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Who Walks the Bride Down the Aisle?
In Today's World, Who Walks the Bride Down the Aisle?
The blended family has replaced the traditional family in the U.S., meaning that most of us have step-parents (and all the joy and/or the problems that may ensue from those relationships).
1. If you've been raised by a step-father, for example, who should walk you down the aisle, your step-father or your birth-father?
2. Or what if your mom raised you, without your dad's help?
3. Or what if your birth-father isn't contributing to your wedding--and your step-dad is?
Read on for the answers to these questions!
Who Walks the Bride? Let Common Sense Prevail...
1. If you've been raised by your step-father, then he should walk you down the aisle. However, if your father has supported you financially and is contributing to your wedding (and been a part of your life), then it might be best if both walk you down the aisle to avoid hard feelings.
2. If your mom raised you alone, and your father did not contribute to your upbringing, either emotionally or financially, then your mom should walk you down the aisle.
3. If your birth-father is not contributing to your wedding, and has not been a part of your life, then your step-dad should do the honors.
Who Walks the Bride When Common Sense Fails?
There's a solution to the problem if things get rough and your dad refuses to walk with your step-dad (as in question one), or vice versa. Or, you feel uncomfortable walking with your mom (question two).
You can walk yourself down the aisle!
Let's face it ladies, the women who marry today aren't teeny-boppers! They're in their late twenties, their careers are established and their educations are completed (according to the Census). They don't need anyone to show them the way--or give them away!
P.S. Visit Deborah McCoy, AAWP: www.aa-wp.com