I'm engaged and I'm thinking about arrangements for my wedding. I have been married before and now I'm in my 40s and have grown up DCs. What is the feeling on having my adult DS give me away instead of my dad? I haven't lived at home for over 20 years and I feel that is it now my children who are inviting my fiancé in to the family instead of my parents. Would I be unreasonable to have my DS give me away instead of my DF?
I had my DD2 walk me down the aisle when I married again and DD1 did father of the bride speech. I discussed with my DF and he said he'd done it once for me and he didn't like being in the spotlight so was happy for my DDs to do the honours second time around. DD2 is getting good at walking people down the aisle - she did it for her DSis at her wedding as their DF had died and I did parent of the bride speech. We didn't call it 'giving anyone away' and thought of it simply being a special role in the service.
I honestly don't see it that way at all.It's just a tradition and ok it does hark back to the times of dowries etc but it's not at all like that.I think that it's a lovely way to show that the SD is accepted by his SC which if you read the board on here can often be a rarity.
I do think it would be wierd to have your dad give you away when you are in your 40s and presumably he did it the first time.
Would you consider just walking in together? A lot of weddings I've been to which aren't church weddings do this now.
Or are you doing the whole groom waits at the front with best man while bride walks down the aisle/gap between the chairs thing? You could do this on your own, maybe with people behind you, as a statement that you are giving yourself to your new husband as an independent woman. I'm sure that your son would be honoured to do it if you ask him, but what about your daughters? Why does only your son get to "invite your fiancé into your family"?
When I got married for the second time I just walked in hand in hand with my adult daughter who was my bridesmaid. I told my dad it was because it wasn't the done thing to 'give me away' twice. In reality we're not close and he'd really hacked me off in the run up to the wedding and I wanted him to have as little involvement as possible though I did give him a small reading to do (and he managed to make that all about him). But it was a great day and very glad I did it the way I did.
Thank you all for the input. Very much appreciated. It wouldn't only be my son involved, I had planned on my daughters being my bridesmaids and walking down behind me. I hadn't really thought about the 'outdatedness' of being given away and waking down to meet my stbh at the end... I may review that. Thank you for the idea
My boys were younger when I got married but I wouldn't have them give me away, because they still needed me. I will always be their mum. I didn't like the symbolism that it shifted me away from them. They walked down the aisle with me, but didn't give me away.
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Anyway, a lot of food for thought on here and I massively appreciate all the responses. Can I ask, no matter who walked me down the aisle, how can it be just that and not be 'giving me away' as such. Because I am not being given away as my children will always be my number 1 priority. How do I differentiate?
We had a civil ceremony outdoors and just arrived by car together, approached the table together and got married to each other. We even got ready together and he zipped up my dress. I didn't need to be given to him, it was a mutual decision to marry because of our feelings for each other and desire to end our days together. For that reason, spending the whole day together from waking up together in the morning was absolutely right for us.
Thank you. That makes more sense now. Because when I think about it I'm not sure I like the idea of my fiancé standing waiting for me. My fiancé if fairly traditional so it's definitely something we will chat about.
My father walked me down the aisle but didn't give me away - he didn't give my hand to my DH or lift my veil (!!) and there was no 'who gives this woman to be married to this man' wording in the ceremony. When we got to the front I just gave him a hug and he and my bridesmaids sat down.