Giving the bride away is an old Father & Bride tradition dating back to a time when arranged marriages were common practice and in some cultures, the “ownership” of the bride was being transferred from the father to the groom. There may even have been a monetary value involved.

You will all be familiar with the question ” who gives this woman to be married to this man?” A typical reply would be “Her mother and I”.

The father would walk with the bride on his right arm, sits to the left of the aisle and sometimes attends the signing of the register. He accompanies the groom’s mother down the aisle during the recessional and delivers the first speech at the wedding breakfast.

From a fashion point this is a key moment on the day and all eyes will be on the bride and her father at this time. As the father of the bride is considered a member of the groom’s party in terms of wedding attire, he should adhere to the chosen dress code for the wedding.

Here in Ireland, we have some magnificent cathedrals and churches along the Wild Atlantic Way to offer our West Coast Weddings brides. So they can experience their ‘giving the bride away’ moment.

Modern day marriages have come a long way, when a father, mother or close or whomever is giving the bride away, walks her down the aisle, they are doing it with pride and with their blessings.

Here are some of our favourite giving the bride away moments, that we have been privileged to share.


This image of bride and groom taken at the Holy Trinity Abbey church near our elite partner venue Adare Manor 

The Lodge at Ashford

The touching moment at hand-over at Ballintubber Abbey located near our elite partner venues Ashford Castle Hotel and The Lodge at Ashford Castle


Nicole and her Dad at St. Mary’s Cathedral Killarney, available for both elite partner venues The Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa and Muckross Park Hotel & Spa054

The beautiful Kiara and her Dad about to make her entrance at a local church near our elite parter venue Dingle Skellig Hotelbride

Charlotte and her Dad at our elite partner venue Dromoland Castle 

Orlagh and her Mother about to walk down the aisle, church located near our elite partner venue Knappogue Castle.
gougane barraKellyanne & her Dad making their entrance at the beautiful Gougane Barra near our elite partner venue Ballinacurra House.

brideFather and bride just about to walk down the aisle assisted by our expert planner Michelle, 

You can get in touch with one of our luxury wedding planners today to help plan your ‘giving the bride away’ moment for your wedding in Ireland.

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