As Stephen and I work out our ceremony details, we’ve toyed with different ideas for the processional, especially after learning the Catholic Church prefers that the bride and groom walk down the aisle together. In the Church’s view, this symbolizes the couple as being partners both before and after marriage, and is preferable to the bride’s being “given away” by her father. But while I like the reasoning behind our walking together, I just can’t shake the feeling that it loses a lot of the excitement associated with this special moment for the bride.
Ideally, we’d like Stephen to walk down the aisle first, escorted by his parents and best man. They would be followed by pairs of our bridesmaids and groomsmen, and then by my sister, who is also my maid of honor and will be walking down the aisle solo. I would then walk to the altar accompanied by my parents, who have stood by me through 26 years of the good, the bad and the ugly. Will our clergy go for the idea? We haven’t had a chance to ask yet, but for now, I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
How do you plan to walk down the aisle? Accompanied by your parents? By just your mom or your dad? By another relative or friend? By yourself?
(Photo Credit: Los Robles Greens Golf Course)