The father of the bride has an important role at his daughter's wedding. He's supposed to walk her down the aisle and "give the bride away," and much of the time, he's also helping to pay the tab. For some dads, this is where the responsibility ends.
With that said, the father of the bride is in for a whirlwind in his home and life in the months and weeks leading up to his daughter's big day, and the stress that comes with wedding planning for his wife will definitely affect him too.
Here's some of what dad can expect when his little girl is getting ready to say "I do" soon:
1. Expect your usually easy-going daughter to become a fashionista when it comes to her father's wedding wardrobe.
Your favorite sloppy Docksiders probably shouldn't even make an appearance that week. Go with it. It's one day and you're making her happy.
2. You will be asked to run little errands to stores that you've never heard of to buy things you are unfamiliar with.
Don't fight it — consider it educational. Do your best to be helpful and take whatever lists you're handed and fulfill them.
3. Even if the mother of the bride usually has a great relationship with all the family on both sides, expect her to be ready to get annoyed with relatives.
Whether they're just aggravating her with questions or inserting unwanted opinions, it will make her nuts. And even though she should know your sister always involves herself where she should not, don't be surprised if your wife takes this to an entirely new level of offense during wedding planning.
4. Your daughter has always appeared to be emotionally balanced and reasonable, but in the last couple months before her wedding, she may turn into a creature you don't remember raising for the past 20-plus years.
It's okay — that's still your baby girl. The stress of wedding planning may turn her into a demanding bridezilla for a little bit, but when it's all over, she'll return to normal.
5. Wedding talk will run the house.
Invitations, dresses, décor are your major topics of discussion. Keep sane by remembering there is an end date coming.
Owner of Weddings in Vieques, a destination-wedding planning company off the coast of Puerto Rico, Sandy Malone has helped countless couples plan their big day since 2007.