DFW Wedding Planning | Father/Daughter Moments
With Father’s Day just around the corner (yes, mark those calendars!), we’re showcasing one of the most important people present on the wedding day: your dad! How many of us dream of that special moment: the bride’s grand entrance on the aisle, hand-in-hand with her beloved father. There’s nothing quite like a father/daughter relationship… and for Dad, giving away his little girl can be such a bittersweet moment. Luckily, he can rest assured that you’ve found a lifelong happiness with your husband-to-be!
We know how much you care about your dad, especially on a milestone occasion as monumental as your wedding day. That’s why we’re posting our favorite ways to acknowledge Dad on the big day:
- Do a First Look… with Dad! You’ve heard all about the ever-popular “First Look” with your fiancé… but what about a First Look with Dad? Our DFW wedding planning team loves this tradition! Make a plan with your photographer to do a “big reveal” of your bridal look to your father. Trust us, the emotion and joy captured in these photos will having you tearing up for years to come!
- Something Borrowed/Blue: Let Dad contribute to your bridal accessories with something borrowed or something blue. The possibilities are endless!… Perhaps his blue handkerchief, or a swatch of his blue dress shirt sewn into your gown lining. He will be touched by whatever you choose—and you’ll be glad to have a memento of his love as you walk down the aisle.
- Father/Daughter Dance: A classic father/daughter wedding moment! And, if we must confess, the wedding-day moment that almost always makes us tear up. Better yet? Offer Dad the opportunity to pick your father/daughter dance song. You’re guaranteed to remember his song selection for a lifetime.
- Write a Thank You Letter: Nothing is quite as heartfelt as a handwritten letter—and what better opportunity than your wedding day to thank Dad in writing. Express your love and gratitude in a handwritten note, prepared to deliver to your father on the wedding day. Don’t forget to ask the photographer to capture his expression when he opens the envelope!
- Program Note: For a public acknowledgement of Dad’s love and support, consider adding a brief note to the bottom of your ceremony program. “The Bride and Groom wish to thank their parents for their unconditional love, unwavering support, and inspirational examples of marriage. We are honored to tie the knot with you by our side.”
- Welcome or Blessing: Give Dad the honor of a short public speech like a welcome or opening blessing at the reception. You’ll never forget his words of love and wisdom!
- Raise a Toast: Consider publicly acknowledging your father with a brief toast to thank him for his support. You may wish to raise your glass in a more intimate setting, like at the rehearsal dinner. You can also let your groom do the honors by toasting his soon-to-be father-in-law!
Any gesture, grand or small, will mean so much to your dad if it comes from the heart. Your wedding is the perfect opportunity to acknowledge his love and support. After all, it’s a big day for him too!
Thank you to all the fathers of the bride out there. We are honored that you entrust us with your daughter’s special day, and we couldn’t do it without you. There’s nothing more special than a heartfelt father/daughter moment on her wedding day.
Need more ideas? Feel free to reach out to our DFW wedding planning team! As planners, we love to meet our couples’ families and incorporate their honored loved ones into the wedding day. It is such a special occasion for everyone–and the smiles on their faces are a clear reminder of why we love what we do.