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Ours are lighting the unity candle (side ones) to represent each family. Then we will light the center one to join the families together.
Can't wait to say 'I do' on April 14, 2014 - Planning Bio
Both H and I are very close with our mothers, our fathers are not in our lives. We both came down the aisle with our mothers. My sister, the officiant, asked them both, "Who gives this woman/man to this man/woman to marry?" Both of our mothers said, "She/He give herself/himself but with the love and support of her/his family."
I love the way you stated that one too! I may need to steal that line.
I'm debating how to include our mothers as well, who we are both very close with. So, these might also be some options for you.
I thought about having my mom as a bridesmaid, maybe even MOH, since she really is my best friend... but after I made my sisters BM (I am close to both and it was important to them to be BM), I already ended up with 3 BM vs. 1 groomsman.
I really want to have both my parents walk me down the aisle, but when I mentioned it to my dad he got offended by the idea... he's very traditional. I figure they both have the same "right" to me. I also don't want to use the "who gives this woman" line, but rather "who supports this union", since the independent part of me doesn't like the implication that they own me (especially since I'm mid-30's and live 2000 miles from them). I may still tell my dad to suck it up and deal with it, because I really do like the idea of both of them walking me down aisle.
The other option would be to have mom do reading. My mom did this at my brothers wedding. They had non-religious ceremony but she thought it was important to include something so she did reading from Bible (with their permission of course).