Not Just Father of the Bride, Your DAD

IMG_0427 Wedding day thoughts are always about you, the bride or your groom or the wedding party. But as a wedding officiant, I notice that another very important person is the father of the bride, your dad. He can be found pacing around the venue, talking occasionally with friends or relatives. But mostly he is just “there” until it comes time for the walk down the aisle.

Your dad is more nervous than you are. He has to “give away” his precious child. In Southern California we no longer use the words, “give away” in the wedding ceremony. The minister says, “Who presents this woman to be married to this man?” But he still remembers it as “giving away” his very own little girl. It’s a very poignant moment for him. No one ever sees him except the officiant. So I just wanted to add this to my blog. I wanted you to know in the middle of all the excitement on the day you are married, your dad needs a little TLC from you. He is so happy for you, his daughter. But placing your hand in the hand of your smiling groom is  HUGE for him. 

When it comes time for that hug, make it the BEST ONE ever. He will know you understand and will love you more than ever. He is not just the father of the bride, he will ALWAYS BE YOUR DAD!

Gone But Not Forgotten: Honoring Deceased Loved Ones at Your Wedding

Planning your wedding day is something that everyone dreams of; starting forever with the love of your life while making memories with your family and closest friends surrounding you. But what about those who have passed on too soon? Always keep in mind that if you so choose, it is not uncommon to acknowledge the… Read more »

How to Minimize Wedding Stress

Planning a wedding is stressful; on that point, there is no need to argue. Few intend to succumb to this stress, but the demands of wedding planning can quickly turn even the most level-headed bride-to-be into “Bridezilla”. Luckily, following these four wedding planning tips will help keep you relaxed during the process. Outsource whenever possible…. Read more »

Ideas to Help You Create a Personal, Unique Wedding Ceremony

Each of us has our own personality and quirks that make up who we are and what we’re known for. When couples get together, often times their personalities combine and overlap like a Venn diagram, where certain traits are shared, while others remain unique to the individual, yet somehow complements the other. Whatever way you… Read more »

Holiday Fun or Wedding Plans

  During the holiday season, many brides are so busy they aren’t sure if it’s better to just enjoy the season and then make wedding plans or try to do both. As your wedding minister, I recommend that if the wedding ceremony is in January, February or March, it’s better to continue the wedding plans…. Read more »

Make Your Wedding Ceremony Vows Your Own!

  A wedding in Temecula, CA included not just a pinky promise but an “all fingers” vow. How great to be the wedding officiant for such a loving marriage on the Pechanga Reservation!  

Simple Bridal Veil

  Here is Terra, a beautiful bride who chose a simple net veil. Do you like it as much as the feathers and veil material of Kaylee’s hat in yesterday’s post?

Warmth of a Wedding

  When Evan and Jessica began their wedding, it was COLD and dark. But by the time they said their vows, we were all basking in warm sunlight. It says something of the warmth of love can add to the weather.

Simple and Elegant

  Here is another very attractive hair piece designed by the bride herself, Jessica Graves.