What the Father Should Do When Someone Else Gives His Daughter Away


Sometimes, what might seem like the clear-cut family roles in a wedding aren't so clear after all. With many blended families, divorce, and more, the traditional roles no longer apply. Take the father giving his daughter away. Today a bride may have more than one father or no father at all. What about if her mom remarries and she's closer to a big brother? Or, if she has kids and wants her sons to accompany her down the aisle. There are plenty of reasons why a father may no longer give his little girl away. If that's the case, here's what he can do on the big day instead.

First thing's first: Family is what you make it, and on a bride's big day the roles are completely of her choosing according to what fits her specific family. Tradition should never make her feel stressed out, overwhelmed, or upset. That being said, should she choose to forgo her biological father for a stepfather or someone else, he needs to keep his composure and understand. Obviously, the first thing he should do is just be proud of his daughter and tell the guests about it. He can stand in the receiving line, and also play host, greeting guests and bragging to them about how much his little girl has grown up and how he can't believe she just got married. He can also give a toast and have a dance with the bride at the reception. Whatever way the bride feels best to honor her father (or fathers) he should accept with a smile on his face!

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