As the father of the bride, giving a speech at your daughter’s wedding is a significant honor and responsibility. Your words have the power to set the tone for the entire event and will be remembered by your family and guests for years to come.
As a live wedding artist, I have attended a lot of wedding receptions. I have laughed and cried at many speeches.
To help you deliver a meaningful and memorable speech, here are four points I’ve notes to include in your father of the bride speech:
- Welcome and Acknowledge the Guests
Begin your speech by welcoming and acknowledging the guests. Thank them for coming and being a part of this special day. You can also recognize family members and friends who have traveled from far away to attend the wedding. This will create a warm and welcoming atmosphere, setting the stage for your heartfelt words.
- Share Personal Memories
Next, share personal memories of your daughter growing up. Talk about the special moments you shared, the milestones she achieved, and the lessons she taught you. This is an opportunity to reflect on the bond between you and your daughter and the love and pride you feel as her father. These memories will bring a smile to everyone’s faces and set a sentimental tone for the speech.
- Welcome the Groom
After sharing your memories, welcome your new son-in-law to the family. Express your happiness in gaining a new son and speak about the qualities that make him a great match for your daughter. This is also an opportunity to share a funny story or anecdote about how the couple met, or how you first met the groom. Be sure to convey your confidence in their future together.
- Offer Words of Wisdom and Best Wishes
Finally, offer your daughter and her new husband your words of wisdom and best wishes for their future together. You can share a quote or a piece of advice that has guided you through life or your own marriage. You can also offer congratulations and express your love and support for the couple. This is a great way to wrap up your speech and leave everyone feeling uplifted and inspired.
In conclusion, giving a father of the bride speech is a wonderful opportunity to express your love and pride for your daughter and welcome your new son-in-law into the family. By including these four points, you can deliver a heartfelt and memorable speech that will be cherished by everyone who hears it.
Cheryl Morrice is a live wedding painter working throughout the UK.
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