Ask Martha: Wedding Ceremony Etiquette: My dad passed when I was younger. Should I ask someone to walk me down the aisle or go it alone?

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My dad passed when I was younger. Should I ask someone to walk me down the aisle or go it alone?
Whether it’s been two years or 20 since a loved one’s been gone, you always feel their absence during big moments like your wedding. One thing that can help is including him in some manner. You can honor him in many heartfelt ways—have the officiant say a few words, light a candle, or acknowledge him in your ceremony program or toast. As for who should be next to you as you enter, that’s entirely your call. A bride no longer needs someone to ‘give her away.’ You can walk down the aisle alone, or with anyone who plays a very meaningful role in your life, like a brother or father-in-law.