How to construct a father of the bride speech

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How to construct a father of the bride speech
The speech by the father of the bride is a tradition. (Family image by Mat Hayward from

An important and anticipated part of any wedding reception is the speech made by the father of the bride. Constructing this speech can be a stressful and time-consuming task. It is important that your speech is well thought out because your daughter will likely remember this speech for the rest of her life.

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    Introduce yourself to the wedding guests because many of them may not know who you are, especially if they are relatives and friends of the groom. Welcome guests and thank them for attending your new son-in-law and daughter's special day. Identify special guests such as grandparents or aunts and uncles.

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    Compliment your daughter on the person that she is and how beautiful she looks. Convey what she means to you and the special place she has in your life. Share stories of her childhood that have helped form the person she is. Let her know how your life changed when she was born and how happy you are to be her father. Include jokes or sayings that are special to the two of you.

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    Share a few things about the couple's relationship, including how the bride's life changed when she met the groom. Share your first impressions of the groom and how you felt when you found out they were going to be married. This is also your opportunity to welcome him into your family and thank him for making your daughter happy.

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    Tell the couple your wishes for their life together and let them know how proud you are and that you love them both. Raise your glass and toast the couple.

Tips and warnings

  • Compose your speech on index cards. These can be kept in your pocket until it is time for you to give your speech.
  • Don't tell stories that could embarrass the couple or guests.

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