Let’s hear it for the dads! Outside of the groom, what man has more joy on the wedding day than a father?
Whether you decide to fall in step with typical traditions and enjoy being “given away” by dear ol’ dad, or you choose to honor your relationship less conventionally, a daddy-daughter moment will always create a heart-warming picture.
There are endless ways to bring your dad in for a special moment or two on the wedding day, and if you’re looking for some inspiration… well, friend, we’ve got some totally emotional father of the bride pictures that will melt your heart!
Traditional Father-Daughter Wedding Moments
There are a few key events that, if you’re going for a more traditional approach, you’ll want to include to make sure you get your moment with your dad.
A wedding day is just one emotional moment after another. It’s a real tear-jerker. But one that undeniably stands out is when Dad gives a speech!
He’s got the goods on you, too. Yes, I’m sure he’ll “spice things up” with a few dad jokes (he can’t help himself), but you’re his baby girl, and you can bet he’ll be coming in hot with some emotional memories.
I’m not crying. You’re crying!
That hug you and your dad share after he sees you for the first time in your wedding dress?? I mean, c’mon.
A beautiful bride plus her dad losing it over how gorgeous she looks? That’s one for the books. Your wedding album, more specifically.
And speaking of, not all first looks are with the bride and groom. Sometimes you just need a tender moment with your dad before the ceremony.
This is the man who raised you (I assume). He’s your literal day one. And setting aside some time to let him enjoy the moment is a true gift.
Down the Aisle
If you don’t look too much into the history of this tradition, then a dad “giving away” his daughter can be one of the most significant moments of the wedding day.
It can be a heartwarming moment when your dad accepts your partner as one of the family.
I mean, stop. A daddy-daughter dance? What’s more classic than that? Even if Pops has two left feet, grab him and get out on the dance floor.
It’s a moment you won’t want to miss.
The Biggest Smile
You and your dad, arm in arm, walking toward your future. It’s a gorgeous picture, and you can bet that your dad is going to keep that smile stuck on his face for days.
Elissa Deline of Elissa Deline Photography nailed the emotion of this moment. This father can’t help but wear his heart on his sleeve as he hugs his daughter one last time before she says, “I do.”
It’s going to be an emotional wedding ceremony, so make sure your wedding photographer captures a few of your dad as he looks on. You’re sure to snag a few moments like these.
Mom + Dad Holding Hands
Your wedding day story is yours, of course. But it’s also the story of the people who’ve gotten you here.
Your mom and dad are the people who have brought you to this point, so if you’re able to snag a picture of them supporting one another during the day, it’ll make for a very tender memory.
Capture your dad in a moment of pure joy.
You can see the happiness exuding from this father as he looks at his daughter, who’s about to become a bride.
Consider gifting your dad something thoughtful as a keepsake for the day. This sweet embroidered pocket square has probably never left this father’s side since he got it.
Plus, if your dad doesn’t cry often, this just might get those happy tears flowing.
Squeeze Him Tight
Take every moment you can to squeeze your pops tight.
The Dance Floor
Cut it up with your dad on the dance floor and let him revel in the joy like this father. It’s a perfect time to let your relationship with your dad shine!
Take some time away to just have a quiet moment with your dad. In all the chaos of your wedding day, having a little bit of space where you two can just soak it all in is truly special.
We all know Dad is good for some laughs. I’m sure there will be plenty of opportunities to grab a few photos of him letting loose with you.
The Moment Before
This sweet moment right before it all goes down.
Haverlee of Haverlee Photography nailed the stillness and anticipation right before this father walks his baby down the aisle.
He’s been your rock all these years and just because you’re getting married doesn’t mean anything has to change between the two of you. Lean on him now, just like you always have.
The absolute shock. It’s nothing less than adorable here, and if you decide to go with a first-look with your old man, then it’s sure to be just as memorable.
You and Your Dad
Spin it around, and capture your reaction to your dad’s reaction. It’s sure to be an intimate moment with your father, and your response will be just as sweet as his.
Plus, this will be an adorable gift to him for years to come.
That giveaway kiss is a classic father-daughter wedding photo you won’t want to miss.
Don’t you dare miss Dad shedding a few tears (or a whole bucket-full) when he sees you on the big day!
You’re going to look gorgeous, he’s going to lose it, and it’s going to be gold wedding album material.
Untraditional Father Wedding Moments
Sometimes you want to celebrate a dad in your life, but in a more unconventional way.
The Dad Getting Married
Maybe the dad you want to hype up is the one you’re getting married to. A dad on his wedding day is a beautiful thing, so make sure to bring his kids in on the action!
A child who gets to be a part of the wedding day magic will feel more included and at home in your new family.
But maybe that child is on the way? Here’s to the dads making their mama-to-be a bride!
Mom + Dad
Walk down the aisle with your mama and your pops!
It defies stereotypes and breaks away a bit from the history of the practice. Mom and Dad as equal, bringing their daughter into the future.
Listen, you knew you weren’t going to make it off this list without giving a little love to the dog dads!
If you have a pupper, then they are likely very much a part of your family. Don’t forget to show your dog dad a little love in your wedding photos.
Grooms Father Grooving
This groom’s father spontaneously got on the stage with the band to celebrate his son and now daughter-in-law.
Although I’m sure the band was less than amused (and perhaps some extra libations were involved), it’s still essential to give the father of the groom some spotlight.
Father-son moments are just as crucial as father-daughter moments!
For most people, highlighting their father on their wedding day is a fun (and, at times, hilarious) part of the celebration.
However, for those out there who associate this time with pain, here are some alternatives for you:
Honor Your Deceased Father
It may be painful to experience this day without him, but you can still honor his memory with a slideshow during the reception or a special moment during the ceremony.
Dance with a Father Figure
If dancing with your dad is not an option, choose someone else to dance with. If there’s a father figure (or maternal figure) in your life you’d like to honor in place of your father, this would be a beautiful chance to do that.
Wear Something That Reminds You of Your Dad
Bring him with you on your day. When you choose to wear something unique that reminds you of your father, he still gets to be with you every step of the way.
Find Your Own Way
The most important thing is to find the right way to honor the dad in your life.
It looks different for everyone because every father-daughter relationship is different. But there are endless ways to celebrate; the only thing that matters is finding the right path for you.