Walking down the aisle is a big moment for both the bride and groom. For the groom, seeing his bride glide gown the aisle towards him brings the anxious waiting to an end – his bride is here. For the bride, it’s the moment in the spotlight that she’s dreamed of for the last few months and the first time most people will be seeing her dress. Guests are usually entertaining mixed emotions, smiling at the bride’s beauty but also crossing their fingers that she doesn’t trip.
With this in mind, we turned to our real brides and grooms to find out what they were really thinking as they walked down the aisle. You might be surprised!
Seeing each other
The one we all expected, getting their first look at each other came top in many of our real couple’s big day memories.
Angie and Sam from issue 162 were star struck seeing each other. “My best memory was seeing the joy all over Sam’s face as I walked towards him! The week before the wedding was full of planning, but walking down to the look in his eyes made every detail worthwhile.”
James and Laura from issue 161 started marriage in harmony. “Getting a cheeky glimpse of Laura walking down the aisle was my memorable moment”, says James, while Laura gushes that hers was “seeing James at the front, looking so handsome, I immediately welled up.”
Saying your vows
For some couples, the magical moment comes at the end of the aisle when the couple finally get to says their ‘I do’s and become husband and wife.
For Nicola and Lawrence in issue 162, this was definitely the case. “Our memorable moment was the overwhelming feeling of happiness when we said our vows.” To see more of their wedding, pick up the latest copy of the Wedding Ideas magazine now!
The same was true from issue 160’s Jacqueline and Brock. “The best memory was just standing there holding each other’s hands and smiling uncontrollably. I remember being so excited and happy that the moment we became husband and wife was finally there.”
The bride’s father
This one might surprise you, although it’s such a beautiful aspect of the day it shouldn’t once you think about it. It’s not only a big day for the groom, but for the bride’s father too. He’s seeing his daughter take the next step in her life and giving her to the person she loves.
For Becs and Murray in issue 162, one of the highlights for Becs was “my wonderful dad. As a father in a household of three women, dad doesn’t often get to share the limelight in life, but walking down the aisle holding on to him for dear life, love and pride radiated from him. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him as happy as he was on that day. It was so special to share those final moments with him before he handed me over to Murrary.”
For Holly and Lee in issue 160, Holly’s father also made walking down the aisle special and dispelled nerves with a light-hearted joke. “Walking down the aisle with my dad was my favourite part, he kept smiling. Just before we set off down the aisle he turned and said to me, ‘it’s not too late for you to change your mind, we can make a run for the pub if you want to’ – this had me smiling all the way down the aisle.”
Not every bride and groom, bride and bride, or groom and groom choose to have music during their ceremony. If they do, it’s often in the form of a harpist, pianist or string quartet.
Issue 161’s Alexandra and Robert chose music for their aisle moment. “I absolutely adored the song I walked down the aisle to,” gushes Alexandra. “It was Andrea Bocelli’s ‘Mille Lune Mille Onde’. Having the crescendo of the song as I made my way up the aisle was a wonderful moment.”
For Melissa and Matheu from issue 162, the music made their first sight of each other even more meaningful. “Seeing each other for the first time in the chapel whilst the gospel choir sang ‘Everybody’s Free’ by Quindon Tarver.” To see more of their wedding, pick up the latest copy of the Wedding Ideas magazine now!