The Walk Down The Aisle

Most all little girls dream of their wedding day and imagine how wonderful it will all be.  The vision is perfect in every way as she dreams of walking down the aisle to the handsome prince who is waiting for her.  This is a wonderful dream and dreams do come true…..but things can sometimes be a little more complicated when a divorce happens between her parents.


Sometimes, a divorce in the family can cause problems that are just too much for a couple to deal with while trying to plan their wedding. If the family unit is no longer together, most couples look for alternatives to the traditional rules of wedding etiquette.


Traditionally, the bride’s biological father has the honor of walking his daughter down the aisle.  If the bride’s parents are divorced, and the bride has a close relationship with her biological father, she usually follows tradition.

The bride may turn away from tradition and follow a whole new path if her relationship with her father is strained or difficult.  It is not uncommon at all for a daughter to choose someone other than her biological father to walk her down the aisle.  If this is the case, the bride should make sure he decision is known to her biological father well in advance of her wedding day, to avoid any problems or false expectations.

There are many different options for the bride, if she is faced with circumstances that cause her to break with tradition and choose other another alternative for walking down the aisle. 

  • Bride walks alone – The bride may choose to walk down the aisle on her own and meet her groom at the altar.  

  • Bride’s stepfather – Many times the bride was raised by a loving stepfather and she may have had little or no contact with her biological father.  In this case, she will most likely choose her stepfather to walk her down the aisle. 

  • Bride’s biological father and her stepfather – Quite often a bride feels that both her biological father and her stepfather should walk her down the aisle.  She will then choose to walk with one on each arm.

  • Bride’s mother – If the bride was raised by her mother and their relationship is close and loving, it is very appropriate for the bride to choose her mother to walk her down the aisle.

  • Bride’s mother and her father – If the bride’s biological parents are divorced, but their relationship is amicable, this is a very good option and becoming more and more popular.


  • Bride’s male relative – Some brides choose their brother, grandfather, or an uncle to walk her down the aisle.

  • Bride and groom – The bride and groom may decide to walk down the aisle together.  In this case, the groom either waits at the entrance for the bride to take his arm, or he may wait at the altar until the bride is standing at the entrance, and then he walks from the altar to the entrance for her to take his arm and walk down the aisle together.
  • Bride and groom meet halfway – As the bride begins walking down the aisle, the groom begins walking toward her from his place at the altar.  When they meet, she takes his left arm and they continue to the altar together.
  • Bride’s parents/guardians/stepparents – The bride’s primary parent walks her down the aisle and her other parents and/or stepparents join them at the altar.


The bride’s own personal circumstances will dictate her choices when making her decision of who shall walk her down the aisle.  Above all, she should feel confident that whatever decision she makes, it will be the correct one.

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