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Bride Standing on Right Side

Taylor, on April 19, 2021 at 8:19 AM Posted in Wedding Ceremony 1 7
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Hi everyone! I'm getting married next May and I've been going back and forth on which side to stand on. I know traditionally the bride stands on the left side but I absolutely hate how the I photograph on my right side. We won't be having a religious ceremony so religious traditions are not a component of this. Has anyone stood on the right side during the ceremony?

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Latest activity by Rachel, on April 19, 2021 at 9:50 PM
  • SHY
    Master January 2022
    SHY ·
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    I'm not a stickler with wedding traditions, so I think it's fine if you want to stand on the other side! If it will make you feel more comfortable and you feel like you photograph better, then why not?

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  • Hannah
    Master July 2019
    Hannah Online ·
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    You can stand on whatever side you want. In other cultures, the bride stands on the right. The origin of the groom standing on the right is so that his right hand was free to pull out the sword in case someone tried to attack and steal the bride. Not really relevant in this day and age lol 🤷‍♀️.
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  • Haylie
    Dedicated October 2021
    Haylie ·
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    My fiancé and I aren’t having the most traditional wedding, we plan on standing on opposite sides per what is “normal”. Aside from feeling more comfortable about the left side of my face being shown vs my right side, we also wanted to stand opposite the sides of our families ( like my parents would still sit on the left side and his would still sit on the right side) so that during the ceremony, my family would actually be able to see my face and vice versa, instead of just looking at our backs.
    Overall, it’s your wedding! Unless someone was having a religious ceremony, I don’t feel like the traditional route matters much, do what you and your fiancé are comfortable with and what feels right for your special day !
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  • Melody
    Expert April 2021
    Melody ·
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    I went to a wedding a few years ago where the bride and groom walked up to the officiant on the "normal" side (bride left, groom right). Then the officiant said something along the lines of, "The bride and groom would like to face those who helped them get to where they are now to recognize all the love and support they've been shown along the way." At that point, the bride and groom switched sides so the bride was on the right with the groomsmen behind her and the groom was on the left with the bridesmaids behind him. It was actually really sweet and unique. If you want to stand on the right, absolutely go for it!

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  • Mrs.a
    Master October 2021
    Mrs.a ·
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    The only thing I can think of is that traditionally boutonnières go on the left side over the groom’s heart, so by standing on the right side you will see his boutonnière, otherwise on the left boutonniere’s will be away from your guests.

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  • Maria
    Dedicated June 2020
    Maria ·
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    At my back yard wedding last June I stood on the right side!! I'm not traditional really, BUT, my left side of my face is my picture side. I HATE pictures when my right side is there. It may sound ridiculous but thats just how I am. Lol I didn't want pictures of the other side. 🤣 but even our actual vow renewal and celebration this June, I'll be on the right side again. Hehe
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  • R
    Super September 2018
    Rachel ·
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    Totally fine to pick the side you feel you look and photograph best! I will say, if you choose this please over communicate and remind your florist, your coordinator, your officiant and your wedding party! I hadn’t thought of this until the day of my rehearsal (so of course wasn’t a huge priority to me) when my day of coordinator asked. We practiced as if I’d be on the right. Day of wedding no one (and I suppose this would have been on me) mentioned it to the florist who decorated our arch as if I’d be on the left side. Not a big deal at all but just a tale of warning that if this is important to you, communicate and remind your vendors. 😁
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