How to Make Your Walk Down the Aisle a Little More Modern


Your walk down the aisle is so special and a moment you will forever remember, as will your spouse. Traditionally, a bride walks down the aisle with her father who gives her away. However, many brides are breaking tradition and doing things a little differently.

This photo was taken in Toronto and the bride (who is in a punk band) came in playing the wedding march on her electric guitar as she walked down the aisle. She stopped halfway, and we all clapped as she handed over her guitar, took her flowers and her dad’s arm, and made her way to where we were all waiting for her. It was pure magic and the one and only time I had my phone out for a bride’s entrance! Our couple approved that of course and were extra excited to get a video of her waking down the aisle from a perspective no one else in the room had!

If you want your moment in the spotlight to be a little more modern and different, here are a few suggestion.

Walk with mom

If your father is no longer around or you’re simply closer to your mother, why not walk down the aisle with her instead? If your mother has had an immense influence on your life, this is one of the best ways to honor her.

Include both parents

Some brides have such a tightknit family that they prefer to walk with both parents down the aisle. If this works for you, go right ahead. In fact, this is the norm in Jewish weddings.

Include both dads

Many of today’s families have gone through a divorce. If this is the case for you and you’re close to both your father and your stepfather, you could always have them both at your side during this special moment. Or one dad can start the walk with you, and your other dad finished the walk with you.

Choose an unconventional song

Who says you have to play traditional romantic songs as you walk down the aisle? If you want to make an entrance that’s all your own, choose a song that reflects your personality, relationship with your partner, or your unique culture. I have heard a lot of Ed Sheeran and 1000 Years since I started doing weddings – sometimes more than once in the same day! Don’t feel you have to use a popular wedding song! My favourite entrance moments have been to Seasons of Love (Rent), and Young and Beautiful by Lana Del Rey. Now those were memorable entrances!

Rope in your uncles

Many brides grow up with their uncles as the father figures in their lives. If one or all of your uncles were an integral part of your childhood and relationship, nothing should stop you from choosing them to walk you into your ceremony.

Include your siblings

Every family has a different dynamic and for many brides, their siblings were and still are their rocks. If your brother or sister is your everything, they’re the perfect choice for this important role. Heck why not include your whole immediate family!? I would love to see that at a wedding!

Dress up your furry family member

If your pet is one of the most important members of your family and you really want to include them in your big day, this is one way to do just that. Adding a little bowtie or coat is the perfect way to get them to fit in with the ceremony. Please make sure you have someone ready to take the leash as soon as you get to your ceremony site!

Walk in together

There are no rules that say our grooms must be at the altar waiting while you walk in! I have seen quite a few couples have their first look, then enter together holding hands – making quite a statement about unity!

Go it alone. And finally, there is always the option of walking yourself down the aisle. This is perfect for brides who are self-reliant and always have been, as well as those who don’t have a particularly close family. This also eliminates the drama that could come within families that have a certain dynamic.

This is your wedding day and one moment when the spotlight will be solely on you, so do things your way! This is your big moments so enjoy it, personalize it, and make it yours! I can’t wait to see what you come up with for your grand entrance!

Your Officiant will have seen hundreds if not thousands of entrances so if you are really stuck, ask them for some ideas and advice, especially if you have a tricky family situation.

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