Father of the Bride or Groom

Attire Etiquette for Dad

Most fathers claim that they know best when it comes to their daughter's boyfriends, barbequing a steak or the rules of the road. But when it comes to his wedding attire the father of the bride or groom might require a little help.

There is no staunch wedding etiquette indicating how the father of the bride or the father of the groom should dress. However, these men play an important part in the lives of their children and can be represented as so in the following ways:

  • Since he is an integral part of the wedding the father of the bride should consider dressing in the same formal attire as the groom and his attendants.
  • If the father of the groom doesn't have an active role in the wedding ceremony - for example he's not a groomsman - he can still dress in the same attire as the bride's father, groom and groomsman to symbolize his important role as the father of the groom.
  • Both the father of the bride and the father of the groom can choose to dress unlike the groom and groomsmen if they choose to wear their own wedding attire.
  • If the bride wants her step-father to walk her down the aisle, or if the groom wishes his step-father to be actively involved in the ceremony, the step-father should wear the same attire as the groom and groomsman. Even if the step-father isn't actively involved in the wedding ceremony he can still wear matching attire as a symbol of his important role in his child's life.
  • Both the father of the bride and the father of the groom are given matching boutonnieres by the groom before the wedding ceremony. The father's boutonnieres should be exact replicas of the groom's boutonniere and the groomsmen's boutonnieres.
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