Fatherhood really is an odd experience. It can really mess with your sense of time. One moment, your daughter is just learning how to walk. The next moment, they’re planning to walk down the aisle. Blink and you’ll miss it, so try to enjoy every step of the way. You’ll have mixed feelings when your daughter gets married. You’ll be sad they’re no longer your little girl, but you’ll be happy that they’re beginning an important phase of their life.
And it’s not like you’ll be sitting on the sidelines during their big day. You can play an important supportive role both before and during the wedding. In this post, we’ll look at some tried and tested methods that fathers can adopt to ensure their daughters’ wedding day is as perfect as possible.
Provide Some Financial Support
In the old days, the father of the bride would pay for the entire wedding. But that’s not realistic today (for most people, anyway). Weddings have become unbelievably expensive, so unless you’re super rich, it’s unlikely that you’ll be paying for the whole thing. Still, you can very much make a contribution. It’ll be very much appreciated by your daughter and her partner.
If you’ve been married yourself, then you’ll know just how complicated it can be to organize an entire wedding. There are so many things that need to be done. While you can’t try on wedding dresses and the like, there will be a bunch of errands that you can help out with. Does something need to be picked up from the florist or caterer? Is a friend visiting from out of town and needs somewhere to stay? These are opportunities for you to step up and lend a helping hand. Basically, whatever they need, if you can provide it, then do it.
Nail the Speech
You’ll have a lot of duties on the wedding day. Most of them involve you really just being there. But there’s one that will require some work: the father of the bride speech. Without putting too much pressure on you: this is one of the most important parts of the day, so it’s important to get it right. Be sure to read up on some father of the bride speech tips, and practice, practice, practice in the weeks running up to the big day. A great speech makes people laugh and cry, and may well be the part of the day that your daughter remembers the most.
People will be coming from far and wide for your daughters’ wedding. There’ll be people you’ve known since they were kids, people you’ve met once or twice, and many others that you haven’t met before. Take the time to do the rounds and speak to your daughter’s friends. They’ll be delighted to speak to you. Plus, as a member of the inner circle, your social interactions can go a long way towards helping people feel welcomed at the event. Other than this? Just enjoy it!