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Does My Dad Have to Walk Me Down the Aisle?

Many brides are concerned about wedding etiquette and trying not to offend anybody. There are plenty of reasons to be unconventional in the way you do things. One of the most asked wedding etiquette questions is: Does my dad have to walk me down the aisle? In short: No, he does not.

There are lots of unique scenarios in which asking your dad to walk you down the aisle is not appropriate. If you find yourself in this boat, be assured that you do not have to include your dad in this intimate moment if you don’t want to. Here are a few alternatives to the traditional ‘father walking his daughter down the aisle’ thing:

Ask your mom

Just like the bride, pictured in the main image of this post. This is a lovely opportunity to honour your mom for the role she has played in your life.

Ask another family member or friend

Your grandfather, an uncle who was like a father to you, or your brother. These are just a few suggestions of men who have been like a father to you. Another wonderful opportunity to show a special man in your life how much he means to you.

Walk with your Other Half

Who says you have to meet your Other Half at the end of the aisle? You could totally arrive together and walk down the aisle hand in hand.

Go solo

You are a strong, independent woman. If you feel brave enough, walk down the aisle on your own! Sure, having someone to lean on (literally) is great, but you don’t need to if you don’t want to.

Main image credit: Paul Duane PhotographyA Hollywood Glam Wedding at Knightsbrook Hotel

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Kelly Jane Hartmann

Kelly is a former wedding planner and a lover of anything pink. She believes that any bride can plan her own wedding, with a few tips and helpful tools.

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