...were you or do you plan to be "given away" at your wedding? I ask because it's quite contradictory to participate in a traditional wedding where the bride is given away by her father or parent for the husband to assume the leadership and provider role, only to have the wife deny that in her heart. I understand that people are taking out the word "obey" in their vows these days, so why hasn't that gesture been removed as well? It just seems that traditional weddings are big lies these days... where people undergo these gestures, symbols, and promises that they either don't have the foggiest what they mean or they could care less about living them out. Your thoughts?