Giving away the bride is a moment during the wedding where the bride’s father walks her down the aisle and gives her hands to the groom. This is an old-fashion tradition, these days both parents are walking their daughter down the aisle or the bride even walks herself. Couples carefully think about how they want to execute this tradition. For many couples, this signifies a joining of two families. For others, it’s a bridge between an old and new life.

Giving Away The Bride

Who should give the bride away?

In traditional wedding ceremonies, father of the bride should give her. In modern wedding ceremonies, anybody can give away the bride. The most important thing is that this person is someone whom the bride and groom trust and feel comfortable with.

Can only one person give the bride away?

Not at all. More that one person can give the bride away. Some brides choose both their parents to walk them down the aisle. Others have their close family members next to them. In some ceremonies, bride and groom walk down the aisle with all of their guests.

When should this take place?

This is performed during the processional, at the beginning of the wedding ceremony.

Must I participate in this tradition?

Only if you want to. There are a lot of alternatives to this tradition. These days, there are no strict wedding rules, the couples can make their own decisions instead of following old traditions.

What are the alternatives?

If giving away the bride is too old-fashioned for you, there are several alternatives:

  • Skip this tradition altogether.
  • Walk down the aisle alone or with the groom.
  • Have the groom walk down the aisle towards you.
  • Some couples choose to meet in the middle of the aisle.

What are your thoughts on giving away the bride?

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