Your wedding day is the perfect opportunity to say thank you to your father, stepfather, or father figure, for being part of your life. Having him walk you down the aisle or lead you around the dance floor in a father-daughter dance are moments the two of you will never forget. On your wedding day, consider incorporating some of these other meaningful ways to honor your dad into the day.
Tuck a thank you note into his suit pocket
You may not consider him to be emotional, but on the wedding day, he’ll be experiencing a range of emotions. A simple thank you note is a heartfelt way to tell your dad how important he is to you. Surprise him while he’s getting dressed by tucking your note inside his suit jacket pocket. Or have a family member or friend deliver your note along with his wedding gift while he’s getting ready.
Ride with him to the ceremony
Whether you’re in a vintage sports car or a golf cart, ride with your dad to the ceremony. These few private moments alone together make 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.
Do a father-daughter first look
There’s nothing like the anticipation of a father waiting to see his daughter in her wedding dress on her wedding day for the first time. Savor this precious moment with him by sharing a father-daughter first look. This prewedding experience creates a lifetime memory and photos you’ll both cherish for years to come.
Use one of his wedding songs for your father-daughter dance
The father-daughter dance is a time-honored tradition for your dad at your wedding. Make this tradition your own by choosing 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. If you want to give your guests an extra surprise, take a few dance lessons together and learn a choreographed routine to perform at the reception.
Name a specialty drink after him
An unexpected way to honor your dad or father-in-law is to name a specialty 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 celebration.