Post # 17
Staircase idea is great. If you do it outside you could have guests in the middle with two “aisles” flanking with both of you walking down at the same time, and then there would be a place you meet and approach the officiant together. I saw it in person at a park, it was really nice.
I’ve also seen bride 1 being escorted down the aisle, and then keeps her back to the aisle as bride 2 walks down. At the end they face each other for the first look.
Post # 18
That sounds nice….also based on Baltimore’s weather this year, we may need to create that indoors
Post # 19
If you can do an outdoor ceremony (I have no idea weather-wise if that’s possible in Baltimore in May) you might have more of an opportunity to arrange the chairs such that there are two aisles coming towards the altar. Similarly, if you can find any type of indoor venue that allows you to arrange the chairs/altar however you’d like you can play around with it and make it suit your needs. The only problem (potentially) with walking in at the same time down different aisles is that everyone can’t look in both places at once…
It’s actually a very old tradition (it’s sort of been forgotten) to walk in with your Fiance – is there a particular reason why you don’t want to walk in together?
Post # 20
Come on now, same sex weddings are the most traditional kind! 😛
Post # 21
The staircase idea was because I knew people can’t look in two places at once. With us walking from the left and right guests will be “ping ponging” with their heads. At least with the stairs, guests will be able to keep their heads/eyes in the same direction as we both come down. I would prefer not to walk down together because I feel we both should be able to have that moment…unite and become one at the alter where we say I DO!
I’m going to have to ask her again to see if she truly prefers walking down together…I’ve asked her once but I’m sure I’ll get a few different answers before we reach the truth 😉
Post # 24
Fingers crossed you’ll find the perfect location, then! 🙂 You could both come in towards the altar from the sides… that might make looking in one spot a little easier… For example, if your venue had two sets of doors along the same wall, you could both meet in the middle at the altar after entering through the separate doors. OR, imagine this: you could have a centre aisle, with the chairs on either side facing the aisle. You can walk in from both ends and meet in the middle and that can be your altar. You can put some sort of arbor or something there to stand under… Just another idea… 🙂
Post # 25
My wife and I thought about the two aisle option since it was an option for our venue, but with one photographer, it was impractical. If you can pull it off, kudos to you. We ultimately ended up both walking down the aisle with a parent. My Mom and I went first and than my wife and her Dad.
Post # 26
- Wedding: November 2016 - Amherst College Alumni House
I wanted to do the circle idea and walk towards each other, but it was hard to do at the venue we chose and our photographer advised us against it.
I wanted to walk down alone, but she wanted to walk down together. So we compromised.
We did have a staircase and then a few feet before the chairs started. I walked down the stairs first and walked to the edge of the aisle. Next, she walked down and joined me. Then we walked down the rest of the aisle together.
Post # 27
I like the dual staircase idea if the venue has that.
Post # 28
I don’t like the 2 aisles meeting in the middle thing. It’s probably just me but I feel like your guests have to kind of watch you both on opposite sides of the room and also one side may not really get to see one bride up close. I guess it really depends on how the seating is arranged though.
My SO & I will probably just both walk down the aisle, one before the other. I’m the girlier one according to her but I think I want to walk down first so I can watch her walk down. I haven’t run any of that by her yet though so we could end up with something totally different.
I love the dual staircase idea though!! I’m picturing this gorgeous spiral staircase and you both coming down and omg the picture in my head is absolutely fantastic!
Post # 30
@blairconway: We walked down the aisle together and it didn’t detract from my “moment” at all! I’ll PM you a pic. If you don’t want to walk together, I like the idea of one of you going first and the other second so that guests can focus on one place.
Post # 31
I really like this idea especially if we aren’t able to find a dual staircase. Thank you!