The father/daughter relationship is a special one. Traditionally brides have their fathers walk them down the aisle to give them away. In the past centuries long ago, when woman had few privileges and fewer rights, the Bride literally was given away to the groom by the father, usually for some monetary compensation. Today it is seen as symbolic of the parents blessing and support for this union. This special moment can be an emotional time and many times with tears, to see the love of a father as he walks his beautiful daughter down the aisle.
When fathers are not able to give their daughters away, it may be an uncle, or other family relative that’s important in the brides life. In the case of brides who have older children, a son may walk his mother down the aisle. Or if the bride has a step-father and a biological father and she has a close bond to both, it may be a solution to have both walk the her down the aisle.
As the officiant asks “Who gives this woman to be married to this man?” or “Who presents this woman for marriage?”, the father’s response is, “Her mother and I.” At this point I usually encourage the Groom to shake hands with his future Father-in-law, and for the Bride to give her dad a big hug, before he gives her hand in marriage to the Groom.