recessional is not as “slow” or “stately” as the processional, however the couple and all members of the wedding party are encouraged to pause at the top of aisle for a second or two before continuing down the aisle and out.

by Rev. Richard J. Fairchild & Rev. Brett Blair

This article may not be written by an Apostolic author, but it contains many excellent principles and concepts that can be adapted to most churches. As the old saying goes, “Eat the meat. Throw away the bones.”