In some weddings, the opening is directed to the bride and groom rather than the guests, and the focus of the opening is more along the lines of inspiration to the couple, for the commitment they make.
In this, groom may either enter alone, escort his mother to her seat, or escort both mothers to their seats, before taking his place.
____________ and ___________ have chosen you, those special and important to them, to witness and celebrate the beginning of their life together.
Today, as they join in marriage, they also create a new bond and new sense of family - one that will undoubtedly include all who are present here today." "We are here today to join _________ and __________ in a life of mutual commitment.
The groomsmen and bridesmaids usually walk down the aisle in pairs, Bridesmaid on the left, either starting with the two who will stand farthest from the bride and groom, and ending with the maid of honor/best man, or starting with best man and maid of honor, working outwards.
A way to remember that bridesmaids are on the left and groomsmen on the right is to think about the origin: The escort must have right hand free, to draw his sword and defend her honor.