Father of the Bride Speech

There are traditionally three wedding speeches conducted in the following order:

  1. Brides father
  2. Groom
  3. Best man

Father of the Bride Speech - Top Tips

  • Start thinking about the speech six months before the wedding. That way you can be writing down material you can use.
  • Remember to include the following in your speech:
    • How well the wedding has gone so far.
    • Thank all the guests for coming.
    • Comment on how you've watched your daughter grow up and change into a mature beautiful woman, and that you are proud of her and what she has achieved.
    • Mention how you were introduced to your son-in-law and what your first impressions were, and how you have seen the relationship he has with your daughter evolve.
    • Say how you feel about your son-in-law, without saying the old cliché, I haven't lost a daughter but gained a son.
  • Make a copy of your speech in case you lose the original.
  • Be positive, the audience has been waiting to listen to your speech.
  • PRACTICE your speech in front of close friends and record it. This allows you to get feedback from people and you can judge your pace.
  • Make eye contact with one person at a time during the course of your speech.
  • If you are telling an anecdote set the scene so all guests can relate to the story, but keep it brief.
  • Smile, and your audience will smile with you.
  • Most importantly be YOURSELF, if you try to be somebody you are not, the audience will not be as forgiving.
  • If you forget a line, just apologise and laugh it off and the audience will laugh with you.
  • Etiquette states you should end with a toast to the health and happiness of the bride and groom.

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