I am really laughing at my stray thoughts. Now someone leads a bride down the aisle to meet her prospective husband but there was a time not so long ago when the bride was 'given away', usually by her father to her about to be husband who then took over ownership. Well, that is what it sounds like to me.
How extraordinary! Were you a possession who was given away by your father to a man who you would love, honour and obey?
Actually, it is not very funny at all and that I can remember it happening in my lifetime is just extraordinary.