Let's talk about dad for a minute. Maybe he's more interested in the playoffs than your wedding plans and he doesn't particularly understand why you don't want a backyard BBQ wedding. But that doesn't mean he doesn't care about you or your wedding. And if he happens to be pitching in for the costs of the big day, it's only fair to include him in some of your planning discussions
Traditionally, parents helped out financially with wedding expenses for the engaged couple. Today, many brides and grooms pay their own way or have limited help from family. Depending on how financially involved your father is in your wedding, you can decide how much you need to talk with him about your choices. Fill dad in on the things he wants to know. And see what interests him about the wedding. What part is he looking forward to most? Will you ask your dad to talk or give a toast on the big day? Does he want to do a cool coordinated father-daughter wedding dance?
Taking your father aside at some point during the wedding to let him know how much you love and appreciate him is also a meaningful gesture that let's him know that on this most important day of your life, you remember him. And having your photographer capture some special moments between the two of you will serve as a great memento.
Although he's sure to be happy for you, he might be a little sad to see you all grown up and moving on or possibly, away. Giving your dad a special father-daughter moment at the wedding will be a highlight and memory you'll both cherish and keep with you once the wedding is over.