Once upon a time – y’know, back when marriage was pretty much just a bizniz deal – THE. WAY. to kick off a wedding was for a bride, who was quite literally considered chattel, to be walked down the aisle by her owner/father where her title deeds would be transferred to her-about-to-be husband in a wedding ritual commonly referred to as ‘The Giving Away”.
Thankfully, we’ve come a long way baby (halle-freakin-lujah), and the ol’, “of course my Dad is gonna escort me down the aisle” and lesser known, but equally prevalent, “Dad will for sure chuck an incredible tanty if he doesn’t get to do this”, is firmly in the domain of a lovely wedding tradition that honours some kids’ special relationships with their parent…BUT, if you’re looking for some ways to kick off your wedding shin-dig that feels a bit more ‘you’, if you’re a modern couple or if you have some modern family vibes happening, if Dad isn’t around or you’re just not really that tight, or if you and your partner fancy throwing out the wedding rule book…
May I present to you:
“Shannon O’Heir Marriage Celebrant’s: GUIDE TO MAKING AN ENTRANCE”.
Blogged in the best way possible to get you feeling inspired – that is – less highly erratic grammar from me and more photos from my divine couples’ real life weddings.
OPTION 1: MIX UP THE ESCORTS
Walk in with both your parents, include your step-parents, your kids, your best mate, your grandma or your dog. Put both those elbows to work by having two escorts at once, hand over part-way like a relay, dance on down with a posse, or all of the above. It’s all good. Better than good, in fact. It’s all bloody GREAT.
Photos by: James Day, Corinna & Dylan, Across the Forest
OPTION 2: SHOW YOUR VIPs SOME AISLE-LOVE
Mums, brothers, in-laws, that Aunty you got sent to live with as a teenager when you were going through your rebellious phase…
Send them down the aisle to score some sweet sweet acknowledgement for the important role they’ve played in your life. (And then make sure they are safely delivered to their spot and well outta the way for your big moment ;))
Photos by: Kelly Tunney, Mel Hill Photography & Margan Photography
OPTION 3: START AS YOU INTEND TO FINISH
You know what I mean.
A team. A duo. Just youse two.
A particularly delightful option if you’ve had a first-look shoot with your photographer, gotten ready together, or wanna keep those super-relaxed ‘two-person-show’ vibes going all-day-and-all-night-long.
Photos by: Lux & Us, Margan Photography & Sarah Vrh
OPTION 4: AISLE SWAG FOR ALL, I SAY
Who says only one of you gets an entrance while the other one waits at the front like a shag-on-a-rock?
It’s BOTH of your day (both of yours? both of youse? youse twos?) so choose one (or two) rad aisle tune(s), turn it up to 11, and get the welcome you each deserve from all your favourite people.
OPTION 5: FLY SOLO
Soak up some solo aisle-time like the fabulous, independent, definitely-not-chattel, badass boss you are.
If you’re doing the wedding-party thang, send them down the aisle before you or dial that dramatic entrance RIGHT THE F UP by having them waiting up front from the get-go.
Pics by: All Grown Up Weddings & Keepsake by the Keeffes
OPTION 6: SKIP. IT. DITCH. IT. JUST DON’T DO IT.
Wanna get in on all this wedding-action from the ground floor rather than hiding out in a room while your guests start the party without you?
Grab a drink and mingle with your people pre-ceremony, then give your celebrant the nod when you’re ready to go and swag into position to begin. All like, “hang on mates, just gonna get married real quick”.
Much chill. Very relax.
Pics by: Who Shot the Photographer
OPTION 7: WHATEVER ELSE YOU CAN COME UP WITH!
So there you have it you loved-up-legends…
Many ways to cook a potato for max deliciousness, and kicking off your wedding is exactly the same. The wedding world really is your entrance-making-oyster, if you will.
And you know the drill, if you want MORE ideas about how to make a marriage ceremony that looks, sounds and feels like you, hit me up right HERE.