Your daughter and future son-in-law just set the date for the wedding, so now its time to start preparing for your father of the bride duties. But what exactly are the duties a father of the bride is expected to perform traditionally? If you think you’re are lost here’s help for you.
The father of the bride holds a lot of responsibility on his daughter’s big day, and he is expected show his love and support on this day in the following ways:
The expenses of the wedding
The Bride’s mother and father traditionally pay for the bulk of the wedding, but today the bride and groom have been taking care of these expenses themselves. This is something that you might want to discuss with your daughter and future son-in-law before the wedding planning. Talk to them about how much money you are willing to contribute, and they should also talk to the groom’s parents as well.
The Giving Away of his daughter
This is one of the hardest things for the father of the bride because of its name. The fact that he is giving away his daughter, just doesn’t sit well with many fathers. The meaning of this is that you, as the father, are passing your responsibility of your daughter on to her future husband.
Hosts of Wedding and Reception
The father and mother of the bride need to act as formal hosts for the wedding and reception. They are expected to mingle and talk among all relatives and friends to make them all feel welcomed.
Rehearsal Dinner Speech
As father of the bride, one of your duties is to give a speech at the rehearsal dinner apart from the speech you need to give during the wedding reception. As father of the bride, it’s your opportunity to set the tone of the celebration for all the wedding festivities.
Father of the Bride Speech
The father of the bride speech is a very important part of the bride’s father’s duties. Traditionally father of the bride speeches are given ahead of all other wedding speeches that are likely to be made during the reception. You lead off a long list of speeches, and you are expected to give a formal and supportive speech. Just make sure that your speech is good enough to set the mood for the whole event.
Traditionally the bride and her father have a father daughter dance. There is normally a special song the two pick to dance to.
Well, that’s the list of the major duties and responsibilities that a bride’s father has to undertake. However, this list is not limiting by any means and there should be several other duties for the bride’s father depending on the tradition and cultural practices the family is accustomed to. So, it is advised that you talk to members of your extended family and check if this list is sufficient or there are a few more duties that have been left out.