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During and before Chief O'Brien and Keiko's wedding, Data is both referred to as, and performs the traditional duties of, father of the bride. I'm not aware of it being commonplace in our timeline for a mere friend of the bride to serve in this role - is it perhaps because:

  • Keiko's father, Hiro, was dead (he doesn't appear to be), or
  • Keiko's parents were simply unable to attend the wedding, or
  • It has become a purely ceremonial role, which any male close to the bride can fill

Or something else altogether?

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You're partially correct: Keiko's father, Hiro, was unable to attend the wedding as it was in deep space and as Data introduced Keiko & Miles he was asked to share this special day with them.

Data, not being what you might call best friends with either, still had a huge part in both of their lives by bringing them together. As standing at their side was out, for the aforementioned not BFFs, as was officiating which is the Captain's duty. All that was left would be walking the bride to the altar or "giving away the bride."

Giving away the bride is an antiquated tradition from the days when women were their father's property until they got married and became their husband's property. Today parents or families instead give their blessings in traditional and non-traditional ways where the bride may be walked down the aisle, sometimes by both parents or by a close relative.

Since that is the case today it is not hard to understand Keiko's request to Data would represents her life on the Enterprise prior to starting a family with Chief O'Brien. Data, her analytical confidant of whom she closely associates with her next step in life, would be the best of the choices at hand if she feels she would like to carry on that tradition.

  • How do you know that her father was in deep space? – Valorum Jan 25 '14 at 11:58
  • I do know that the tradition in its original form is antiquated, but I'd never encountered anyone other than a parent or relative do it in our time, hence my curiosity. Good answer, thanks. Richard, I believe Hikaru is referring to the wedding itself being in deep space, as it was. – k0nane Jan 25 '14 at 12:37
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    @Richard -k0nane's correct, I was referring to the wedding being in deep space. Near the Romulan Neutral Zone, from what I recall. – Hikaru Ichijyo Jan 27 '14 at 4:04
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    @HikaruIchijyo - Without any references, I've yet to be convinced that this is anything more than your own opinion. – Valorum Jan 27 '14 at 20:11
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    @ Hikaru & Co. - I have one for you: Chloe asked Clark to give her away when she was getting married in Smallville Season 8 (which I am watching right now, don't judge me... I know it's not a very good show but I've made it this far). – 22nd Century Fza Feb 2 '14 at 10:31

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