Here’s our suggested father of the bride speech structure to plan your speech:
1. Introduce yourself
Don’t forget to introduce yourself as the proud father of the bride as it’s likely that not all the guests will know you as the bride’s dad!
2. Greet the wedding guests
Welcome all the guests to the wedding reception. If there is a dear friend or family members who have travelled a particularly long way to be at the wedding day, this is a good opportunity to thank them for being there as a wedding guest.
3. Talk about your daughter
A father of the bride speech should of course refer to the beautiful bride herself and fond memories of your time together as father and daughter. Reflect on the bride’s childhood and her happy life growing up – if you’d like to inject a funny story or two this is a good point to do so! Perhaps reflecting on times you had late night phone calls from your daughter asking to be picked up from random places or her dreams of meeting her prince charming when she was little!
4. Pay tribute to the woman she’s become
Time for the tissues! Father of the bride speeches are one of the few occasions to tell your daughter exactly how you feel about her. Express how proud you are to have such a daughter and the beautiful woman she has grown into, now here on her wedding day – one of the most important days in your daughter’s life.
5. How the bride and groom met
Time to talk about your new son in law! Perhaps a few words about how the bride came to meet this wonderful young man or a funny story about your initial thoughts of your son in law when you first met?
6. Offer some marriage advice
Time for a few words of wisdom from the proud father! Perhaps reflect with the bride’s mother as to what makes for a long and happy life together and include your tips for your new son in law? Or some funny father of the bride advice around the groom’s job from now on being to keep your daughter happy at all costs?!
7. Raise a toast
Welcome your daughter’s new husband to the family along with the groom’s parents – the new in laws. A father of the bride speech should always finish with a toast to the bride and groom.