On Saturday, Sweden's Princess Victoria married her fiancé, Daniel Westling, in a grand ceremony, after an eight-year courtship that had its share of drama. (He's a commoner!)
Here's the interesting etiquette point:
Princess Victoria created a storm of controversy when she asked her father to walk her down the aisle.
That's because in the Church of Sweden, there is a 200-year old tradition of the couple entering the ceremony together, as an expression of equality.
In the end, the princess compromised. She and her father entered the church together and were met halfway down the aisle by Mr. Westling, who joined them for a group excursion.
(And in the oldest tradition of the Roman Catholic church, the bride and groom approach the altar together, led by the priest and followed by their parents; according to CatholicWeddingHelp.com, this "better symbolizes the Church's understanding of the complementary role of the husband and wife in marriage.")
There's some neat symbolism in either choice. At a friend's wedding, the entrance of the bride and groom together seemed quite appropriate, since it was a second marriage for both of them. Being escorted by her father felt awkward to her.
Have you considered this option? What did you decide, and why?