In fact, once dad and his lass would arrive at the end of the church, they would be greeted by the minister and her future husband and be asked something along the lines of “Who gives this woman away to marry this man?”
For the record, in the hundreds of marriages I have officiated as a Sydney celebrant over the years, I have NEVER asked this of any parent. What I have asked for is a blessing – often from both sets of parents.
Fast forward into this century, and we are starting to see many alternatives.
- Mum and Dad both walk the bride down the aisle
In the spirit of equality and in honour of the fact that the bride developed in her mother’s womb, this is becoming a popular choice.
- Mum walks her daughter down the aisle
Up until recently, mum would only walk her daughter down the aisle in the absence of the bride’s father
- Bride’s children walk her down the aisle
This is one of my favorites irrespective of whether the bride has been married or not. It’s a beautiful way to include children in the ceremony as well.
- Bride walks down the aisle by herself
This tends to be a popular choice for the bride that has already been living out of home for many years or the bride that doesn’t have a close relationship to her parents.
- Bride’s siblings walk her down the aisle
On a few occasions, this has happened when mum and dad have been unable to attend the wedding or when the bride is not so close to her family.
- Bride and groom walk down the aisle together
This is a choice that is becoming more and more popular. In a time when most couples are already living together before they get hitched, for many, it makes sense to make a grand entrance together. On occasion, they have even boogied down the aisle together.
- Bride walks down the aisle with both her dad and stepdad
That awkward moment when you need to decide between 2 men that have both played a key role in your life becomes non-existent when you ask them both to accompany you.
- There is no aisle
This tends to happen when both the bride and the groom prefer to have little fuss made and prefer a more relaxed start to proceedings.