Daddy’s Little Girl? Wedding Traditions & Gift Ideas For Your Fathers

In honor of Father’s Day, this Sunday ladies, we’re going to be chatting all about Dads today. We’ll cover what their traditional duties are and how you can honor him on your special day.

Image via White Truffle

If you’ve downloaded our free Planning Guide(click the button at the top of the page to download), you’ll already know that the traditional duties of the Father of the Bride are:

  • Traditionally the Bride’s family pays for the wedding ceremony and reception.
  • Participate in anything the bride requests.
  • Dress according to what the bride has requested.
  • Walk your lovely daughter down the aisle and give her away to her groom.
  • Give a toast at the wedding reception.
  • Dance with your daughter right after the bride and groom have their first dance.
  • Propose a toast to celebrate their union.

And the Father of the Groom should:

  • Assist in compiling guest list.
  • Purchase or rent wedding attire.
  • Pay for and host the rehearsal dinner.
  • Propose the first toast at the rehearsal dinner.
  • Stand to the left of the mother of the groom in the receiving line.
  • Pay for all beverages at the wedding reception

The Father of the Bride paying for the wedding has changed. We all know that the lines of these responsibilities have been blurred now that more and more Millineals, the generation born between 1979-2000, are paying for most if not some of the wedding costs. Especially in this down turned economy. So where does that leave your father?

If you and your dear hubby to be are taking care of most of the costs, consider asking your fathers what they’d like to contribute. Perhaps you only want to have them do the toasts and dances or maybe they’ll want to pay for your dress or the bar. You never know. The budget and who will pay for what is always one of the hardest conversations, in my opinion, when planning a wedding. You and your fiance should have a game plan when sitting down and be open minded. If you cannot help cover the cost of your dream wedding yourselves and your families give you a smaller budget, be prepared to find ways to cut costs. There are ways for you to have your dream wedding, you just may not be able to invite 300 guests. We can help with those budget saving ideas so be sure to come see us in the studio or simply search our blog for budget related posts.

Now that we’ve got the hard money part over, how can you help celebrate both of your fathers? After all, they did help raise your perfect match! Here are some of my favorite ideas!

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Images via Dana Marie Creations and Embroidery by Cathy both on Etsy

How about custom wedding hankies for your father and soon to be father In Law?

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Or what about this sweet custom artwork that can hold a wedding day photo of you and your father from The Sugared Plums also on Etsy.

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Image via Jaclyn Chapnick on Pinterest. I couldn’t find an original source so if someone knows who to give proper credit to, let us know.

If you father is now with you in spirit consider embroidering a piece of one of his favorite ties or even shirts to the outside or inside of your gown. You could also include a photo of past loved ones in your bouquet or simply reserve a seat in their honor.

So, how are you honoring your father on your wedding day? Share your ideas with us on our Facebook page!

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