Who says your dad has to walk you down the aisle?

// by Reggie Jolly

As age-old traditions are left behind and family dynamics shift, having a father walk his daughter down the aisle to give her away is no longer a necessity. In fact, these days, many women are choosing to walk the aisle solo—or opt to have another family member accompany them.

In what is sure to be the first of many challenges to royal norms, Meghan Markle became the first royal bride to walk the aisle herself. She was accompanied during the first part of the wedding procession by her bridesmaids and page boys.

Once they reached the Quire, Prince Charles, her then soon-to-be-Father-in-Law, walked her to the foot of the altar. From there, Meghan made history by walking the remaining distance to her husband unaccompanied.

For non-royals, another family member (a brother, mother, or guardian) will suffice for those who want to upend tradition. “In the past we have seen the mother, or a special relative, walk the bride down the aisle. Sometimes it is the brother, but usually the mother or Godmother,” says Tanya Hendricks of Southern Charm Events.

But there is another option entirely. According to Hendricks, some brides even opt to walk down the aisle hand-in-hand with their groom.

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