March 25, 2023

For many brides, walking down the aisle to their future partner is one of the most memorable moments of their wedding day. They’re embarking on a long-term commitment to share their love with the person that means the most to them. This is just one of the many reasons why brides cherish whoever walks them down the aisle.

In January 2022, a dad went to Reddit to share his frustrations about his 22-year-old daughter, Chloe, and ask users for their advice on what he should do. Like most brides, Chloe wanted her dad to walk her down the aisle. However, her situation was a bit unique, as she wanted her biological father and her stepdad to both walk her down the aisle together.

The dad explained how he and Chloe had an estranged relationship but had been working on rebuilding it in the past few years. He was never married to her mother, and the mom ended up marrying someone when Chloe was 5.

Chloe viewed her stepdad as a fatherly figure since he had been part of her life for 22 years, but her biological father was extremely upset that she wanted both of them to walk her down the aisle. He essentially gave his daughter an ultimatum, as he would not allow her to make both of them walk her down the aisle together.

This has since resulted in plenty of arguments within the family, especially between the father and Chloe’s mom. Even Redditors were frustrated with the way the events seemed to be unfolding.

Starting off his Reddit post, the original poster (OP) talked about his relationship with his daughter. He began trying to rebuild a relationship with Chloe when she was 16, after not having been in her life for a very long time. Chloe’s stepdad is technically her legal parent, but OP has continued to work on his bond with his daughter.

OP explained, “Chloe’s getting married come February. I was taken aback when she told me she was considering having me AND her stepdad walk her down the aisle. I went to have a conversation with her to talk about how uncomfortable I was with this idea.”

Chloe explained that her stepdad played a huge role in her life, so it was important to have him in the wedding. “I told her of course and I absolutely won’t invalidate her feelings or deny how much of a good influence her stepdad’s been, but I just don’t feel comfortable with it and told her it’d be OK if I was just a guest there, but she said she wants me to be part of this so bad,” OP said. “I said it’s either me or her stepdad because there is no way I’m doing this with him.”

This caused a huge rift between OP and Chloe, as she was upset at her father for making her have to choose. “She complained about how I was ruining her wedding and making it about my resentment toward her stepdad,” OP said. “The argument escalated to the point where I said I won’t come to the wedding if she continues to force the issue.”

The arguments didn’t end there, though. OP continued, “Her mom contacted me calling me selfish, jealous, spiteful and whatnot claiming I was willing to hurt Chloe’s feelings out of spite just because she dared show appreciation for the man who stepped up and was more of (a) parent to her more than I’ll ever be.”

Since then, Chloe hasn’t talked to her father. He tried to talk to her fiancé, but the fiancé just said that Chloe felt like OP was putting his feelings above hers. “He advised me to do this one thing for her since it’s important, but I’m feeling uneasy even thinking about (it) so I don’t think I’ll ever be OK with it,” OP admitted.

Redditors were not happy with OP’s attitude toward the situation and called him out for how he was acting. They encouraged him to reconsider and do something nice for his daughter. One user commented, “How selfish are you? Put your ego aside for a short time to make your daughter’s wedding as special as it can be.”

Another user said, “Walking down the aisle takes, what, 90 seconds? You can’t make someone else’s feelings and wishes a priority on one of the most important days of her life for 90 seconds? You can’t manage to pull yourself together for a single act of love for your daughter for 90 seconds? IT’s truly worth it to you to destroy whatever relationship you’ve managed to build with your daughter, and whatever chance you have at having her respect for the rest of your life, because you’re not willing to be ‘uncomfortable’ for 90 seconds?”

Do you think this father’s feelings are valid? Or should he take the Redditors’ advice? Let us know, and be sure to pass this along to your family and friends, too.

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