Help and advice for the Father of the Bride.
Traditionally the Father of the Bride is the first speaker.
Here is a guide to help you prepare your speech if you are the Father of the Bride :
- Thank the MC for his introduction ( if you have an MC ) If no MC then don’t forget to introduce yourself as some guests and members of the Grooms family may not know who you are.
- You might want to start by acknowledging the Best Man and thank him for doing a wonderful job.
- Thank anyone who has helped plan or pay for the wedding reception.
- Say thank you to the guests for coming especially those who have made long journeys.
- Mention any important family members or friends who could not make it to the wedding.
- Mention any family member who has passed away recently, particularly if they were close to your daughter.
- Talk about your daughter and how proud you are of her including a funny story or two. You might mention her childhood or focus on some aspects of her personality etc.
- Share a few wise thoughts on love and marriage. Perhaps a few words of advice ( without going overboard ).
- Say a few words about the Groom offering him your congratulations and welcoming him to the family. Mention his family / parents and say how much you have enjoyed getting to know them.
- Include your wife or partner when thanking people and when giving best wishes to the happy couple.
- Propose a toast to the Bride and Groom.
This format covers all of the essentials for a good Father of the Bride speech. You can add to it or change it as you think fit. Use the Share button at the bottom of the page to print this off or send it to someone else.
Let me know if you found this useful. Thanks, Ron
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