How To Include Your Dad Into Your Wedding Day

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5 Ways to Include Your Dad Into Your Wedding Day Festivities

Your wedding day is a celebration of you and your partner but, so many of my couples want to make their parents feel special as well. In honor of Father’s Day, here are a few ways you can include your dad into your wedding day! (For even more ideas, I wrote about ways to incorporate your mom into your wedding day here.)

Royal Inspired Vineyard Wedding at Triunfo Creek Vineyards, bride entrance, ways to include your dad into your wedding day
Photo by: Lynn Bagley Photography

Get Ready Together

Fall Wedding at Triunfo Creek Vineyards, groom getting ready
Photo by: Palms & Pines Photography

This first tip is geared a little more towards grooms but, please invite your dad to get ready with you! You’ll have all your groomsmen by your side, cheering you on before you embark on this big chapter but I bet your dad would love to see you in this light. What a sweet and easy way to include your dad into your wedding and it will also make for some photo opportunities you can cherish together!

Do A First Look

Calamigos Ranch Wedding, bride and father of the bride first look
Photo by: Nicole Chow Photography

I’m a huge fan of incorporating a first look into your photograph list. It’s a special moment with your soon-to-be-spouse, but you don’t have to reserve a first look for just you and your partner. Think of revealing your final look to just your dad before you take formal family portraits. Cue all the tears! It’s a really special moment you can have with your dad!

Wear Something Matching Or An Heirloom 

A Romantic Fall Wedding at Maravilla Gardens, groom detail shots
Photo by: Jenny Quicksall

Does your dad still have the cufflinks from his wedding or maybe a vintage watch? Or a handkerchief that you can tuck into your bouquet for happy tears? Wearing a family heirloom passed down from your father, or your father’s-father, gives a unique connection that just you two share and can be your “something borrowed”. If there’s not an heirloom, considering matching a piece of clothing like socks or a ribbon on your bouquet or on your suit to his suit tie. 

Leave A Seat Open

Sogno del fiore wedding ceremony in Santa Ynez winery with black chivari chairs and white flowers, reserved chair sign for deceased family member
Photo by: Anna J Photography

For the fathers that are unfortunately no longer with us, displaying photos and/or setting aside an empty chair for them during the ceremony or reception is a sweet way to have their memory a part of your big day.

Dedicate a special song or toast

Sogno del fiore wedding reception in Santa Ynez winery, bride and groom toasts, all white flower centerpieces
Photo by: Anna J Photography

Your parents may already be planning on giving a toast at your wedding, but how special would it be if you took time to thank them back? I love it when couples take a moment to give a “thank you” speech to all their guests, and I think taking time to give special thank your parents is always a great gesture. If your dad isn’t one for speeches, find out what your dad’s favorite song is and play it during your reception as a special dedication to him. It’ll be sure to get him on the dance floor! 

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads, stepdads, grandfathers, uncles and other father figures in your life! You’re our heroes and we love you!

If you’re ready to start planning your dream wedding day and ways to thank your dad, click the contact button on my homepage here and let’s set some time to chat! 

Feathered Arrow Signature Kari Dirksen


Expert Party Planner, Podcaster, and Creative Entrepreneur.

I'm a creative entrepreneur at heart and have been running my business for over 10 years and have planned and executed over 150+ weddings. I'm an expert in this industry and care deeply about my clients and making sure they have the best experience. I just launched a podcast with my work wife, Gabby Pinkerton of Cause We Can Events, called Just Another Biz Podcast! Go check it out!

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