I've read about the not so distant past when a bride was delivered from the household of her father to the household she'd make with her husband. In some cultures it's still the practice. Hence that the "losing a daughter..." saying exists. Lost daughter, gained sons. The reality of joining two people together to form a new family has changed a lot.
In large woman no longer weep as they depart their childhood homes and leave their families behind. We lucky ladies now join the families we were born in with the families of our significant others. We make a bigger stronger support system. We are where we come from and where we're going. It's a wonderful thing.
It's not a day for the bride or even the couple to celebrate as much as two families that are joining because of love. My wedding won't have a bride's side and a groom's side. Everyone's going to sit to together. Their common ground is Mike and I so why be separated on our wedding day?