The father of the bride is traditionally first up on stage when it comes to the speeches. It is often viewed as a bit of a warm up act and as an opener for the father of the groom and the best man speeches. Although most people tend to tolerate this speech, it is a good idea to make it entertaining and add some amusement to it, so as to keep the guests satisfied and attentive.
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Give an Introduction
It is only natural that you introduce yourself, but it does not have to be formal. Your name and a short wisecrack to make you and your audience feel relaxed. Something along the lines of: “I’m Joe Boggs, father of the beautiful bride, Selina. I will be the one busking after the reception to make some money after paying out for this do – all donations gratefully received”.
Welcome the Parents
Mention the bride’s mother and how proud she is, and give a mention to the groom’s parents too.
Tell the Guests a Little Bit about Your Daughter
Talk a little bit about your daughter. Tell her and your audience how proud you are of her and maybe recall something amusing she did in the past (maybe as a young child). Make is memorable and give it a little feeling. Remember you are not delivering a PowerPoint presentation to your bosses at a finance meeting, so keep it light.
Talk about The Son-in-Law
He should be welcomed into the family circle. Mention something positive about him or talk about a moment when you were pretty relieved he was around. Perhaps he came at 1.00 a.m. and picked you up after you ran out of petrol or broke down?
Give Some Words of Wisdom
The father of the bride is considered the elder speech maker at a wedding reception. So, it is a great idea to impose some of your advice, soundbites or words of wisdom to the newly wedded couple.
Tell a Joke
Jokes or quips can be thrown in here at this point but always be careful that they are in good taste.
Raise a Toast
We know the best man will offer a toast at the end of his speech but as the elder speech maker, it is important you conclude your speech with a toast. Ask the assembled guests to stand and raise your glass to the happy couple.
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