The father of the bride speech is perhaps the longest
and most emotional speech at a wedding reception. It is an emotional moment for
the father of the bride to address the crowd and speak to his daughter and new
son in law. Fathers frequently break down during this part of the evening
because they are on the spot and have to talk about their little girls. This is
hard, but there are some tips to help you keep it together.
Writing the Speech
Many fathers of the bride think they donít need to write a father of the bride
speech simply because they can wing it. And, while many do take this route the
speeches arenít as smooth or cohesive as they could be. Not to mention many men
are able to keep their emotions intact when they know what they are going to
say. If they arenít prepared then it is more likely they will ramble and simply
break down. So, sit down and write a speech!
Most fathers arenít in control of the wedding planning so they have more time to
focus on speech writing. As a result, fathers of the bride can start a week or
so ahead of the wedding and come up with a first draft. It is always a good idea
to run this draft by the mother of the bride to make sure it is up to par and
will not embarrass the bride too much. Of course, a little embarrassment is
okay, but no bride wants her dad to reveal too much on her wedding day!
Delivering the Speech
When it comes to speech delivery the father should address the crowd, the bridal
party, and his new son in law and daughter. He should speak from the heart, but
also include the mother of the bride as part of his speech. But, itís okay for
the father of the bride to use personal stories, too, and this is often what
makes the father of the bride speech so special.
When you begin to give the speech address everyone. Breathe deeply and take your
time. If you do this then you will have no problem at all giving a father of the
bride speech that is truly worth listening to. And, you may even motivate some
other fathers to give similar speeches when their daughters get married.
Sample Father of the Bride Speech
"Welcome everyone! _______ and I are so glad you could be with us on this special
occasion. We are here today to celebrate the marriage of ______ and _____, my
little girl. She will always be my little girl even though I gave her away
today. Itís hard to explain a fatherís love and only another father can
understand. And I hope (speaking to son in law) you can experience and
understand this love one day. There is nothing better than to be married and
share that love with your own children. And, today as I stand here on my
daughterís wedding day I think of her future, of my grandchildren, and realize
that a new story has really begun. And, while I am no longer the man in her
life, she will always be my little girl. "
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