The bride’s father is her escort from her house to the ceremony site and walks her down the aisle to the altar.
After giving the bride away, he joins the bride’s mother in the first row.
As host for the reception, he mingles with the guests and is the last one to leave since he bids the guests goodbye.
It is customary for the bride’s father’s dress to conform to that of the groom.
If the bride’s parents are divorced, her father may still give her away. Instead of sitting with her mother, he may sit in the third row.
If the bride’s father is not living, she may ask any relative, friend or her mother to give her away.