Posts Tagged ‘Parents’

Great Catch: A Father-Daughter Dance for Sports Fans

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

If the conventional father-daughter (or mother-son) dance just isn’t for you, take a cue from this sports-loving duo, and think outside the box by putting your own personal spin on the wedding tradition. Bonus points: cleverly incorporating baseball into your wedding. This sweet, nostalgic moment is definitely one to remember.

Would you consider a non-traditional father-daughter or mother-son dance at your wedding? Tell us in the comment section below.


What are the Father of the Bride’s Duties Before & on the Wedding Day?

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013


By Rebecca Lowe, special from Samara James

When two people decide to declare their love for each other with a wedding ceremony, their family and friends will play several important roles throughout the entire wedding planning process. Out of all of these roles, the father of the bride will be one of the most important. While most fathers will experience a variety of mixed emotions at the thought of giving their daughter away, their contributions to the wedding will begin long before walking down the aisle. To help fathers prepare for their daughter’s wedding, the following guide has been prepared to explain some of the traditional father of the bride duties along with a few modern twists for making a wedding a memorable occasion.

Paying for the Wedding
In the past, the father of the bride was always expected to cover the full cost of the wedding. In modern times, fathers of the bride can relax a bit because many young couples now expect to pay for a portion of their wedding on their own. While this is often the case, fathers of the bride should still set aside a portion of their savings to help pay for the wedding reception, venues and any other expenses that may arise.

Escorting to the Venue and Down the Aisle
Perhaps the most important duty that a father will perform on a wedding day is making sure his daughter arrives safely to the church or venue on time regardless of how late she may have been out at her hen party. Then, he will walk her down the aisle. At this point, tradition once set forth that a father would lift his daughter’s wedding veil; however, many modern brides no longer require for their father to give them away or lift the veil so it is important to discuss this portion of the wedding long before the actual ceremony. You should also have a rehearsal of the ceremony to crystalize the expectations of the father of the bride during the ceremony.

Announcing the Couple
If the father of the bride has paid for the venue and is taking a more traditional role of ‘hosting’ the venue then they are usually the first to arrive and will meet and greet people as they arrive before the newly married couple arrives. The ushers and groomsmen help people find their seats and then the father of the bride will announce the couple as they enter and the guest cheer.

Give a Toast
After the wedding and usually during the reception, a father of the bride will be expected to give a short speech to wish the newly wedded couple well. Although it can be tempting to get overly sentimental, it is best to keep this speech short while offering a memorable story or short joke to keep it light. Although for some weddings sentiment is nice but overly long speeches aren’t always appreciated but talking over the timescales with your daughter and her future husband will help.

Father and Daughter Dance
A common wedding tradition is that a father will dance with his daughter following the first dance of the married couple. Many fathers and daughters practice this dance and may choose a special song that is full of sentiment. Following this dance, fathers of the bride will then mingle with guests and make sure that everyone is having a good time. As host of the event, they will also make sure that everyone has enough food and drinks throughout the night.

Last Man Standing
After the reception, it is the father of the bride’s duty to make sure that every guest makes it home safe. Therefore, he should get plenty of rest the night before so that he will be prepared to stay up late and wave goodbye to the very last guest. If drinks have been served, then the father of the bride may also need to make transportation arrangements for those who have enjoyed themselves too much. Additionally, the father of the bride will oversee any last-minute clean-ups of the wedding venue before heading home to relax.

Author Bio: Rebecca studies fashion at college and works part time in the wedding industry assisting brides in finding their dream dress and accessories for their very big day. Rebecca works for Samara James too who are a leading UK on-line provider of engagement rings for popping that question. Rebecca loves everything about wedding and had helped organize several for friends and family and would like to do this professionally.

Will you be asking the father of the bride to perform any out-of-the-ordinary duties in relation to your wedding day? If so, tell us about them in the comment section below.

The Top 5 Father of the Groom Gifts

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

He may not be standing right next to you at the altar, but your old man will certainly be a huge part of the wedding day. Whether it’s getting up early for a round of golf, double checking that your tie is straight or giving you a pep-talk before the ceremony, your dad will be right there when you need him on the big day. He played a huge role in making you the husband you’ll be, so the least you can do is thank him with a unique gift. Five of our favorite ideas are pictured below.

