Tips for Walking Down the Aisle

Deciding on the finer details of how you want to walk down the aisle and which traditions you want to stick to doesn’t have to be overwhelming or restrictive. If you’re nervous about your walk down the aisle, know that this is completely normal. The main thing to keep in mind is that this is your moment and you can do whatever feels most comfortable and joyful to you. The key is to not over think it and just go with whatever happens on the day!

Here are some tips to help you decide on the details of how you want to walk down the aisle in a way that’s all your own.

Who will be with you?

Traditionally, the bride’s father walks her down the aisle and “gives her away” but there is no rule that says you need to do it this way. You can choose anyone from your sister to your best friend to walk you towards your partner. In fact, if you want to walk down the aisle with your partner, you can do that too! I have no rules when it comes to how we all end up standing together so do what works for you.

Holding your bouquet

You want to make sure that your bouquet won’t cover your face when you walk down the aisle. The best approach is to hold it with two hands with your elbows resting on your hips. If your bouquet isn’t too heavy, you can hold it with one hand and the arm of your escort in the other. If you will need to navigate steps or uneven surfaces as you make your way down the aisle, you may also want to opt for a lighter bouquet that will allow you to keep one hand free. With this being said, there is also no need to have a bouquet at all. Some brides choose to walk down the aisle with umbrellas, fans or nothing at all.

ProTip! Before committing to a florist, ask them about how they make sure your bouquet will be in proportion to your height and size so it doesn’t over power you!

The music

The style of your wedding will dictate the type of music you will be playing. Want to walk down the aisle to a little rock n roll? Do it! Choose something upbeat and romantic to fit the theme of the day though. Not gonna lie…I’m so bored with hearing Ed Sheeran at the start of every ceremony! If you love other songs…use them! My favourites that I have heard over the years are Seasons of Love, Young and Beautiful, and the punk bride who played the wedding march on her electric guitar as she walked down the aisle!

The end of the aisle

If you will be wearing a veil, decide whether you want to lift it as you get to the end of the aisle or right before your partner kisses you. Either way, make sure you practice so you don’t all end up tangled up in your veil and hair and jewelry! Truth be told, to date I have performed 199 marriage ceremonies and not one bride has arrived with her veil over her face.

If you will be doing anything that’s seen as non-traditional, be sure to discuss it with your wedding planner and officiant so they can help you make sure it works perfectly – and if you feel you need it, book your officiant for your rehearsal so they can coach you and your loved ones through the entire process before your big day!

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