How Do I Create an Egalitarian Wedding Ceremony?

Two Cents: Being "given away" doesn't feel feminist

How Do I  Create An Egalitarian Wedding Ceremony?

Q: Hey APW,

So, probably no great surprise, but I’m not super into the idea of my dad “giving me away.” (I’m not an object to be passed from one man to the next, kthanxbye.) I totally get that for some ladies, their dad walking them down the aisle is important, but it’s just not a fit for me. My partner and I do want to explore ways we can honor our families during the wedding ritual, and honor the passage of being raised in one family/families, and forming our own family. We’re curious what ways folks have approached both the aisle walk, and family rituals within the wedding. We’d love to craft some more egalitarian rituals, and we know APWers have the best ideas.

Thanks in advance for all the wisdom!

APW, Tell us how you made your ceremony represent the badass feminists that you are! Did you flip the script? Did you alter some traditions to make an egalitarian wedding ceremony? Did you do something totally unheard of and awesome? Spill!

If you want the APW community’s two cents, send it to QUESTIONS AT APRACTICALWEDDING DOT COM, and we’ll do our best to crowdsource you some answers!

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