(Closed) who to walk me down the aisle

posted 5 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
3371 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

This is tough, but I think you should respect your mother’s decision not to walk you down the aisle. I’m sure she has her reasons, be it that she thinks it will be too emotionally painful or she doesn’t want to draw extra attention to the fact that her husband isn’t there.

I think you’re also right not to ask someone for the sake of it. Are there any female relatives or friends who you’re particularly close to? I don’t think you need to be limited to male relatives. If you really can’t think of a meaningful alternative, I would just walk solo down the aisle. Lots of brides choose to do this anyway, so it wouldn’t seem strange or anything. 

Post # 4
3 posts
  • Wedding: July 2014

@cadi12345:  Hi there …. how lovely that your husband to be wants to see you coming down the aisle to him – how romantic! Weddings are such emotional events – she may be/ or may get/ upset that it should have been your dad – she could be anticipating floods of tears.  There could even be a generational thing about that being your dad’s job and no one else’s.  Is it worth asking her to go to the venue with you and just try walking together to see how she feels?  If you practice a few times, it might give her time to come to terms with any issues she does have about your dad not being there and by the time the big day comes, she’ll be pleased she did it.  x

Post # 5
543 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I am sorry you are going through this..My dad commited suicide couple of years ago and it is a very traumatic experience for me that he wouldn’t be walking me down the aisle ..I always wanted that….but I have a brother who I love..and he agreed to do it for me even though he is a super shy kind..I can’t even imagine how hard it is on you…don’t know what to advice you though

Post # 6
9668 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2019

I think you should respect both your mother’s and your fiance’s feelings and walk down the aisle alone, with him waiting at the end for you.

Post # 7
375 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

My father passed away when I was very young and I too am an only child. I’ve struggled with deciding who I want to walk me down the aisle. Part of me wants someone to walk with me (my mum/family member etc) another part of me thinks walking alone would be best and then like you, part of me would quite like to walk down with my fiancee. 

I think if your mum really doesn’t want to do it, maybe don’t force her. She is probably feeling very emotional about the fact your father isn’t there to do it and may be worried she’ll get too tearful if she did it on the day with everyone watching her. However, I think you could still find a way of walking down the aisle with your fiancee if you think you would prefer this to walking alone…

I know your fiancee wants the experience of seeing you walk down the aisle and it’s very considerate of you to take his feelings about this on board. However, maybe you could suggest you could do a “first look” instead where the bride and groom see each other before walking down the aisle? Just type “first look wedding” into google images and you’ll get loads up – it can be an incredibly romantic and intimate thing to do. In fact it’s even more intimate than walking down the aisle in front of loads of people as it’s just the two of you. Then after your ‘first look’ you could both walk down the aisle togehter? This might be a nice way of giving you both what you want? 

Something to remember is that whilst it’s his day too he has to appreciate that because your father isn’t there to walk you down the aisle it might be a difficult thing for you to walk down alone. 

Hope that’s helped a little bit, let us know what you decide to do 🙂  

Post # 8
1157 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Jacqui90:  +1

@cadi12345:    I would agree with PP, it is probably just a combination of emotions and a generational thing for your mom.  I would respect her wishes.  I really like the idea of you walking yourself down the aisle.


I am so sorry you lost your dad.  It is not easy to lose a parent.  


Post # 9
666 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I walked alone and ended up really liking that.  My father passed away a number of years ago and I really didn’t have anyone special that I wanted to walk me down.  Figured it was better to do it myself than have some person I didn’t have that close relationship with.

We toyed with the idea of having Fiance come and meet me halfway and walk me the rest of the way, but ended up not doing that.

Post # 10
1828 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Walk halfway and have him meet you…that way you both (sort of) get what you want and have compromised for/with each other.

As for your mom, she is probably feeling the loss of your father more than ever with your wedding being planned. Please respect that she may not want all eyes on her at such a vulnerable moment…even if they are close family and friends.

Post # 11
3230 posts
Sugar bee

Walk down the aisle alone. I did it and you can too! Just focus on him and you’ll be fine.

Post # 12
582 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I wouldn’t force your mom, but let her know that the option is there if she decides to change her mind (which she may very well do at the last minute!).

If you decide to walk alone, maybe you could carry a special keepsake from your dad and/or mom with you/on your bouquet?

Post # 13
3830 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

why dont you meet your Fiance halfway? Good compromise with him getting to see you walk toward him but then him giving you the support to take you the rest of the way. 

Post # 14
38 posts
  • Wedding: October 2014

You should walk alone if you feel brave enough!

If your mom isn’t comfortable doing it, don’t force her… If you aren’t close with your cousins or uncles, definitely don’t ask them. I think there’s so many traditions that put pressure on brides because they feel like they need to follow tradition or people will think it’s weird.  Every bride and every wedding is different ! If you don’t have someone, then I would say just honour your dad in some way you feel appropriate and walk that aisle by yourself girl! Your mom and your hubby to be will be waiting up there for you 🙂

Post # 15
133 posts
Blushing bee

I was just in a Catholic wedding and they do it all solo.  The groom and his men start at the end and the bridesmaids come in single-file.  Then the bride enters alone.  Everybody exits paired up.

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