(Closed) My father is in prison for life…need help

posted 5 years ago in Family
Post # 3
2379 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I’m sorry to hear about your dad and u not being able to have him there. Are u close to your fiancées dad? If my dad and brother couldn’t walk me down id have asked my now husbands dad (father in law) as he’s like a dad to me and I love him. Otherwise have u got a maid of honour? Your other bridesmaids could go before u then your maid of honour could walk with you . It’s a shame your mum won’t walk with you , u could tell her it’s not giving you away, it’s gaining a son.Good luck 

Post # 4
3028 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@SillyGooseJ44:  Could you have a female friend, maybe Maid/Matron of Honor walk you down the aisle?  


Also (and I know easier said then done) you might start to work on accepting that your father is not going to be in your life like he has been.  It sounds like he has been locked up for 6 years now and I am not telling you how to feel but as someone who works w/ “lifers” in a prison it is important for their families to come to terms w/ accepting it “just for today,” rather than having every holiday, wedding, anniversary be so emotional (for both the inmate and the family outside.)  If you want I could get you resources for some more support in dealing with this. I also think having him write something that gets read is a great idea.


Feel free to PM me too.


After reading the PP what if the bridal party walked with you, like you leading the pack and have the whole crew right behind you in pairs?


Post # 5
206 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

First of all *big hug*, I am so sorry you have to go through this. Seeing how important the roles of the father is for you, this must be extremely tough. I think the letter idea is absolutely fantastic, and I think your dad would love the idea of being able to be part of the day in some way. As for the aisle, would you consider walking down the aisle with your FI? I am Greek, and it is actually in our culture to walk down together as the whole “giving away” premise isn’t practiced in the orthodox faith. You would both be entering this new chapter in your lives as you walk down the aisle. And you could still have the “first look” surprise by doing it seperately while your photographer snaps photos. Maybe something to think about? For the dance, perhaps you could have a “parent dance” and dance with your mother while your Fiance dances with his mom, to a song that captures the moment of parental figures (i.e. you raise me up). I hope this helped, and again, I am so sorry you have to go through this. 

Post # 7
6124 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I am sorry to hear of your family’s situation!


My H and I walked into our ceremony together, arm in arm.  It’s what the Swedes do – it’s very common in Sweden!  I loved it.  There’s no sense of someone “giving you away,” no fretting to find a replacement person, and you get to hold on tightly to each other as you walk down the aisle.  You’re going into marriage together so walking in together seem only natural.  I think it was the best way to go and hope more Americans would consider it!

Post # 8
272 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

You have have a picture of him that you’re fond of? He could walk you down the aisle in spirit, and if he knows the time/date of the wedding I’m sure I’ll be thinking of you.

Post # 9
1478 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Creek club at ion, SC

I love the idea of walking down the aisle and your Fiance meeting you half way.


As for your dad. I would put his name on the invitations and you could wear something of his as your something blue. You could dedicate a song to him on the day. Im sure youll think of some more personal ideas while your planning.


As for the dancing – Personally I say just skip it. Mother in law will get over it and its not about her anyway.I didnt think mother – son dances were all that popular anyway. If it really is that important to all of you 

Post # 10
11622 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

I know this must be painful for you both, but since it looks like it won’t change soon, I wonder if  asking your dad for his input re who should walk you down the aisle, if anyone, might make it hurt less. He might have a favorite person in mind whom he would trust to walk his little girl down the aisle. If not, at least you would be solving it together instead of feeling so separate and I imagine, possibly feeling like its a betrayal on some level ( of occurs it’s not, but love and loyalty pull at the heart). if he is allowed Internet access or teleconferencing, you might be able to live stream the ceremony for him So he can be there as it happens. 

Post # 11
121 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@leecy87:  +1

I agree with all of these ideas. 

For my own wedding, my dad and I are not close at all, so I knew that he wouldn’t be walking me down the aisle.  Instead, I’m going to walk about 2/3rds of the way down the aisle and then have Fiance come meet me and we will walk together to the front.  I’ve seen this done at a couple weddings before, and it actually looks very sweet and romantic!

If you think that having a mother-son dance will be like rubbing salt into a wound, I say skip it.  Have your Mother-In-Law and Fiance pick out a song that would work, and the DJ can play it later in the night.  Then they can dance together to that song without it being a formal/announced dance between your Fiance and his mom.  It would still give them that special moment together without making you feel upset on your wedding day.

Post # 12
815 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I like the Maid/Matron of Honor idea. Also, what about both your younger brother and sister, one on each side of you? I’m sorry you’re going through this! It sounds like you have a very understanding and supportive fiancé. I hope it turns out to be a beautiful day for the two of you!

Post # 13
165 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@SillyGooseJ44:  I don’t have any suggestions for walking down the isle, but for your first dance you could get some pictures together and have a slide show played during the song you would have danced to or you could dance with a sibling. My MOH’s husband danced with is sister at their wedding because his mom died when he was fairly young. Good luck

Post # 14
308 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@SillyGooseJ44:  I am really sorry to hear all of what you are going through! πŸ™ It’s really tough, I know. My father won’t be able to be at my wedding either due to him being in jail. I LOVE the idea of having him write something for someone to read at your ceremony/reception! And I do like the Maid/Matron of Honor walking you down if you do not feel comfortable walking by yourself. And what a shame that your mom wouldn’t think of you and your feelings and tell you that she won’t walk you down! πŸ™ As far as the dance part, I do like what a PP said about calling it a Parent Dance. Could you dance with your mom?

Post # 15
245 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

How old is your younger brother? Can he walk you down…? My mom had her brother walk her down, and the letter idea would be a good idea, don’t read it. Have the letter be sent to your brother and at the reception, have your brother read it aloud to everyone.

Post # 16
1691 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

You could always walk yourself.  There’s no shame in that. OR your Fiance could meet you half way and you could walk the last half together.  

Also, what if your dad wrote something that one of your siblings could read for him?

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