Five Ways to Involve Your Dad in Your Wedding

Bridal hot list is made up of people who really love their dads- so we’re all super excited for Father’s Day! In honor of the upcoming holiday, we’ve got a few ways to work your dad into your wedding in ways that’ll make him feel loved.

Make Him Feel at Home

Does your dad have a routine of some kind? Maybe a favorite mug or a specific kind of coffee he totally needs after dinner? Do something sweet for him and make it happen at your wedding! We recently saw a bride who made a beautiful seat sign for her father’s chair that said ‘Dad’ on it, and it was so sweet! Do something small and specifically for him and it’ll make him feel at home and appreciated.

Boogie Bonding

The father-daughter dance is a fantastic tradition for a reason- it’s a sweet moment between father and daughter in front of all their loved ones! Get together and pick a song that means a lot to both of you. If you have time, figure out ways to make your dance fun! A little choreography never hurt anyone, right? You can count it towards your cardio and get a chance to see dear old dad dance. Everybody wins!

Sneak a Special Note

Write out a short note to your dad, and be sure to thank him. This day is all about how you fell in love and are going to start your own family now, it’s important to recognize where you came from. If you feel stuck, tell him how much it means to have him there and that you love him. It doesn’t need to be sappy, it just needs to be genuine. Sneak it into his jacket while he’s dancing or stick it under his plate so he finds it after dinner.

Coordinate Outfits

Help him pick out his suit! You’ll be able to help control the color scheme of the wedding, and be sure he looks great walking you down the aisle. Going shopping with your girlfriends is a great way to bond, why not go shopping with your dad as well? It’ll help him take care of a wedding task, you get to assist in making sure he looks sharp, plus you get time to bond. You’ll wonder why you don’t take your dad out shopping more often!

Let Him Call Some Shots

Let him have one song for sure play during the reception. Let him be the tie-breaker on any decisions you’re unsure on. Ask him his opinion on what to serve for dinner. Dads love being involved and getting heard. It may be a weird time for him to realize you may not be all his little girl anymore- it’s a good gesture to show that he’s still a big part of your life and that you still trust his opinion.


Four Tips and Tricks for Cooking for Father’s Day

Father’s day is right around the corner, and planning for dad has begun! We know that most dads love to cook and grill, but how about giving dad a break this Sunday and treating him instead? Instead of going out and trying to fight with the crowds, high menu prices, and waiting to get seated, why not stay in and enjoy a nice time at home? Never cooked before or not as skilled in the kitchen?  No worries, we’ve got some cooking  tricks and tips to make it as easy and delicious as can be! Go ahead, and treat dad this Sunday with a home cooked meal.


  1. Think about buying large beef roasts or pork shoulders to make during one of your weekend nights. After you have this for dinner, store it in your fridge so that you will be able to create many different types of sandwiches, as the week progresses. Maximize your value and limit your expenses by conserving food.
  2. Saute tired salad greens. If your salad greens have seen better days, don’t discard them – saute them! Salad greens such as radicchio, arugula and endive make a tasty side dish when sauteed. Cook them quickly in olive oil, chopped garlic and sea salt. Sprinkle with a little bacon and goat cheese, and you will be happy that you didn’t throw away those unused salad greens!
  3. To reduce the fat and calories in a recipe that calls for a lot of mayonnaise, simply replace half the mayonnaise with sour cream. Since mayonnaise serves primarily a textural purpose in many of these recipes, replacing it with similarly textured sour cream gives you the same texture with a lighter, healthier taste.
  4. Vegetables are just better all-around the faster they are cooked. Using a slow cooking method is sometimes suggested, but the results are less nutritious and don’t taste as good. The quick cook methods generally make the vegetables tastier and more nutritional. You should only cook them just as long as it takes for them to be done.

Impress your dad with your new-found cooking skills. With a bit of effort, some love poured into the cooking, you can take your cooking up a notch. Time in the kitchen should be enjoyed. Use what you have learned, and go cook up a storm for dad!

Five Ways To Incorporate Dad Into Your Wedding Day

A mother’s dream is to plan her daughter’s wedding, a father’s dream is to see his little girl happy, even if that means giving her away at her wedding. However, it is not easy for dad to release his little girl’s hand into the hand of the man who is vowing to protect her forever. Mom’s get to plan the wedding with their daughters, and fathers get to give their daughters away. So in honor of father’s day, here are five ways to make dad feel like he’s a part of your big day:

Breakfast With Dad: On the day of your wedding, have breakfast with your father. Some mothers and daughters do this. It’s a time where the two get together and talk about marriage, babies, or reflect on the bride as a child. Have one last meal with dad as a single woman before he walks you down the aisle to your future.

