Father of the bride duties are important – your dad is a big part of your wedding day and should be made to feel like it too. Here are some top tips to get him involved…

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Father of the Bride Duties: Things Your Dad can do for you


Is your dad contributing to your wedding? Well, once upon a time it was traditional for the father of the bride to pay for the wedding. Thankfully, we’ve moved on from those days but if your dad is contributing to your wedding, have the conversation with him to establish budget and boundaries.


Men like cars and why not feed that cliche by giving your dad the responsibility of overseeing the transport on your wedding day? Ask your dad to manage your wedding cars/transport to ensure it arrives on time to take you to your wedding.

It’s the father’s responsibility to get the bride to the ceremony on time, make sure he is on top of the timings and wedding schedule so you don’t leave your groom waiting.

At church ceremonies, the father of the bride gives his daughter away. He will usually escort his daughter down the aisle before handing her over to her groom, a tradition that many fathers and brides choose to keep.

Father of the Bride Speech

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The father of the bride’s speech should thank guests for coming, offer some humorous and touching stories about his daughter’s life, welcome his son-in-law into the family and offer a toast to the bride and groom. This can often be the only chance the father of the bride gets to publically thank the guests. Have fun with tailoring it to you and your daughter’s unique relationship.

Remaining Responsibilities

The bride’s parents are traditionally the hosts of the wedding breakfast and reception. Usually, mum and dad are the first two people to greet guests. These days it’s more relaxed and everyone is left to mingle. Your dad may want to choose this time to introduce himself to your guests and ensure everyone has a drink.

Traditionally the last to leave, the father of the bride ensures that everyone leaves the venue safely. He will make sure all suppliers are paid and that any wedding gifts are taken and stored safely.


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