Traditionally, the father of the bride had two tasks - pay for and show up for the wedding. But not any more.
Today, fathers are taking a much more active role in their daughter's weddings.
While many fathers may not automatically think to offer to help with the planning of their daughter's wedding, there are many ways to help get them involved.
Ways to include your father in the planning:
While the bride and groom will decide on the wedding party's attire, you can still check with your daughter and give any suggestions you may have on appropriate attire.If you need to buy or rent a tuxedo, be sure to allow plenty of time to ensure availability.
As the bride's father, you will be required to attend many of the pre-wedding parties. This may include an engagement party, a couple's wedding shower, the bachelor party, and the rehearsal dinner.
The parents of the bride often host an engagement party. However, this is not a have-to-have event. Whether to have one is you, your wife, and your daughter's decision.
An engagement party is often a great time to get to know your daughter's future in-laws.
Many brides are choosing to have a couple's shower, instead of the traditional women-only affair.
If this is the case, you will be required to attend. But don't worry! A couple's shower is a lot of fun for everyone.
Sometimes the groom will invite his father and the bride's father to the bachelor party. However, don't assume that you are invited and don't be offended if you are not.
This pre-wedding dinner is traditionally held after the ceremony rehearsal, which is usually on the night before the wedding.
You will be required to attend the rehearsal and dinner and give a toast welcoming the groom into the family.
From walking down the aisle to giving a toast at the reception, there are many traditional duties and responsibilities that involve the bride's father during the wedding and the reception.
Some of these duties are:
While happiness will intermingle with sadness, the memories from this special day will be some of the most wonderful that you and your daughter will ever share together.
During this hectic and exciting day, don't forget to remind your daughter just how special she is to you and be sure to tell her often that she is the most beautiful bride in the world.