Ways to Honor Your Fathers in Your Wedding Ceremony

When it comes to weddings, mothers typically get all the love and attention.  It’s partially because they care more and want to be involved.  But, your fathers are pretty awesome too!  And while they do tend to hang back and go with the flow, it’s nice to find ways to include your fathers and honor them in your wedding as well.

Father daughter dance at a destination wedding reception in Hawaii by Jamie Chang destination wedding planner of Mango Muse Events.

(Photo credit: Christie Pham Photography)

One area I think is particularly nice to honor your fathers is in your wedding ceremony.  Because it’s the most emotional, personal and meaningful part of your wedding day.  And one easy way to include your fathers is by having them escort you down the aisle.  Now, contrary to popular belief this isn’t just reserved for the brides, but for grooms as well.

There is a moment that you have when you’re standing and getting ready to walk down the aisle.  You’re feeling anxious and excited.  You have butterflies and you lean into your dad to share this moment of excitement.  It’s special.  So, have your father walk by your side.  It’s a way to show your appreciation for all of his support and love.  And that you want him as a part of your new life.

But, if that doesn’t quite fit for you, there are other ways to include your father in your wedding ceremony.  One idea is you can have him be in your wedding party like this groom.

Wedding ceremony at a private estate in Hawaii by Destination wedding planner, Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Rachel Robertson Photography)

Or have him participate in your ceremony doing a reading or lighting a candle.  Or if he’s talented, he can sing a song for you like this father did.

Father of the bride singing a song for the bride and groom at a wedding ceremony in Healdsburg by Destination wedding planner, Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Deborah Laver Photography)

Now if you’re getting sad because your dad can’t physically be at your wedding, I understand that it can be hard.  But, there are still ways to honor him.  And you definitely should!  A few ideas are to carry something of his in your pocket, on your dress or in your bouquet.   This bride attached her father’s watch to her bouquet.

White wedding bouquet accented with the bride's mom's wedding dress and father's watch for a Hawaii destination wedding by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Emily Piraino)

Another idea is to display a photo of your father at the ceremony.  He’ll be literally watching over you as you get married which is sweet.

A photo of the father of the groom as a special remembrance at a Indian wedding by destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Bethany Carlson Photography)

There are so many different things you can do.  You can use these ideas or you can come up with what makes sense for you, but it’s nice to honor your fathers at your wedding ceremony.  It’s the most emotional and meaningful part of your wedding day.  Having them there whether physically or spiritually will mean a lot not only to you, but to them as well.

Now I’d love to hear from you!  How will you include your fathers in your wedding ceremony?  Please share it in a comment below.


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