As father of the bride, one of your biggest responsibilities is to make a moving/heartfelt speech about your daughter and her new husband. If you are stuck with where to start, use this speech builder for guidance and ideas. This is a fairly standard structure. Feel free to mix things up as you see fit.

Speech Structure

‘Ladies and gentleman, I’m delighted that so many of you were able to be here on [bride] and [groom’s] special day.’

‘Good afternoon ladies and gentleman. I would like to start by saying that it is wonderful to see so many of you here today to share in this momentous day as we celebrate the marriage of my beautiful daughter and……[groom].’

‘Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to thank all of you for being here today, especially those of you who knew that I’d be saying a few words…… is very touching that you still decided to come.’

 ‘Weddings are a marvellous excuse for a big party, and today is no exception. We have a lot of people here today – grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends… and a handful of people I recognize too.’

‘This wedding has taken a lot of time and patience to organise, and decisions have sometimes been difficult to reach – like whether the place names should be decorated with gold stars or silver stars, but I’m really delighted that everything’s turned out so well. In particular I’d like to thank [groom’s] parents, [names], for all the trouble and expense they have gone to!’

‘I’d like to make a special mention of [groom’s father] and [groom’s mother], not only do I consider them to be wonderful friends, today we welcome them as family’

‘I would like to make special mention of [name] who has been enormously helpful to [bride] and [groom] in planning this wedding. Your selfless dedication can clearly be seen today.’

‘A special ‘thank you’ to [name] for all your help with wedding plans. You really went above-and-beyond and I know both [bride] and [groom] are extremely helpful for all your assistance.’

‘Today I am the proudest man in the whole world. Seeing your daughter looking so happy and radiant is a truly amazing experience, but it is tinged with a little sadness. For those who know me well, being generous does not come natural to me. It troubled me a little in the ceremony when I had to give her away.’

‘[bride] has been a wonderful daughter to [bride’s mother] and myself and at this point of our parting with her into another’s keeping we thank her for all the twenty-three unbroken years of joy that she has given us. I know she’s twenty-five, but we don’t count the first two years because there was nothing joyful about changing her nappies.’

‘[bride] is a wonderful daughter. She is beautiful, smart, caring, thoughtful and hard-working…… name just a few of her amazing qualities. Watching her grow up has been the greatest joy of my life as I have watched her journey from a helpless little baby to a strong, confident woman.(speak directly to bride) I’m proud of who you are, I’m proud of what you have done in your life and I am proud of the man you have chosen to be your husband. I wish you both a lifetime of happiness together’

‘I have no doubt of [groom’s] qualities as a husband, but as a son-in-law we’ll have to see. Will he pop round to see us every Sunday, or will I continue to have to mow the lawn and wash the car myself?’

 ‘Apparently, women sub-consciously chooses a husband with a character similar to their fathers – and only moments earlier I heard my wife describing her new son in-law as generous, sincere and good humoured.’

‘[groom] is a wonderful man. When we met him 4 years ago [story of how you met]. He instantly felt like a son to [bride’s mother] and I. Since then, we have spent a great deal of time getting to know him more and enjoying his pleasant company. I believe you have made a wonderful choice of husband [bride] and I look forward to seeing your relationship continue to blossom as you journey into married life together.’

‘But with all that said, I would like to give the happy couple the following advice…..[your own advice]’

‘This beautiful couple have demonstrated to us all what true love looks like. (speak directly to the couple) My wish for you both is that you walk together through life hand-in-hand. Trusting one another every step of the way. Celebrate with every victory. And make time to enjoy a cup of tea together every day. Let your love flow like a fountain and shine as a beacon to everyone around you. May your love break all boundaries. I wish you both an incredible life together. I love you both.’

“There are only two times in a man’s life when he can’t understand a woman – before marriage and after marriage.” – Anonymous

“The most effective way to remember your wedding anniversary is to forget once.” – Anonymous

“An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have; the older she gets the more interested he is in her.” – Agatha Christie

“Whenever you’re wrong, admit it. Whenever you’re right, shut up”. – Ogden Nash





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