Southern Wedding Tradition: A Father’s First Look

February 7, 2014 | By | Comments (2)

Though some Southern wedding traditions have been around for years, or even centuries, some of the sweetest are actually the newest–as is the case with today’s.

First Look With Dad; Photo: Robyn Van Dyke

First Look With Dad; Photo: Robyn Van Dyke

A conundrum in the heart of almost every Southern gal: whether or not you should see your groom before walking down the aisle. Called a “first look,” many couples opt to make it a private moment. We’ve seen many variations of the first look, including a blindfolded groom and a sweet handhold around a door or corner, but our very favorite has to be when Dad steps in one final time. The moment when a father first sees his daughter in her wedding gown can be a very emotional and memorable one for everyone involved, particularly because most Southern women are unashamed to identify as “Daddy’s girls.” Though a wedding day is focused on the bride and groom, we love when a bride sets aside a few minutes to spend with just her father. While a first look with Dad may not have the lengthy history our other traditions have acquired, we can’t wait to see this sweet one grow.

See the rest of this North Carolina wedding by Robyn Van Dyke on!


  1. Laura

    This post is so sweet, I definetely consider myself as a “Daddy girl”. Indeed, my dad helped me a lot with my wedding prep. He was the one who recommended me the catering service for my special day, and since it was a complete succes, I keep recommend it to everyone:

    February 14, 2014 at 2:47 pm
  2. Southern Weddings Weekly Round-Up – Southern Weddings Magazine

    […] Last week on Southern Living, we shared a little about a new Southern tradition that’s quickly become one of our favorite wedding day moments: the bride’s first look with her dad. See it here. […]

    February 14, 2014 at 9:30 am

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