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Fatherless brides. We can easily overlook how difficult the big day can be for brides who have lost a parent, or any member of their immediate family. As little girls, we all imagine that our entire family will be at our weddings. Honestly, we imagine anyone we’ve ever met will be there (because we don’t know much about wedding budgets and travel logistics when we are children). If your wedding is approaching, and you no longer have your father, you’re faced with the tough decision: who will walk you down the aisle? That moment—the walk down the aisle—changes when you don’t have your dad. Rather than it just being a moment of joy, and a symbol of families joining, it will be a moment in which you notice an absence. You’ll particularly want someone who provides you enormous comfort and support to help you through it. Here are 15 amazing substitutes when you don’t have a dad to walk you down the aisle.

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Your mom

When your parents were together, they were a unit, and as such, your dad is a part of your mom. Your dad will always be a part of your mother so if she walks you down the aisle, in a way, he will too. Also, your mother has been a tremendous support and role model and would be glad to give you away.

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