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something for YOU: Gifts are given to the bridesmaids, the maid of honor, and the mothers, but rarely do you hear about a gift given to the fathers. Give dad a gift of appreciation. Special cuff links he can wear during the wedding, a beautifully crafted double picture frame, one side with a photo of you and dad when you were younger, and the other one can be reserved for the photo of your father daughter dance.

A Dance With Your Father: The father daughter dance is a big tradition, one that you won’t want to break. However, make it special by taking dance classes with your dad, you can even have a choreographer put a routine together for you two, so that you and your father can WOW the crowd at the reception. Not only do you get to spend quality time with dad, you also get to put on a great show that you two will always remember, and your friends and family will not soon forget.

Words From The Heart: Some brides and grooms give speeches at the reception, thanking everyone for sharing in their special day. The best man and maid of honor are sure to give a speech also. Take a moment to give thanks to dad who may or may not have paid for the wedding, let him know that you appreciate everything that he’s done.

Honor Thy Father: For those of you whose father will not be able to attend your wedding due to them no longer being alive, light a candle in honor of your father, leave an empty seat where your dad would have sat, or place a photo in the chair to represent your father. Just because your father has passed, doesn’t mean he can’t be present.


Father of the Bride/Groom Looks from Nordstrom Mission Viejo, California

It is no secret that I love Sundays. It  is a day which I enjoy lounging, soaking in the sunshine rays, or perhaps staying in pajamas all day. But what is extra special on this fabulous Sunday, is the celebration of our fathers. This is a day to shower them with a whole lot of love. I mean, they do deserve it, and not just for today, everyday! So, in celebration of Father’s Day, we have asked our friends at Nordstrom Mission Viejo to pull together some father of the bride/groom “must haves”.  The spotlight is definitely on the bride and her groom on their wedding day, however fathers of the bride or groom also deserve some love. Especially if you are a bride. Dad’s and their daughters have an extra special bond which is almost hard to break on the wedding day. So, why not have dad in an amazing wardrobe, and have him feel even more special on your wedding day.  So, for all you dads out there, get ready to find out how Nordstrom Mission Viejo can help you look dapper for your daughter/son’s big day.

When it comes to men,and specifically the fathers of weddings, Nordstrom Mission Viejo delivers the best. The best in service and personal style.  What is great is that they have three different Stylists to meet your every need. From cool and casual to sleek and conservative. So whatever your style, there is a stylist for you. Lets meet them!

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  • Melissa Ricketts from our Men’s Sportswear Department.

Melissa chose this Dolce and Gabbana wool and silk pin striped suit for the very hip wedding.  It can be worn by the Father of the Bride/Groom.  This handsome, modern tailored suit is for the very trendy at heart.

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  • Cecil Spencer from our Men’s Sportswear Department.

Cecil hand selected this Boss Black Trim Fit Seersucker Suit. It has a very lightweight construction, perfect for any destination or summertime wedding.

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  • Lawrence Page from our Men’s Clothing Department.

Lawrence loves this Canali suit. This wool slim fit jacket and flat front trouser can give the most traditional Father of the Bride a very modern, youthful look. It is also featured in a light grey if the wedding colors are a natural palette.




Talk about variety.   Nordstrom Mission Viejo does not disappoint. In fact, they offer many colors, prints, and styles to add accent to your wedding day look. From the traditional tie, to the all time favorite bow tie, there are so many options.   Hugo Boss, Zegna, and David Donohue to name a few. So whatever style of wedding you are having, there is a look for your father that can fit his style and compliment the wedding at the same time.

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It’s head to toe service when working with the fabulous Personal Stylists. You have the suit and tie. So, now you need shoes to complete the look. The shoe selection is amazing.  From Ferragamo to Donald J Pliner shoes.

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If all that was not enough, there is one final detail which you can not forget.  Besides the bride and groom looking their best for their big day, fathers will also want to do the same.  Dads, you will want to look, feel, and smell your best. Leading up to the big day, you will want to prep your skin. Dad’s, you will want to feel and look fabulous as you walk your daughter down the aisle, or take those memorable photographs with your son.  This is a special day for your daughter or son, but it also a very special day for you. So, why not get pampered? Pampering is not just for girls. Go ahead, enjoy!

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Happy Father’s Day to all the dad’s, grandfathers, and father-to-be’s! Enjoy this day, you deserve it!