Who Walks The Bride Down The Aisle
Blended families are a normal part of life these days, but when it comes to deciding who walks the bride down the aisle—father or step-father—it can be anything but a "normal" decision. However, there are some guidelines to follow to help make the decision.
Guideline for Walking Bride Down Aisle:
The first thing to keep in mind is that walking the bride down the aisle or "giving the bride away" is a place of honor.
- Keeping that in mind, if a bride’s biological father has passed away and she is close to her step-father, she may have him walk her down the aisle.
- If her father is alive and she has a healthy relationship with him, she should give him the privilege of giving her away.
- In cases where there is a poor relationship with her biological father, the choice is really up to the bride to determine who to ask to walk her down the aisle. While it may be a touchy decision, the bride must do what she believes is appropriate in that situation and ask herself: who deserves that place of honor?
- It is always appropriate to give honor to the parents who raised you—whether biological or step.
Even if the bride’s relationship with her father or step-father is strained, she can still give him a place of honor at the reception, by having the wedding band include a special father-daughter dance. By handling these decisions with grace and appreciation for each man, the bride can diffuse any hurt feelings and include both in her most special day.