Anyone who's ever planned a wedding knows how hard it can be to figure out all the details. This is especially true when it comes to the wedding ceremony. For some people, deciding who will walk them down the aisle can be an extremely tough decision to make. And while this has traditionally been the responsibility of a bride's father, it's not uncommon for moms to do it too. Hearing the stories of people whose moms walked them down the aisle makes it clear that there's nothing wrong with forgoing tradition and doing this your own way, no matter the reason.
Being walked down the aisle can be a profoundly special moment that holds a lot of significance. However, the roots of the tradition were far more practical than sentimental. “This custom stems from the days of arranged marriages, when a father’s looming presence was a good way to prevent the groom from backing out,” wedding historian Susan Waggoner told Brides.com. Needless to say, we've come a long way from the olden days when a bride might have needed her dad to intimidate her fiancé into following through with the wedding. Nowadays, being walked down the aisle serves as a metaphor for transitioning into a new phase of life. Here's why eight Redditors had their moms do the deed, and it will definitely make you tear up. Brace yourself.