Great Ways to Include Your Dad

Father’s Day is less than a week away and that has us thinking about dads and how to include them in your wedding. There are traditional options, but don’t be afraid to get a bit more creative, too.

The traditional choice is to have your dad walk you down the aisle and give you away. This is a ceremonial way of him giving your hand in marriage to your fiance, showing he approves of the union.


Another popular way of including your dad is through a father-daughter dance. This is done during the reception, usually after the first dance. It offers you a special moment together and is often a highly emotional event for everyone!

If you’re looking for something less traditional, there are still many choices available. You can include something that belongs to your dad as part of your attire. A tie pin can be a great addition to your bouquet, or he might even let you turn a pair of cufflinks into a special pair of earrings.

For brides who have a dad and step-dad, the challenge is to balance the roles of both men at the wedding. Depending on their relationship with you, and each other, you can split the normal “dad duties” or work with them to create a special part of the ceremony that acknowledges both of them.

One thing that every dad can help with in the wedding planning is finding the perfect wedding venue. If you need a venue for your Northern Virginia wedding, come visit the Black Horse Inn with your dad! Give us a call to find out more!


Photo: Flickr/Simon Powell


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