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Watch: Bride uses sign language for special father-daughter dance

The father-daughter dance is an emotional moment at many weddings, and one bride wanted to make the tradition even more memorable, by using sign language to give a special gift to her deaf father.

As the bride, Julie Finkel, danced with her father, a film of her translating the song in sign language showed in the background.

“I wanted my parents to feel like they were truly a part of everything,” she told Inside Edition.

Finkel told Inside Edition that she hired an interpreter for the ceremony and made the sign language video of the song,  ‘My Wish,’ by Rascal Flats, so her parents would be part of every moment of the special day.   


Planning a wedding can be a stressful process. There are so many things to take into consideration: obvious things such as the dress, rings, flowers, vows, cake and venue. But then are the specifics to your family and friends, such as how many guests are vegetarian; do any have nut allergies or a mobility problem, what about hearing loss?

Here are some more deaf-friendly wedding tips from Hearing Like Me blogger Angie

5 ways to accommodate deaf or hard-of-hearing guests at your wedding

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Jill von Büren
Jill von Büren
Jill von Bueren has a background in journalism and a passion for storytelling. She is the former editor of HearingLikeMe.com and is currently working on her first novel. She does not have hearing loss herself, but recently purchased hearing aids for her father and grandmother, who now enjoy a more vibrant life filled with music and social events.