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Is it ok to have my dad and brother walk me down the aisle?

Posted in Madison, WI, USA
140558 Ashley Garlanger Madison, WI, USA

Me and my fiance are only having one person stand up for each of us. I was hoping and begging that my fiance would pick my brother to stand but he didnt. He picked someone that I have never even met actually. I want my brother included. Would it be weird if I had my dad and my brother walk me down the aisle?

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Emptyprofileicon anna and peter Madison, WI, USA

I love that idea-- a wonderful way to include him. I toyed with the idea but our aisle was so small, I ended up having him do a reading instead.

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Emptyprofileicon Lara and Andy Madison, WI, USA

Not weird at all !

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Emptyprofileicon Denise and Cullen Madison, WI, USA

Now-a-days - anything goes! So go for it!

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Emptyprofileicon Taunya Ackerman

do it! its your wedding!

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109565 Siobhan and Tom Madison, WI, USA

Your wedding, so do it your way. But, consider carefully before stealing your Dad's special moment that he has probably dreamed about since you were a little girl.

There are plenty of other ways to involve your brother.... You could ask your brother to deliver a toast, do a reading during the ceremony, sing or play a special song if he's musically inclined, serve as your ring-bearer (doesn't have to be a little boy), read a special poem during the cake cutting ceremony, or countless other honors that would make the start of your marriage extra special.

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Emptyprofileicon Alana Apfelbeck Madison, WI, USA

I think it's a great idea. I love the thought of the brides entire immediate family walking her down the isle. But a good point was brought up...make sure your dad is ok with it :) I think asking your brother to do a toast is also very special as well. It's not often the brother of the bride gets to deliver a toast.

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Emptyprofileicon Summer F Madison, WI, USA

I like the idea! Very cute :)

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140558 Ashley Garlanger Madison, WI, USA

Thanks for all your input!

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88841 Angela Barnickel Madison, WI, USA

Have you thought about making him an usher?

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95016 Marilee Karamanski Madison, WI, USA

Hi Ashley,
Marilee Karamanski here. There's nothing wrong with your brother and father walking you down the aisle, provided Dad's okay with it. It does tend to be an emotional moment for dads- sometimes more than they expect. So, you know your dad better than anyone in this online community, and if it's good with him, it's good.

Another thing to consider, however, is stepping a little further outside the box. It is becoming more common (and also completely acceptable) to have mixed bridal parties. You could ask your brother to stand up for *you*. There is no law (or even strict etiquette) that says you may only have women standing next to you and he may only have men next to him and both sides must have equal numbers. If your emotion and intuition are that you want your brother to be in the bridal party, then ask him to stand with you in your bridal party!

I would love to hear what solution you use!

Marilee Karamanski
www.Plannedspontaneity.net
608-556-0346

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