One big moment where you shine on your wedding day is your walk down the aisle. It’s the first time your guests—and maybe even your soon-to-be spouse—will see you glowing in your wedding dress, and it marks the very start of your marriage journey with your partner. While some brides dream of re-creating the famed scene from Father of the Bride, there are plenty of unique ways to walk down the aisle at your wedding.
Make a grand entrance with both your parents instead of just one. Or consider other songs to walk down the aisle to, besides just the traditional "Wedding March." You can even include your pet in the procession! Your wedding, your rules, after all.
Below, see 10 unique ways to walk down the aisle at your wedding.
1. With Your Mother
If you’re closer to your mother, there’s no reason she can’t be the one to walk you down the aisle. Focus the spotlight on her and her influence in your life by designating mom as your escort. She’ll be thrilled—she’s walked with you through so many experiences in life, why not add this to the list? It’s also a great option for brides who don’t have a father in the picture, either due to divorce, death, or other extenuating circumstances.
2. With Both Parents
Take a cue from the Jewish tradition and have both mom and dad take you by the arms as you process to your favorite song. In the tradition, the bride’s father is on her right and mother on her left as they walk toward the chuppah. You can swap the sides, but it’s a heartfelt way to include both of your parents in your wedding ceremony.
3. With Your Stepfather
Plenty of stepfathers have escorted brides down the aisle, especially if the two of you are close. If your stepfather is your main father figure, go for it. Guests will see how much he means to you, and you’ll have the quintessential father-daughter moment.
4. With Your Father and Stepfather
Many brides feel their stepfather is just as endearing to them as their biological father, so it’s a supersweet touch to be accompanied by the two major men in your life. Propose that both of your “fathers” do the honor. If they are on good terms with one another, it should be smooth sailing. If they aren’t, consider having a conversation with each about their comfort level well before the big day. Hopefully they can put aside any differences to observe your wishes.
5. With Your Uncle or Uncles
In Hindu tradition, brides enter the wedding ceremony alongside their maternal uncles. Often, they are carried in by the uncles on a doli, or small carriage decorated in florals. You don’t need the entire pomp and circumstance, but asking your uncle to do the honor is perfectly acceptable in any tradition.
6. With Different Loved Ones
Best friend, brother, sister, cousin—the options are many when it comes to asking any of your loved ones to be your escort on your big day. Make it meaningful by choosing a person you are particularly devoted to, whether it’s a sibling, lifelong friend, or other person who has helped you through challenging times—it makes the moment that much more significant.
7. To an Untraditional Song
Who needs the "Wedding March," anyway? If the classic song that brides usually walk down the aisle to just isn't you, change it up with a contemporary tune that fits your personality, your relationship, and your wedding. You're bound to find one you love on our list of 115 wedding processional songs. Songs like "Hymn for the Weekend" by Coldplay, "I Choose You" by Sara Bareilles, and even movie scores will let you proclaim "Here comes the bride!" in your own way.
8. Halfway by Yourself
Meghan Markle set the tone when she graced the aisle of St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle alone for half her walk toward Prince Harry. This shows independence while still honoring tradition, by meeting an escort at the 50-yard-line. We foresee this becoming more and more of the norm.
Hello 2019! Nothing says you need an escort at all, and in our modern times, plenty of women have survived for years without a partner or parent helping their every step. Showcase your autonomy and self-reliance by making a grand entrance sans escort. Talk about a statement!
10. With Your Pet
If you consider your pup a member of the family, why not have them escort you down the aisle? The wedding photos will be beyond adorable, and having your furry friend by your side might be just the thing to calm any lingering nerves.