(Closed) Odd Question but, How to walk when walking down the aisle

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
3316 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Two tips:

  1. Force yourself to walk more slowly than seems natural.  There is a big tendency to rush when you’re nervous.
  2. Remember to smile.  It’s easy to get so focused on getting to the front that you don’t convey how happy you are.

Post # 4
4659 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@MrsOrange:  I wish I had tips, I have the same question though… I keep imagining it and I don’t know what I’m even thinking… I have a hard enough time walking normally. (Er… it’s nothing serious, I’m just very clumsy and self-conscious.)

Post # 5
55 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Was taught by my coordinator to sort of kick my skirt forward with every step. I had a ball gown so it was a bit poofy and long. Also, the red carpet made it so the fabric of my dress wasn’t moving along smoothly. If I hadn’t done it, the fabric would’ve bunched up and I’d probably have tripped all over my skirt. I also found that doing the gentle kicking of the skirt helped with my pace. It doesn’t have to be obvious or unnatural, just gently guided my skirt away from me haha. At least my legs were doing something between steps… I tried to practice slow steps and I always ended up sorta getting off balance. Harder than it looks, i feel!!


As for the bouquet, they told me to use it to keep the veil away from my face. Otherwise, I could get makeup/lipstick on it… They’ve also had a bride get her falsies stuck in the little holes of her veil. I held mine somewhere near my hips/waist, not too far forward. 


Ahhh, explaining was much harder than I thought haha. I can see it in my head, just can’t put it to words!

Post # 6
2450 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

my biggest tip is only relevant if wearing a ballgown/princess skirt. 

and that tip is: kick. don’t just walk… kick forward or you will walk on your skirt.

Post # 7
23602 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@MrsOrange:  Take your time, I agree – walk slowly than you would normally walk, and hold your bouquet low and at (i believe) your waist (I so did not do this, even though I planned and planned to). And most importantly, just have fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 9
1710 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

I haven’t walked down yet, but the resounding tip I see on TV and on these boards is to carry the bouquet low (don’t cover up the lovely details of your bodice).  I’ve seen some brides on TV walking with the bouquet up and off to the side or at their chest and they just look awkward.

Post # 10
1652 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I just walked normally but quite slowly so I didn’t trip. You could link your right arm and then hold your bouquet with both hands just at the height where your navel is – with the flowers tipped slightly outwards. Good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 11
237 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Yes! about keeping your bouquet low. It seems more natural for people to have their hand creep up towards their chest, but try to keep your hand right below your belly button and tilt your bouquet forward slightly. 

Post # 12
3063 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I will echo what the PPs recommended. Try to hold your bouquet low, walk at a comfortable pace, and be sure to SMILE and look at the photographer!

However even though I prepped to do that myself, once it was my turn to walk down the aisle I was so stinkin’ nervous that all of that went out the window! As you can see in the photo below I am holding my bouquet all floppy and it looks totally ridiculous lol! This is the only picture I have where I am kinda smiling… because I made brief eye contact with the videographer who told me to smile. All the other pictures before this I just look petrified haha! I did walk at a normal pace though. Perhaps a little slower since I was walking with my grandpa.

Even though my moment of walking down the aisle didn’t turn out how I planned I honestly wouldn’t change a thing. I am not a naturally graceful, smiley person… especially in front of 75 guests. So even though I don’t necessarily look elegant, I do look like myself. And at the end of the day, none of these details mattered.

Post # 13
3078 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Yes, pace yourself!!! I walked so fast down the aisle! lol.  I just didn’t think.  I was too nervous.  Smile and BREATHE!

Post # 14
7902 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Walk slow and on the same foot as the person you are walking with (arrange this in advance). Hold your flowers at the base of the flowers/top of the stem and then hold your hands down by your belly button. Try your hardest not to put those flowers up by your bust.

Post # 16
7711 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

DIBS — I am trademarking “Crotch Flowers” as a band name. I didn’t think of it, but I called it!

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