So the day has come; your little girl is getting married. While you're probably feeling a range of emotions, you might also be wondering what comes with the responsibility of being father of the bride. Rest assured, there are no hard and fast rules as to what being a father of the bride entails. Instead, it's important to ask your daughter how she'd like you take part on the big day. To give you and your daughter some ideas, we've listed the typical father of the bride duties.
Help pay for the wedding
Traditionally, it is the father of the bride's responsibility to pay for the wedding. These days however this isn't always the case. Instead, often a mix of both parents and the bride and groom contribute to the bill, or the bride and groom pay for everything themselves. Nevertheless, if you can afford to contribute finances to the day, it's nice to make the offer.
Travel with the bride to the venue
One of the more tricky father of the bride tasks, it's your responsibility to make sure the bride arrives at the venue on time! This is of course, easier said than done, but there are some things you can do to help.
While the bride is getting ready, make sure the wedding transportation is running on time and ready to go. Also, it's a good idea to keep everyone regularly updated on the time and when everyone needs to leave. And, when the bride is ready to depart, it is your job to help her in and out of the wedding transport.
Walk the bride down the aisle
The duty we're sure you've probably been waiting for, walking your daughter down the aisle is a very special moment in any father's life. To make sure it all goes smoothly, be sure to have a wedding rehearsal in advance where you can work out when you need to make your entrance and how fast you need to walk down the aisle.
Make a speech
Traditionally, the father of the bride is the first to make a speech at the ceremony, so you'll want to make sure you do a great job. This is your opportunity to welcome guests, thank everyone for coming, and tell a few stories about your little girl. For more tips, see our step-by-step guide to making a father of the bride speech.
Take part in the father daughter dance
A beautiful tradition that is sure to bring a tear to your eye, the father daughter dance is the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with your daughter on her big day. To help make it extra special, pick out a father daughter dance song in advance to ensure you get the moves right.
Play host at the end of the night
With the bride and groom no doubt partying the night away, as father of the bride you need to help make sure everything is wrapped up at the end of the evening. Before the end of the night, check to make sure all of the vendors have been paid and that the wedding presents have been taken from the venue. It's also customary to say goodbye to all of the guests, leaving the bride and groom to enjoy themselves.