It's easy for the mother of the bride to overshadow the father of the bride while wedding planning, but dads know a thing or two about tying the knot, too! Here, we asked a few brides to share the advice that their fathers gave them about planning a wedding and getting married. Because, you know, father knows best.
"My dad said on the days I don't feel happy that I shouldn't push my husband away, but let him love me more. It's worked out very well, especially for a girl who likes to find a corner and pout." * — Amy F.*
"Dad told me there would be times where I did 99 percent of the work — and he was right!" — Jobeth M.
"My father and I both suffer from anxiety. As he walked me down the aisle he said if I passed out he'd pass out with me! That joke eased the tension for sure." — Pam P.
"Out of all the advice I got before the wedding — a time when emotions are running rampant — dad gave me the best. It was not a big speech nor was it full of complexity. He said it twice — once, around a week before the big day when I was having a meltdown; the second time on my wedding day: 'It's only one day.' This helped me realize all the stress that comes with planning a wedding is not the point. Even though the wedding was a fabulous day, it was just one day. It put everything into perspective." — Leah M.
"From now on you should side with your husband, not your mother and me!" — Tina E.
Sherry Amatenstein is a New York City-based marriage therapist and author.