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The Roles Of The Brides Father


The Father of the Bride is the lucky man who's watched his little girl grow up, much quicker than he could ever imagine, and turn into a beautiful young woman that he is proud and honoured to call his daughter.

The Father of the Bride

The role of the Father of the Bride should, as you might have guessed, be taken up by the Bride’s father, although it is not uncommon for another ‘fatherly figure’ to fill the void should that role be vacant for one reason or another. Whether it is the Bride’s actual father or a suitable replacement, the characteristics of any great Father of the Bride are compassion, dignity, kindness, understanding and love.

Main Father of the Bride Duties

When it come down to Father of the Bride duties and responsibilities, there is more to do than simply putting writing out and endless stream of cheques – although it might not seem like it at this precise moment in time! The responsibilities that the Father of the Bride will undertake will differ greatly from wedding to wedding, but traditionally they will carry out eight main Father of the Bride duties:


Liaising with their daughter and her partner to see how they wish to go about funding the wedding and offering to pay for certain items (our Wedding Who Pays? article outlines the typical costs that may fall your way)


Travelling with the Bride to the wedding ceremony.


Accompanying the Bride down the aisle.


If necessary, travelling with the Bride’s Mother from the ceremony venue to the reception venue.


Standing in the receiving line alongside the Bride.


Making the first of the wedding speeches


As part of the ‘first dance’, dancing with the Bride’s mother when invited onto the floor.


Sharing a father-daughter dance at the wedding reception to a meaningful song chosen together.