(Closed) How in the world do you tell your dad…

posted 9 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
7286 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Maybe just say that your not doing some things….no aisle walking partners/daddy-daughter/mom-son , and toast?

My dad passed away and my wedding will still be amazing and traditional as it can be. 

Post # 4
425 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012



I agree with Mrs.Argentina… You can tell him that your not gonna do those stuff, dont tell him that he wont do it.. just say that its not gonna be included in your wedding.. 🙁 Im sorry about your relationship with your dad.. I hope it gets better..


Post # 5
5117 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I agree with the posters above. I’d let him know (either over the phone or in person, becasue reading it in print doesn’t let you convey tone) that aspects x,y, and z will not be at your wedding.

And it doesn’t seem harsh. My father isn’t invited at all. People understand that families aren’t always perfect and people don’t behave the way that they should. *hugs* I hope you have strength and can be strong when you tell him that you’re not doing these things. You’ll be ok.

Post # 6
104 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I agree with PP, but also you could try to just be honest with him. Tell him that you really feel hurt by what has happened and that you want your parents there but only as guests.

Just make sure you are certain about this before letting him know, you could potentially ruin your relationship with your parents forever. I don’t know what has happened so I’m sure that is something you have already thought about.

Good luck!

Post # 7
3774 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2004

I think you just do it.  I have a motto “If I am afraid, I will have to do it afraid.”  He can handle the truth especially since he didn’t hesitate to share some of his “truth” with you.  I think he is fortunate to be invited at all.

Post # 10
1088 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

YOU CAN DO THIS!!! I Believe in you!!

I am sorry for your crappy situation. The best bet is to phone him, I think at least. I couldn’t do face to face. Over the phone would be much easier.You may want to write down some of the things you want to say first, it will help you keep your thoughts together a little more.

I have been considering having my dad walk me to the altar and then walking the rest by my self. I know it is kind of silly but it is also kinda symbolic. The way I find it symbolic is because my father didn’t give me away I made that journey on my own… I know it is anti traditional but it is the way I feel. You could probably use that for a bit of justification. If you need… just a thought.

Good luck and remember you are strong and you can do it! Good luck!

Post # 11
6890 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

You can do this. If you feel strongly enough about it (and I believe you do) then just jump and go for it.

I also have a somewhat precarious relationship with my father and had to tell him (twice) that indeed he is not walking me down the aisle and we’re not dancing or pretending he has ever been father of the year. (Short Review: Divorced parents, absent father, lies, bs, no trust, etc.)

It will be okay. Those things are NOT necessary. Your wedding will be perfect regardless of things such as dances or aisle walking.

Post # 12
2699 posts
Sugar bee

I’m sorry hun, it’s a hard thing to say, but obviously your relationship with your dad at this point in time does not reflect the average daddy-daughter dynamic. I think it needs to be said, and as you said, sooner is better than later. Be prepared for the fall-out and come back here if you need some bee love and support. xoxo

Post # 13
5117 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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@SleepingWithNuns: You can do this, and you know what, sometimes the fear of doing it is worse than dealing with it afterwards. You can get much more worked up with the ‘how will they react’ than having to just deal with whatever the real reaction is.

I agree with the bees above. You know that this is what you want/have to do, these parts of the wedding are not requirements, and we’re all here for you when you do have the discussion and come back for support. 

Post # 14
194 posts
Blushing bee

As hard as it will be, I think you need to bite the bullet and be upfront and truthful with your dad while remaining respectful. It will be a very scary / sad moment, but I think you are better being honest than coming up with an excuse because as they say…. the truth will set you free. However, I would think about it long and hard first because there may be some serious fallout. Good luck.

Post # 15
2550 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Honee, I completely understand.  My suggestion is to tell him now what you want.  Regardless of what he or your mother say, let them know that its your decision.  YOU CAN DO IT!!!! 

My Mom and siblings had to wear me down to invite my Dad to my wedding.  He of course expected to walk me down, which was pure crazy.(We can’t be in the same room w/out WW3 happening)  Although I wasn’t thrilled when he decided to give a toast, the day was soo great I just let it happen.  And to be honest, it was quite moving and meant alot to me.  Yes, Dad and I don’t see eye to eye but it worked out in the end.

Post # 16
395 posts
Helper bee

If it were me, I wouldn’t bring it up until he does. Why bring up another issue? But when he asks just be prepared to casually tell him oh, yah, I decided we’re not doing that.

This coming from someone who is completely nonconfrontational tho.

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