Father of the bride? Mother? Gran? Real brides tell us about their big entrance...
Traditionally, the bride is escorted into the ceremony by the father of the bride. It’s often one of the most memorable moments of the day, as it’s the first time the groom and your guests get to see you in all your glory.
It can also be a lovely moment between father and daughter and is a great way for him to show his support for this next stage in her life.
However, today it’s not just the father of the bride who does the honours. And there are lots of reasons why modern brides might choose someone else to walk them down the aisle. These days many brides ask their mother, a sibling, a close family friend, a step-parent or even their new father-in-law, like Meghan Markle. You can also do away with the idea altogether and simply escort yourself!
So, in honour of Father’s Day and also all the other special people in our lives, we’ve asked a few of our real brides to tell us how they got ready, who escorted them down the aisle and what made it so special…
A beautiful song
“My cousin, who is my best friend, sang a song as I walked down the aisle and it was a very special moment for me" says Akshara. "She is a beautiful singer and the song meant a lot to my husband and I."
"My dad walked me down the aisle," says Jennifer. "Looking at the photos, everyone has said he looks like a father of the bride mafia boss with his shades on!"
"I got ready with my maid of honour, my sister and my mother at my house, while my husband-to-be got ready with his best man at the best man’s house," says Rebecca.
"The weather was absolutely gorgeous sunshine. I walked down the aisle with my dad to a string version of 'Perfect' by Ed Sheeran."
"Our wedding was a complete fusion," says Jade.
"We had traditional English attire, Indian food, a string quartet and Indian music in the day but then jazzed it up and changed into Indian outfits for the evening with fusion food and a wedding band. My nan walked me down the aisle, as she’s my only grandparent left, and we kept everything else fairly simple and let the venue speak for itself."
Arriving in retro style
"We travelled to the venue in VW camper vans and my dad walked me down the aisle," says Victoria.
"I started with hair and makeup at 6am, so it was a very busy day!" says Danielle.
"I got ready at my mum's house with my bridesmaids, maid of honour and flower girls. The weather was good that day, and we had a sunny morning whilst getting ready. Then my dad walked me down the aisle to the organist playing the ‘Bridal March’."
Mum's the word
"My mum walked me down the aisle, as she has been my rock and done so much for us with the wedding planning," says Stacey.
Stand by me
"My 15-year-old nephew/godson walked me down the aisle," says Rivka.
"He was so calm and he sorted out any pre-wedding nerves I felt. I walked down the aisle following my six beautiful bridesmaids and page boy to ‘Stand by Me’ by Ben.E King, which is a special song to Ali and I. Ali was waiting at the end of aisle with a big brilliant smile. I couldn't wait to reach him.The ceremony was simple but lovely. Everyone commented on how special it felt."
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