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Walk with your fiance down the aisle????

Hey ladies,

I have read on some of these posts that the Catholic tradition was that your fiance walked you down the aisle rather than waiting for you at the altar. 
I don't have the issue of my father wanting to walk me down the aisle seeing as he passed away 2 years ago. 
I was just wondering if any of you actually did this and, if so, how did it turn out?

Feedback please?

Re: Walk with your fiance down the aisle????

  • I actually really, really loved the idea.  In the end, my husband wanted to escort his mother to her seat and I wanted to take that walk with my dad.  If we'd done the procession together, we'd have done a first look and gotten all our pictures out of the way early!
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    I actually really like the idea, though I also think it is sweet to be escorted by someone special in your life. I agree with professor - if I had walked down with my husband, I would have definitely done photos beforehand.
  • I thought about it when I read about this a few weeks ago but I really have my heart set on walking down the aisle with my father.
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  • I hadn't heard of this until I came to this board, but I do think it's a really nice idea.  I don't think I'll do it though, as I've always envisioned my dad walking me down the aisle, and I think it's something that my dad is looking forward to as a special moment as well.  We do plan to do our pictures beforehand regardless, just because of timing, and because I think that will help get (most of) my jitters out of the way before the walk down the aisle! 
  • I would actually prefer to walk with FI, but my Dad walked my sister down the aisle at her wedding, so I think he'd be hurt if he couldn't walk me.  Don't get me wrong, I'm glad to walk with my Dad too, but I just think the bride and groom walking together is really special!


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  • I would have walked with FI, but my dad told me, when I asked him about 2 weeks before the wedding, in no uncertain terms, that he was planning to walk me. 
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  • i walked with my fiance.   my father had also passed away several years before, but for me it was more with keeping the catholic tradition and i also detested the idea of being "given away" as if i were property.

    it was nice as it allowed us to do all of our pictures before and be much more relaxed going into the ceremony.  we also were able to smile and say hello to friends and family as we walked in rather than being in that trance of staring at each other.
  • We walked in together...like you, my dad passed away though it was about 6 years prior. I was torn & had no idea what to do and was very happy when I learned that b&g walking in together was the Catholic tradition. We did not do pics together beforehand for other logistical reasons but we met in the adoration chapel beforehand and said a rosary together. I was definitely happy with it.
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  • Thank you so much for all the feedback! 

    To Caitrion... I really love the idea of saying a rosary together in the Adoration Chapel. The one church I am looking at --St. Ann in West Palm Beach, FL does not have an adoration chapel, so I don't know if that will be possible, but I really love the idea!!

    Thanks, girls!
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  • My father passed away several years ago, and I've been trying to figure out how to do the processional thing since before FI proposed!  Anyway, for those of you that walked with your fiance, how exactly did the whole processional work?  I've not really heard much about this, so I'd love more info.
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  • princess, here's is how ours worked.

    the priest and the altar boys were up front.  i think they entered from the side.
    MIL was seated by her son (h's brother)
    my mother was seated by my H (she had no sons and my father was deceased)
    matron of honor and best man walked in together
    (other WP members, if we'd had them, would have walked in here)
    then we walked in together

    since we only had the two attendants, we waited until they got to the altar to start our processsion.  i would think with a larger wedding party, youd have each couple proceed when the couple before them was about half way down the aisle.

    teh flower girl and ring bearer, if you have them, would walk in right before you (i think, we didnt have these)
  • I walked with my DH.  We liked it better because it more fully reflects the symbol that the husband and wife EQUALLY and FREELY enter into the sacrament together.

    That said, there's nothing wrong with your dad walking you down the aisle, either.  This is a matter of preference and culture.
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