Is it okay to skip the father/daughter dance? It's a tradition that just isn't important to me and skipping it would allow me to get the dance floor started earlier.
I'm a firm believer that there are no rules and that traditions are only meaningful if they mean something to you, however, before deciding that it's not important to YOU that your father walk you down the aisle or that you share the first dance with him, it's always best to ask him directly. Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule. If you are not close to your father or have other situations that would make it strange for your dad to partake in these traditions, then this might be reason enough to skip the formalities. But, if you just don't think you care if you dance with your father at your wedding, then definitely check in with dear old dad. While it might not be something important to you, it may be a tradition he has been looking forward to since you were born.