Dads play a very special role in our lives. They are there for all the big and small moments we go through. They were there to watch you take your first steps, send you off to your first high school dance, and give you a shoulder to cry on after a hard day. All the big and small moments that have shaped you and made you the person you are today, couldn’t have been done without your dad. It’s important to show the man who loved you first how much you appreciate him with adding some personal touches in your wedding day. Whether that is letting him walk you down the aisle, giving him a gift, or asking him to make a speech. Here are some special ways to show him some love on your wedding day.
Walking down the aisle – Traditionally, dads have walked their daughters down the aisle. If your dad has passed away, ask a close family member to walk you, or walk yourself! Here are some cute photos where dads have walked their daughters down the aisle.
First Look – It’s very common to do a first look with your partner to see each other before the ceremony. We also love the idea of doing a first look photo with your dad! This is the perfect time to get some sweet candids of your dad seeing you all dressed up before you officially become a Mrs.
Give him a personalized gift – Our past brides have surprised their dads with special mementos, and even ones that they can use or wear on the wedding day!
Father-Daugher Dance – A father-daughter dance always brings tears to our eyes! Some of our favorite songs for father/daughter dances are, “I Loved Her First”, “My Wish”, “My Little Girl”, and “There Goes My Life”. If you don’t want a slow song, choose an upbeat one or talk with the DJ about remixing the song into a fast song. We also love to see a choreographed dance!
Give a Toast – Ask your dad to give a toast! This will give them a chance to tell some cute and funny stories about you, and welcome your new spouse into the family.
Honor his memory – If your dad can’t be physically present on your wedding day, he will definitely be there in spirit. You can set aside a place at your reception or reserve a front-row seat at the ceremony for him. Place a beautifully framed photo, a lovely floral arrangement, and perhaps a glowing candle to honor his memory.
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