5 Meaningful Ways to Honor Your Dad at Your Wedding

Your wedding day (and of course, Father’s Day) is the perfect opportunity to say thank you to your dad for being a part of your life. He’ll be by your side as you walk down the aisle and lead you around the dance floor during the father-daughter dance. But those aren’t the only ways to honor your dad at your wedding.

How to include your dad in your wedding day

Every relationship between a father and his daughter is different. Some men don’t mind being in the spotlight, while others are more private. Your dad may be sentimental and your groom’s father might not be. No matter what type of man he is, you can show your dad how loved he is. Here are five meaningful ways to honor your dad at your wedding.

father of the bride wearing a black tux reading at wedding reception
Photography by Lauren Fair Associates

01. Tuck a thank you note into his suit pocket

Whether he’s sentimental or not, he’ll definitely have wedding day emotions. A simple thank you note is one of the easiest, most heartfelt ways to tell your dad how important he is to you. Tucking it in his suit jacket pocket will definitely be a surprise and allow him a private moment alone to read it. Or have a family member or friend deliver the note along with his wedding day gift when he’s getting ready.

father of the groom and groom wearing black tuxes
Photography by Lauren Fair Associates

02. Ride with him to the ceremony

Whether you ride in a vintage sports car or in a gold cart, ride with your dad to the ceremony. This way you can share a few private moments alone and it makes the process of giving you away even sweeter. He’ll love having the chance to pass on any last words of advice or to help calm your nerves.

Photography by Fernando Weberich

03. Do a father daughter first look

There’s nothing like seeing his daughter in her wedding dress on her wedding day. Let him soak in this precious moment by doing a father-daughter first look. Just make sure you have the tissues handy because there will be lots of happy tears. It’s a magical moment and these first look photos are sure to be ones you’ll both cherish for years to come.

bride wearing lace wedding dress dancing with father wearing black tuxedo
Photography by Lauren Fair Associates

04. Use a song from his wedding for your father-daughter dance

The father-daughter dance is a beautiful way to honor your dad at your wedding. Why not start your own version of this time honored tradition? Choose a meaningful song from his wedding for the two of you to dance to. He’ll love reliving something from his special day and creating new memories with you at the same time. It’s a fun way to make the tradition unique to you and your family. Don’t forget you can always do a mother-daughter dance too! 

wedding reception bar with pop fizz clink sign
Photography by Fernando Weberich

05. Name a signature cocktail after him

Signature cocktails are a great way to bring personality to your wedding. An unexpected way to honor your dad or father-in-law is to name a signature drink after him! Being able to share his favorite cocktail with your guests is sure to bring a smile to his face.

Or you can name a cocktail after the men who are no longer with you. It’s a beautiful way to pay them tribute and incorporate their legacy into your wedding day.

5 meaningful ways to honor your dad at your wedding

Honor your dad at your wedding

Whether he’s the father of the bride or the father of the groom, your dad plays a big role in the wedding day. Taking time during all the festivities to show your appreciation for all he’s done is important. If he’s not a fan of attention, share a private moment with him. Or let him steal the spotlight with his sweet dance moves. No matter what you do to honor your dad at your wedding, it will mean the world to him.

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