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The Escorting Of A Bride
An Escorted Bride
Brianna, escorted by her mom and dad, walks down the aisle at Lincoln Park Conservatory - Chicago, Il.


Entering By The Love Of Many

The entrance of the bride is the ceremony’s first emotional high point. The seating of VIPs, the entrance of the bridal party and the groom, all take place before her. If an aisle runner is to be used, it is deployed now, prior to the entrance of the ring bearer and a flower girl who is dropping petals (and they are the only ones who should walk on an aisle runner before a bride!). All of this accentuates her entrance, for wedding ceremonies are female centric events. How the bride enters, and with whom, are very important decisions for her (and her alone).

Her entrance may be accompanied by:

Her Father
Her Mother
Her Siblings
Her Father and Stepfather

Her Father and Mother
Her Children
Her Close Friend(s) in lieu of absent or deceased family members.
Her Groom. In other words the couple walks down the aisle together.

Unescorted (which is a wonderful statement of equality).

A bride's entrance can be an opportunity to show gratitude toward someone very special in her life by giving them the honor of escorting her down the aisle.

There are no rules on this- so follow your heart.

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