Young girls listen to fairy tales and dream of their future husband. They spend hours planning their wedding day. They will have the most beautiful white gown in all the world. When the music begins, their father will offer his arm and they will enter the church. All eyes will be on the bride and her father as they begin their walk down the aisle. She will gracefully floats toward her groom as he waits for her at the altar. It will be the happiest day of her life.
While churches have never been designed for weddings, they are the perfect venue. There is a long aisle leading up to the altar with pews on either side. These are for the congregation to use during church services, yet that never seems to matter during a wedding. Churches are divided in half with the large center aisle. Designed for ease of the congregation to enter and sit, it is perfect for the wedding ceremony. The bride’s family and friends sit on one side, and the groom’s family and friends are on the other.
Many brides have taken that long walk down the aisle. It is an honor and privilege to have a church wedding. They dream about the day and later cherish the memories when it has become a reality for them. The long walk down the aisle is symbolic for many. They walk to the altar as a single woman. When the ceremony is over, they walk back down the aisle as a happily married woman.
Not every bride will decide to have a church wedding. Those that do will have the memories of the long walk down the aisle with their father to cherish. Walking back down that same aisle with their new husband will be a dream they live every day after.