Top tips for writing the Father of the Bride speech

You’re giving away your little girl who’s all grown up, it is an emotional day for everybody, but the father of the bride often is as emotional as anybody. Walking your daughter down the aisle is not your only duty for the wedding day however, you’re also expected to deliver an emotional speech bringing tears to the eyes of everyone in attendance. If you are struggling to think of what to put in your Father of the Bride speech we have some great tips to help you get through it while looking like an old pro.

Introduce yourself

Everybody might recognise you as the guy that walked the bride down the aisle, but that doesn’t mean they know who you are. Give a quick introduction and if you feel nervous put in a little joke right from the get-go to ease your nerves. Formally welcome everybody to the ceremony and thank them for being there. You’ll want to give special mentions to the bride’s mother and the parents of the groom.

Bride

You are the father of the bride, so people will be expecting to hear about her. Traditionally, people won’t hear from the bride so this is the chance everyone will get to find out how she grew up and how proud you are of the woman she has become. Let everybody know of the achievements she has accomplished in her life and maybe a funny story you remember about her when she was growing up.

Groom

Welcome the groom to your family, how you do this is up to you but offering a gift to him at this point will go down well and give you an opportunity to get your breath back. Recall the first time you met him, the positive first impression you had and how you are glad to have him as a part of the family. In your Father of the Bride speech, say how well suited you think he and your daughter are and provide an example of this.

Be honest

This is your opportunity to get up in front of a crowd of people and really declare how proud you are of your daughter and the life she has made for herself. Express your feelings about your new son-in-law and how you are glad he will be a part of your daughter’s life. As you come to the end of your speech, include a toast to the newlywed couple that comes straight from the heart.

Things you shouldn’t do

Don’t go on too long, people will be genuinely interested in what you have to say but only to a point. Try not to embarrass your daughter too much, telling a few anecdotes about her growing up are fine as long as they aren’t going to want her to feel like she wants the ground to swallow her up. Also, don’t talk too much about yourself. By all means, let everybody know who you are, but the guests are all here to enjoy the happy couple’s day, not a brief history of your life.

It can be hard to know what to say when publicly speaking about your family. Many of us leave things unsaid, but this is your opportunity to say those positive things you’ve been unable to say for years. Putting your emotions into the speech might make you tear up a bit, but you can guarantee you won’t be the only one if you get your speech right. Following these tips will help make sure you nail your Father of the Bride speech, without forgetting to mention anybody.

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