A wedding is about celebrating with those you love—and two VIPs in attendance will likely be your fathers, the men who have raised you and the one you love the most. So if you and your partner are lucky enough to have such significant figures in your life, take a moment to recognize how special their presence is on the big day. After all, its a remarkable thing to be able to share this milestone with them, which, perhaps, is why there are so many wedding-day traditions that include dear dad. As a bride, it's practice to have your father walk you down the aisle, which we love, but remember it's cool to invite mom, too. Then, of course, there's the vision of dad swinging you around the dance floor as your song plays, a moment some little girls dream of.
A groom also has chances to include his father, whether that's tapping him as best man, including him in the getting-ready suite, or giving him the floor at the reception. But remember: This day is about you and your individual relationships. So cater the special moments to that! For instance, if you're a father yourself, maybe you decide to include your children in the ceremony by having them do a reading or stand by your side.
Keep reading to see how couples from real weddings included their dads in their special days. In the gallery below, you'll see smiles, tears, and plenty of laughter, so we suggest you first take notes for your own photo shot list. (That way, you'll have enough #HFD #TBTs for years.) Oh, and you better grab a box of tissues while you're at it because these picture-perfect moments are just the sweetest!