Giving a Great Father of the Bride Speech

Presenting a great father of the bride toast may very well be one of the most difficult things you ever do. Even if you love the man that your daughter has chosen to marry, you’ll be full of emotion and you might have difficulty finding the right words to say. The best thing you can really do is to tap into the emotion and find the words before the big day. That way you can wish you wedded daughter and your new son in law the best with the exact words that you would want to use. The father of the bride toast is a very formal moment that will allow you to say all of the things that you want your daughter and your son in law to know, but you may never again take the time to say.

Write It Down

First, you might want to try some stream of conscious writing where you basically sit down in front of your computer or with a pen and paper and write down all of your thoughts. Don’t worry about spelling, flow, or repeating yourself; just get all of your feelings out there. After you have everything written down you can then comb over what you have written and decide what will stay and what will go. You might not want to get too sappy, so cross out those items right away. If you don’t care about getting sappy, then leave those ones in play. Think about what you would like your daughter to hear and what you think she may like to hear from you. Also think about what you would like your son in law and what he might want to hear from you. Once you have everything written down you can sort of hone in on the tone of the speech and go from there. Think about advice on marriage, dreams, and hopes of yours for the new couple, and your happiness for both the bride and the groom and let these thoughts guide your your speech at your daughter’s wedding.

A Classy Opening

Starting a speech at the wedding is often the most difficult time because until you have that direction you really don’t have anything to guide you. To get you warmed up and make sure that all of the guests are paying attention, you can simply welcome all of the guests to the reception and thank them for coming to share your daughter’s big day. Since the motherand father of the bride typically are the hosts of the wedding reception it isn’t out of line for the father of the bride to welcome and thank those that are in attendance, and it serves as a great icebreaker. You can then talk about what you had imagined your daughter’s wedding day would be, mention the first time you saw the newly wedded couple together, or comment on the beauty of your daughter this particular day.

An Unforgettable Closing

Now that you’ve figured out your general theme and you’ve opened up with a welcoming, shared some hopes, thoughts and dreams for the new couple, you’ll need to come up with a great closing. You can thank everyone for coming again, and then also thank your daughter and your son in law for allowing you to be part of what will be an unforgettable day.

If humor, religion, jokes, family stories, or any other things help you get your message across, don’t be afraid to use it! Share your thoughts and emotion in your own way, the bride, and the son in law will appreciate it more that way!

Attention Fathers of the Bride and Groom:  You Have a Speech to Make!


cover01_pa_thWhen your child is getting married there is a mix of emotions that can be hard to put down on paper or even articulate verbally. You are happy, sad, anxious, worried, and hopeful all at once! If you aren’t careful you could very well offend someone, in fact you may have already!

If you would like to avoid any wedding day blunders on your part you need to start planning for your toast to the bride and groom right now. Don’t delay! The big day will be here before you know it and you need to know what you’re going to say!

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