Each Wednesday, we tackle wedding etiquette. At times, it’s a reader question or one from a colleague, friend or family member and other times we’ll cover a popular issue. (Note: Questions may be edited for clarity and brevity.)


Question: The first time I got married I eloped. We divorced. I now attend church and would like to have a church wedding. I would like for my son and father to give me away. What is the best way to accomplish this?

Answer: Congratulations on your upcoming wedding. How lovely to want to include both your son and your father in the ceremony in this way. There are a few options: 1) Both can walk you down at the same time with one on each side of you, elbows linked (or not). Hugs to you and a handshake from your son and father to your spouse-to-be can symbolize the “giving away” portion. 2) One can walk you part of the way down the aisle with the other awaiting you about halfway. The first person can “hand you off” to the second. Your choice of who goes first or second. 3) Any other way you’d like to do it. There really are no hard and fast rules here, so do what feels right and respectful for you and your loved ones. Have a beautiful Big Day filled with big love.



Do you have a solution to share or a wedding etiquette question? Respond in the comments or email Melanie@MyNewOrleans.com.