5 Ways to Walk Down the Aisle

I love that ceremonies are evolving to include the couple's personalities as much as traditions, starting from the get-go—the processional! Don't be afraid to coordinate your trot down the aisle in a way that best represents you as a couple whether it's in a traditional sense or totally together. Be inspired with our five ways to walk the walk before you talk the vow talk.


Traditional: That moment when your partner first locks eyes with you from down the aisle is one that every bride or groom always remembers. It’s a moment when worries and fears are swept away with a simple glance and you know you’re taking the first step toward forever. Traditionally speaking, one partner comes in from the side by the altar, prior to the processional, and the other walks down the aisle following the wedding party in a dramatic entrance scene. Full disclosure, while everyone is looking at the person entering, I like to glance at the altar to see the other person's expression when they see their beloved enter. {See Mike and MaryKate's full wedding feature here.}


One After the Other: A twist on tradition, this aisle walk gives both parties a grand entrance but still allows for that unforgettable across-the-aisle exchange when the second party enters. {See Jason and Michael's full wedding feature here.}


Two Aisles: If space allows, having two aisles is a great way to showcase both parties, equally, with a dramatic meeting at the altar. If you go this route, be sure you have multiple photographers to capture both entrances.


Together: A great way to display your unity, walking down the aisle together is becoming more popular with modern brides and grooms.


Meet Half-Way: If you’re torn between traditional and together, you can have your cake and eat it, too! Have your beloved do a traditional entrance either from the side or aisle and then meet you halfway during your entrance to make a symbolic statement.

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Brittny Drye
As a lover of all things wedding and a fierce cheerleader for marriage equality, I decided to marry my two passions and create a resource where all couples—gay, straight and lesbian—can be equally represented. Armed with seven years in both print and online lifestyle journalism, I dove headfirst into this passion project in 2013 and Love Inc. was born. I’m inspired every day by the couples that grace our pages, from the can’t-live-without-you grasps to the gentle sweeping away of a happy tear, the love that they so clearly have for each other is intoxicating, and drives me to create the best product possible … while enjoying every second of it.