Walking down the aisle may seem like the easiest thing in the world to do, but you and your Bridesmaids will probably be very nervous on the day… so here are some tips from us to help you out.
Page Boys & Flower Girls
Who doesn’t love kids at weddings? Page Boys and Flower Girls are always a nice touch at a wedding and a great way to get your family directly involved on the day. They are cute, unpredictable and a real crowd pleaser.
Don’t worry too much if you are not sure if they walk down without an incident. Have them walk down together so they are more confident. And if they make it halfway down then turn back, just go with it, as everyone will laugh. Alternatively you can have one of their parents or the Groom crouching down near the front so they have someone to walk to, or get one of the Bridesmaids to help them walk down.
Take you time!
Don’t rush it… a nice slow walk… but not too slow :) Give me plenty of time to get capture you and your Grooms expressions as you see each other for the first time. One other thing I should mention is that you don’t need to do the whole step together, step together walk down the aisle. These days it just looks a bit unusual and is not necessary. Just take your time and soak it all in.
Bridesmaids are your best friends and believe it or not, most will be very nervous as well. So tell them to take their time but also importantly, they should leave a nice big gap between each other. If they bunch up and walk too close to each other it can be really difficult to get a clear shot of them.
Don’t look at the camera.
The wedding ceremony is all about the Bride & Groom, so when you walk down the aisle don’t look at the camera. Concentrate on more important things, like looking at your Groom and all your family & friends smiling at you.
Most Brides will still get their Father to walk them down the aisle, and I think it’s a lovely tradition where the Dad is symbolically handing his daughter over to the Groom. But in this modern day where couples live together before marriage, and both parents have equally raised their daughter, there is no reason that both parents can’t walk their daughter down the aisle.
For those Brides who don’t have both parents, here are some other options that I have seen:
– Mum walks their daughter down the aisle.
– Brother walks his sister down the aisle.
– just the Bride walks herself down the aisle.
– the Bride walks halfway down and the Groom walks up to meet her and walks her the rest of the way.
– Step-Dad walks the Bride half way down the aisle, shake hands with biological Dad who walks her the rest of the way.
If you have a videographer please request from them that they don’t walk down the aisle with you. There seems to be a worrying trend lately from a small minority of videographers where they following the Bride down the aisle from the front. Every Groom deserves to see his Bride walking down the aisle, not the back of a videographer.
The most important tip I can give you is to just live in the moment and enjoy every step.