The Father Of The Bride
Your wedding day is the day that your father relinquishes
possession of his little girl and entrusts her happiness and
future security to another man. To some fathers this may be a
great relief, to others, not so. Remember this is the man who
probably got up in the middle of the night to give you a bottle
while your mother lay in bed exhausted wanting nothing more than
a full night's undisturbed sleep.
He will have witnessed your teenage tantrums and confusion and
helped you with your homework so you represent a big investment
in his lifetime and he is going to miss you. His compensation
may arrive in the form of grandchildren but when the chips are
down, in his mind you are still his treasured daughter and he is
very proud of you.
Apart from financing much of your wedding his major involvement
in the wedding ceremony will be to give you away - quite a
moving moment for him.
There is no strict dress code for the Father of the Bride but if
finance is not an issue he can hire a suitable wedding outfit,
possibly in conjunction with the Groom and the Best Man.
So in this day and age what does this poor man have to pay for?
There is frequently doubt about who should pay for what and
while the bride's parents used to pay most of the costs of a
wedding, recently this has changed significantly and the groomís
family now sometimes pay more of the cost.
Traditionally the Father of the bride's costs have been allocated as follows but there
are no longer hard and fast rules. Many items are up for
The Brideís and Bridesmaidís dresses.
Cars, other than for the Groom and the Best Man.
Flowers for the church and the reception.
Reception, the cake and the Toastmaster.
Allocation of responsibilities are probably best discussed early
in the planning process so use your checklist to make a start.
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