I Don't Get Along With My Dad. Does He Have to Walk Me Down the Aisle at My Wedding Ceremony?

Ceremony & Vows, Etiquette

With seating, bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls and ring bearers, and everything else involved, the politics of wedding ceremonies can be tricky to decipher. What should a bride say to a father she doesn't want to walk her down the aisle? Out wedding etiquette experts are here to answer your questions in our daily post.

I don't get along with my dad. Does he have to walk me down the aisle?

There's no rule that says that Dad has to be the one to do the honors. Choose the person you feel closest to—brides have walked down with their grandfathers, brothers, mothers, even their pets. You could also walk down the aisle solo, or have your groom meet you halfway. But if you're giving Dad the cold shoulder and are still planning to invite him to the wedding, you'll want to deal with his feelings up front. Talk to him long before the wedding and let him know that you still want him to be a part of your special day—but you've decided you want to walk you down the aisle. He may still be hurt, but he'll have time to get used to the idea.

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