There's something about the bond between a dad and his daughter, so it's no surprise that there are a number of special wedding  traditions that center on this special relationship. Some of the most emotionally charged moments — aside from those between the bride and groom, of course — include the father/daughter dance and the giving away of the bride by her father in the ceremony. The origin of the latter, however, harks back to the days of arranged marriages, when fathers gave their daughters away as property in exchange for a dowry. Nowadays the meaning is much less offensive to women, as it's considered a symbol of the father's blessing of the union. The father/daughter dance is also a way for the dad to give away his daughter and to say his goodbyes as her husband becomes the new main man in her life. At American weddings, fathers also traditionally say a toast to the bride and groom at the reception.
Depending on your culture or religion, there is a wide variety of traditions involving the bride's dad. At Argentinean weddings, the bride is escorted by her father down the aisle, but instead of bridesmaids and groomsmen, the couples' parents and godparents are the only ones at their side for the ceremony. Jewish weddings have many traditions for the father of the bride to take part in, including the groom's tisch, in which the men sing and drink and the father of the bride, together with the groom, signs the ketubah. During Indian wedding ceremonies, the parents of the bride wash the feet of the bride and groom with milk and water to symbolize their purification before marriage. And at Muslim weddings, the tradition of the bride's father giving her away to the groom is called rukhsat. But perhaps the most unusual tradition occurs at wedding ceremonies in the Maasai nation of Kenya, in which the father of the bride gives his blessing by spitting on the bride's head and breasts.
No matter what your background, you can't help but feel the love this Father's Day  with these inspiring father/daughter wedding moments caught on camera. And tell us below if you have a father/daughter wedding tradition we didn't mention!
Photos by Studio 1208  and Jeffrey & Julia Woods  via Style Me Pretty 
Too sweet! This bride adjusted her dad's suit for a cute photo op.
Nothing gets the crowd choked up like seeing a teary dad during the father/daughter dance.
A dad hugged the bride as he gave her away during the ceremony.
Like father, like daughter: this sweet bride and her dad made a cute pair.
A proud papa showed off his daughter at the reception.
A bride gave her dad a sweet look before heading down the aisle.
A bride teared up as she embraced her dad.
The bride looked over at her dad during their walk down the aisle.
A bride squeezed her dad tight during the father/daughter dance.
This bride laughed with her father during their dance.
Dad and daughter danced together at this wedding .
Dad and daughter gave each other a cute peck on the cheek before she said her "I dos."
This bride and her dad looked over at each other during their walk down the aisle.
Aww, so cute! This dad made the bride laugh with his kisses.
An emotional bride affectionately looked at her father while walking down the aisle.
This father put the fun in the father/daughter dance.
The bride and her dad got close during their dance.
Dad soaked it all up during the father/daughter dance.
This pop got fancy with the father/daughter dance.
This father took a good look at his daughter in her bridal getup.
The bride shot a look of love at her papa.
This father/daughter pairing enjoyed themselves during their dance.
Dad and daughter were all smiles down the aisle.
This was a sweet father/daughter dance.
A bride hugged it out with her dad at the wedding .
This bride's dad gave her a smooch on the cheek at the wedding .