Your little girl is getting married! Every father’s dream is to walk his little, beautiful princess down the aisle and give her away to the man that is going to love and cherish her for the rest of her life.
Nevertheless, walking down the aisle is the easy part. The hard part comes when it is time to give a speech, in front all of the guests present.
You might be the type of dad who loves to gush about his little girl – producing tears and red faces aplenty – or you might be a dad who prefers to keep his emotions closer to his chest and hide it from other. No matter what, you want to construct a speech you will love giving and your daughter will love hearing.
If expressing your love trough words does not come easy to you, do not worry because we have you covered- here are some of the best tips and tricks for writing and giving a great father of the bride speech.
Introduce yourself; most of the guests will know who you are.
However, it is worth a quick introduction and a quick joke to break the ice and get everyone in the mood for a speech.
Welcome your guests to the wedding;
You should always politely and formally welcome all the guests and thank them for attending the wedding.
Thank the bride’s mom for all her hard work and for helping raise such a wonderful daughter.
Moreover, while you are there, thank any siblings too, so that they do not feel left out.
Welcome the groom into the family.
The way you are going to approach this depends on the kind of relationship you have with him. You could have a funny approach or a sentimental welcome. Keep the sentiment positive and make sure to mention how happy you are to have him in your daughter’s life and wish them many happy years of happiness for their future together.
Praise your daughter.
This is the core of the father of the bride’s speech and you would want this to be memorable and heartfelt.
Try telling an anecdote that exemplifies your daughter.
This could be something silly or funny she did as a child or something funny she did as a teenager. Whatever story you choose to tell, try to keep it short. Say how proud you are of the woman she has become and compliment her on how well she looks today. You could mention her achievements but sometimes, saying you are proud of her, implies all that.
Finish your speech with a toast by asking all guests to stand and raise a glass to the newlyweds, drink to their happy marriage, and wish them fun at the wedding.