The bride and groom recess after the pronouncement and exit the church. They make their way around the church (predetermined route) and re-enter. The wedding party and all guests exit the church and wait on the steps. The bride and groom, are now in place to exit the church again to fanfare! Return to altar for photos.
If most photos will be taken at another location
The bride and groom(and parents/grandparents) recess after the pronouncement and exit to a side room in the church. The wedding party and guests exit the church and wait on the steps. The bride, groom, parents, and grandparents do a brief (10-15 min.) return to altar. The elders exit the church and join guests for the bride and groom's sendoff. The wedding party departs for alternate location as guests depart for cocktail hour.
It is nice to arrange bottled water or lemonade for guests even during a short wait. We have also arranged strolling musicians and hankies for a New Orleans themed wedding that was followed by a parade! Additional refreshment awaited guests at the cocktail hour.
* The product hanging so beautifully in the air is Flutterfetti! Check with your venue before use (Yes, it is biodegradable).