In the latest issue of An Essex Wedding (Jan/ Feb 2011), we were asked by a bride whether she could have both her real dad and her step dad at her side when she walked down the aisle.
Here is our advice:
Q: My parents divorced when I was five and I have always been closer to my stepfather than my biological dad. However, while I would prefer to have my stepdad walk me down the aisle, I feel as though this would break my real dad's heart. Is there any way I can have them both at my side or should I ask my mum to walk me down the aisle instead?
Clare Beckwith Weddings: It's common for brides and grooms to try and make everyone happy on their big day, but I'm a firm believer in having the wedding that you truly want, rather than trying to please everyone else - even if that means parting with tradition. Therefore, if you would like both of your dads to walk you down the aisle and they're happy to do so, there's no legal reason why this can't happen.
Why not have a chat to your registrar or religious minister to see what the possibilities are? It all depends on the type of ceremony you're having and where you are having it, as every district has its own set of rules.
However, if having both fathers walk you down the aisle isn't possible, perhaps it would be wise to ask your mum to step in and give each dad another important role in your day instead.