Father of the groom cufflinks

Father of the Groom Cufflinks

Dashing Father of the Groom Cuff Links with Personalized Case – Let him proudly announce his F.O.G. status by sporting this classy cufflink set that comes complete with a stainless steel storage case that can be engraved. [$24.95]

Monogrammed Grillmaster Plus Apron

Monogrammed Grillmaster Plus Apron

Personalized ‘Grillmaster” Plus” BBQ Apron – Is dad a BBQ fanatic? Make sure he looks the part with our customized grilling apron that can be personalized with a three-initial monogram. [$42.99]

personalized cherry wood humidor

Personalized Cherry Wood Humidor

Personalized Cherry Wood Cigar Humidor – Few things in life can top sitting down for a stogie with your old man. With our custom humidor, he’ll be able to keep his cigars safe and secure. Holds 12 cigars.  [$49.99]

Personalized Mens Dresser Set

Personalized Men’s Dresser Set

Personalized Men’s Dresser Set – Our dresser set features a catch-all tray for easy key/money/wallet storage as well as a photo box that’s ideal for keepsakes. A sentimental, yet useful gift. [$42.95]

Personalized Hampton Putter Set

Personalized Hampton Putter Set

Personalized Putter Set – Our unique putter set features a putter that disassembles, two balls and a wooden practice cup… all stored in an elegant wood case that can be personalized with the recipient’s initials. [$44.99]

Need something else for dad, click here for more great gift ideas for men from Pinterest.

Hook Mom Up With a Ming Wang Wedding Wardrobe

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

If your mom is anything like mine was, she’s having a hell of a time deciding what she’ll wear to the wedding, rehearsal dinner, engagement party etc. Apparently women get pretty picky when it comes to dressing up for a big event. Lucky for Mom, we’ve got details on a HUGE contest being put on by Ming Wang (that we just happen to be judging). Win the contest, and your mom will officially be done worrying about wedding attire. Details are below:

mom son dance wedding

The contest launches on the Ming Wang Facebook page on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 and runs through February 7, 2011

Submit an essay (500 words or less) on why your mother or your fiancee’s mother deserves a bridal season wardrobe and day of beauty *Be sure to mention that you heard about the contest on The Man Registry’s GroomsAdvice blog!

One grand prize winner will receive a Ming Wang bridal season wardrobe (includes 4 full looks) for the wedding and events leading up to it (engagement party, bridal shower, etc.) along with a gift certificate to a local salon for a day of beauty before the wedding.

They will also select two runner-up winners that will receive a Ming Wang dress.

The three winners will be selected by public vote and select wedding blogger judges (including us!)

Entrants and voters must be Facebook users and are encouraged to “like” the Ming Wang Facebook page to stay up to date on the contest and news. You can also follow Ming Wang on Twitter.


Ming Wang Logo

Check out the official Ming Wang website where you can take a look at her Fall and Spring line

Get To Know Your In-Laws… on National TV

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Remember the scene in ‘Meet the Parents’ where Robert De Niro hooks Ben Stiller up to the lie detector test? Pretty intense way to met your future Father-in-Law, right? Would make for a pretty interesting TV show, right?


We’re working with a major cable network that is currently casting couples and their future in-laws to participate in a hilarious new TV series about getting to know your future family.

Show Premise: For one week, the man and woman will leave each other to go live with their future in-laws for 5 days.
At the end of the 5-day week the couple will should have a better understanding of each other and their future families and  Over these 5-days the moms and dads “test” (see photo above) their future son or daughter-in-law with activities like cooking, cleaning, yard work, all in an effort to see if they have what it takes to be a good husband or wife.

Casting: The casting producers will come to your homes to interview you. This process will take approximately an hour and will involve an on-camera casting session.

Time Frame: If you’re approved for the show, taping will take place in your homes for 5-days (everything is pre-planned). The producers will do everything they can to work around your schedules. Ten episodes will be shot in total. Four have already been cast, so act now if interested!

Compensation: Couples will be paid $5,000 for their participation.

Interested couples from the NYC area can contact Pamela Hartman by e-mail at or by phone at 631.241.1560.

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