I am seeing more and more weddings where brides walk down the aisle with their mums, or both parents, or one of her children. It's a good opportunity to honour someone who has had a significant impact on the bride's life, such as a friend or influential and supportive relative. Now that same sex marriages are legal, couples will need to think about who will walk down the aisle: both grooms or brides, or neither? It's a perfect opportunity to re-think the arrival of the marrying couple, and the march down the aisle, not just for same-sex couples but for all couples.
I recently read a nice story of a bride whose father had died in a car accident and the family had agreed for his organs to be donated. The man who walked her down the aisle was the recipient of her father's heart! (The photo above is from the same source.) A beautiful story, and a beautiful way to honour someone who couldn't be there.
So how would you like to arrive at your wedding? I love exploring all sorts of ideas with couples planning their wedding, and whether you want to be traditional or completely unconventional, the 'arrival' certainly is a moment which sets the tone and is a great moment to put your own personal stamp on the ceremony.