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The Friday Fight-Out: Walking Down The Aisle – Traditional Vs Alternative

When it comes to the big entrance of the bride and that emotive walk down the aisle there’s only one way to do it right? The waiting groom, a furtive glance back as the bridesmaids make their way towards him and then that incredible moment when he sees the bride for the first time. It’s a beautiful moment but is it really the only way to do it or are there alternatives that might be just as powerful?
Time to find out!


In the Red Corner this week representing the more traditional walk down the aisle, having had a somewhat dramatic entrance herself appearing from the midst of a storm, it’s Dom “The Tog Bride”

In the Blue Corner, arguing for a slightly different approach, let’s face it he just wants to dance down the aisle, it’s Matt “The Gormless Groom”

Walking Down The Aisle – Traditional Vs Alternative


Dom: The walk down the aisle is one of the most magical moments of a wedding day – I adore the moment the groom sees his bride for the first time, it’s so full of emotion – just perfect.

Matt: But that moment is always rushed as straight after the ceremony begins and you don’t really get chance to enjoy it – what about having a private first look before the ceremony and then walking down the aisle together, entering as boyfriend and girlfriend and exiting husband and wife.

Dom: Having the groom wait at the end of the aisle for the bride is steeped in tradition and symbolism – two separate bodies coming together as one as they’re joined in matrimony.

Matt: In some cultures the tradition is for the groom to also have a grand entrance surrounded by his groomsmen before the bride enters surrounded by her bridesmaids – why should the bride have all the fun?!

Dom: Certain venues like churches may only allow the traditional entrance of the bride as it is a fundamental part of the traditional ceremony.

Matt: If it’s not your first marriage then it can be fun to mix things up a little bit and make it a little different and the entrance of the bride and groom can be one of the ways to do that.

Dom: Part of the tradition of the bride walking down the aisle is that her father walks by her side and gives her away. This is a really special moment between father and daughter and surely one that you want to keep hold of.

Matt: But for some Brides their father is sadly unable to walk them down the aisle and so an alternative, such as walking down together, might be the perfect solution.

Dom: Normally the groom arrives first for the ceremony and is partially there to play host to the guests and greet them and make sure they’re well looked after. If the Groom is having a “grand entrance” with his groomsmen and can’t be seen by anyone beforehand then there’s no-one there to perform this duty.

Matt: If you’re a shy person then for the bride walking down the aisle with all eyes just on you could be incredibly nerve wracking, and for the groom you may be too self-conscious to let your emotions fully show in public. Seeing each other first then walking down the aisle together means you can be stronger together and avoid some of those nerves.

So those are our thoughts but where do you stand? As always you can join the debate by leaving a comment or, unless you’re Scottish and a bit fed up of polls by now, you can simply place your vote in our poll below!

Walking Down The Aisle - Traditional Vs Alternative
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  • Kayleigh Herbertson - September 23, 2014 - 1:23 pm

    When I was younger I hated the idea of walking down the aisle with my dad but now I see it as my joining another family. I suppose in that sense it is quite selfish! The Groom is also joining my family, but there’s no symbolism for him. I’ll also admit to wanting a big entrance just to see the look on my groom’s face when he first sees me in my dress!ReplyCancel

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