Tradition may dictate it’s the father-of-the-bride’s role to accompany the bride down the aisle, but couples today are rewriting the rules.
The time-honoured tradition is being reinterpreted for modern marriages and depending upon their circumstances, brides are opting to ask other significant people in their lives to fulfil this all-important task.
And while the custom is often tweaked, it still remains an honour for the person, or people, asked to accompany the bride.
When Sarah Dempster married Brodie Garth in an intimate ceremony at Mitchelton Wines in October, both her parents Dianne Evely and Neil Dempster escorted her to the waiting groom.
“Mum and Dad separated when I was quite young, and originally I was going to walk down the aisle on my own,” Sarah said.
“Dad lives in Western Australia, and Mum had so much to do with planning the wedding, I thought having them both walk down the aisle with me was a good way to include them both.”
With two children of their own, Bridgette Deane and Sam Robertson dispensed with many traditions for their summer wedding.
The couple got ready together, with son Lewis and daughter Georgie, at Dubuque Bed & Breakfast in Numurkah and as Bridgette’s father Brian had passed away, the stunning bride chose to walk down the aisle on her own.
“I guess my decision was based on the fact that I wouldn’t want anyone other than my dad to give me away,” Bridgette said.
“And my mum is undergoing chemo so I didn’t want to place any pressure on her in case she wasn’t feeling well.
“I originally planned for Georgie, my daughter, to walk with me but she’d had enough by 5pm and just played in the background,” she said.
Having been raised by a single mother, Emily Edwards didn’t hesitate to have her mum Virginia accompany her for her marriage to Brad Sanderson on the banks of the Murray River at Moama.
“Our family means the world to us, each of our closest members had their own special part on our day,” Emily said.
“Being raised by only my mother, it was an absolute pleasure to have her walk me down the aisle.”