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One of the biggest decisions I’m trying to make in my planning process is about how I’m going to walk down the aisle. This is something that is probably a no-brainer for most brides-to-be, but it’s something I’ve been debating. The traditional father of the bride walk isn’t an option for me as I haven’t had a relationship with my father for most of my life, and he won’t even be invited to the wedding.
Option two is my step-father who has been around since I was about 10 years old. We’re certainly close, but not super lovey-emotional. I’ve never called him Dad and I’m just not sure how I feel about having him stand in for this role. At the same time, I don’t want to hurt his feelings if it’s something he wants to do.
Next choice is my mom. She was a single mother for most of my childhood, and has definitely made me who I am today. On the other hand, I don’t know if she’s one for the spotlight and being the center of attention like that, so I don’t know if she would want to. Plus, she doesn’t really get a lot of the more modern wedding elements, so she might think it’s strange.
I’m leaning toward option four which is to walk by myself. It just seems to fit since I can’t really decide. I’m a very independent person, so it fits my personality in a lot of ways. Also, I just don’t buy into the whole “being given away” thing. No one owns me or is giving me to him. I’m making this choice on my own. It just seems a little antiquated. I just don’t know if it will seem weird, or like I’m trying to make some kind of statement — which I’m not — or if it will make for a strange walking down the aisle picture. I’m also considering having my dogs escort me so I’m not all alone. This might be cute, but I fear it could end in disaster if a squirrel streaks through.