June 14th, 2011
With Father’s Day quickly approaching, we wanted to write a post dedicated to all of the Dads out there.
It’s important to keep Dad in the wedding planning loop so that he doesn’t just feel like a bottomless cash machine! Don’t forget, your wedding day is a big day for him too. Keeping him involved in decisions will make him feel a part of the process and, if he is helping to pay for the wedding, will make writing those checks a little easier.
We’ve put together some fun ways that Dad can get involved and weigh in on some of the decisions during the planning process:
the dancing dad
Does your Dad have really great taste in music? Let your Father screen some DJs or bands for you to choose from – and then maybe even let him work closely to help choose the evening’s playlist!
Brides and grooms typically head to a few dance lessons before the big day – why not bring along your Father as well to prep for the traditional Father-Daughter dance? He can brush up on his moves as well as spend some extra time with you in the midst of all the planning. Choosing the song for your dance will also be a great way to spend time with Dad.
the chatty dad
Another great tradition is the toast traditionally given at the wedding reception, by the Father of the Bride. If your Father decides to make his speech at the rehearsal dinner in a more casual setting, maybe he’ll even want to put together a slide show with pictures of you growing up or include music. Getting Dad to think about this early will give him an opportunity to reminisce with you about your relationship, the first time he met your fiance, etc.
the cooking dad
If your Father is a great cook, then let him be involved in the caterer and menu selection. Perhaps he is a connoisseur of wine and cocktails and can also weigh in on the bar. Playing to his strengths could result in some unique ideas that you would not have originally thought of and make him feel really special in the meantime.
However you decide to involve your Father, he’s surely going to love being a part of the process – it’s a great way for him to show everyone just how much he cares for you.
How are you involving Dad in your wedding day? We’d love to hear!