Honoring the bride’s deceased father at a wedding can be a touchy subject. Who will walk her down the isle, and how will her father be honored?
Weddings are a joyous occasion for celebration, love and laughter. Try to maintain the focus on the joyous occasion, rather than the sadness that her father is not there. A male relative, friend, or the mother of the bride may walk her down the isle. The bride can carry something of her father’s to represent him. She may be able to incorporate something of his in her bridal bouquet.
Family photos including her father can be part of the reception. Someone may wish to make a toast to honor him. If the bride and groom already have what they need to start their lives together, make a note that “In lieu of gifts, a donation to the (Cancer Society for example) would be greatly appreciated.” These donations can be made in her father’s name.