A little bit of background. As an adopted only child, I was always the apple of my parents' eye. They weren't able to give me every toy or outfit I wanted, but they gave me so much love and affection and support, and still do to this day. Especially my dad - I was always such a daddy's girl. No matter how much work he had to miss, he was always there for my dance recitals, band concerts, piano lessons, school awards, etc. So it really, really means a lot to me to have my father walk me down the aisle for my upcoming wedding.
That said, like most women in 2014, I am not a big fan of the whole "giving away" concept. I am not a commodity, I am a person. And my father isn't "giving me" to my fiance, I'm choosing to marry him of my own free will. Our officiant's standard ceremony uses the question "Who brings this woman to be married?" and my dad would answer. I really, really don't like that. At all. But I also don't want him to just walk me down the aisle and peace out. Plus he loves my fiance (no other boy i ever brought home was good enough lol) so I want there to be some kind of interaction between the two of them.
So my question is ... does anyone have any suggestions for things that my father could say to my FI that is more along the lines of "take good care of her" or "love her as much as I do" or "I hope she brings as much joy to your life as she did to mine" or something like that? Obviously phrased more eloquently than that, but hopefully you catch my drift. Would that be an inappropriate thing to incorporate? Should I let my dad just choose what he wants to say? Any suggestions would be appreciated!
PS - FWIW, no religion at all in our wedding.
Thank you all!!