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Some rules were meant to be broken, right? Whether you're a same-sex couple struggling to find the perfect solution or a hip bride and groom hoping to put your own unique spin on tradition, march to the beat of your own drum with these creative ways to walk down the aisle. Because different is good!
Miss Independent! If you're a modern-day bride who'd prefer that no one give you away or you're just not that close with dad, consider going down the aisle by yourself and meeting your other half at the altar, suggests Ashley Smith, a San Francisco-based destination wedding planner and founder of BuzzWorthy Events. Your groom can take the trek solo too, have mom escort him in or enter from the side or with the officiant. The possibilities here are endless.
Meet him halfway
Wedding planner Chandra Keel, owner of Chandra Keel Events in Phoenix, says she once worked with a bride who hated the idea of walking in alone but didn't feel like there was anyone that was right for the job either. Well, besides her groom. So what did they do? "We found a solution that incorporated the couple's love of beer and the bride's love for the unexpected," she explains. "The bride opted to walk halfway down the aisle by herself where her groom met her with beers in hand and they took a ceremonial sip, of course. They then walked the rest of the way together with their beers." Not surprisingly, after being announced husband and wife, the groom reunited them with their drinks, and it was bottoms up!
Do it together
Who needs a bridal party when you have each other? According to Smith, walking in hand in hand is a great idea for a more mature couple. "It's a really sweet and comforting sight to see, plus for many brides, it can help alleviate some of the pressure."
Walk down your own aisles
You know what they say: two aisles are always better than one! To make this novel idea work, Smith suggests creating a circle ceremony where the guests sit in a formed circle and the couple each enters from a different side, throwing tradition completely out the window. "Everyone can see and feels closer to the couple, and there is equality all around."
Enter from different sides
Surprise your guests and do away with the aisle! "This is actually pretty fun if you both enter from the sides of the ceremony and arrive at the same time," says Smith. "Guests won't expect it and might find it very clever and romantic."