5 Ways to Celebrate Your Dad at Your Wedding

It’s June, which means we’re in the month of Father’s Day and it’s time to honor all of the dads out there! Weddings traditionally focus on females…brides, their mothers, and their attendants. Dads often take a back seat in planning and participating in many wedding activities, but that doesn’t make them any less important on the wedding day. Today we’re sharing five ideas on how you can honor the important fathers and father-figures in your life at your wedding.

  1. Ask for “something old” from him. The tradition of “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, and Something Blue” remains important in today’s weddings. Ask your father for an item of his like a handkerchief or pocket watch that you can carry with you down the aisle. This is a sure way to touch his heart.
  2. Ask him to choose the song you’ll dance to. The father-daughter dance is another tradition where your father can play a big part. Ask him to choose the song you’ll dance to. If it’s important to you, you can give him some parameters (like it should be a slow song, or you would prefer a country song, for example). It can also be fun to just let him loose and be surprised on the big day.
  3. Give him something special. Giving your parents gifts on or around the wedding day is a kind and thoughtful gesture to thank them for everything they’ve done for you. This gift doesn’t have to be expensive, but it should be chosen with care. Think of your father and select a gift with special meaning, whether it’s a homemade slideshow you create of photos of the two of you, an engraved keepsake he can see every day, or tickets to a sporting event that you plan to attend with him.
  4. Reserve time with him before the ceremony. Your wedding day is going to pass in the blink of an eye. Once things start rolling, it can be hard to get alone-time with anyone. Arrange for a few minutes of privacy with your father before you walk down the aisle and be sure to thank him for all of his support.
  5. Honor him in a toast. Many fathers choose to give a toast for the happy couple during the wedding. Why not return the favor and toast him? You can be sure there won’t be a dry eye in the place.


If you have other suggestions on ways to honor dads at weddings, please leave us a comment so we can share them with our readers!

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