How time flies. It seems like only yesterday you were changing her nappy and now here you are making a Father of the Bride speech!
There is a special bond between father and daughter that is difficult to explain for anyone who has never experienced it before, but you must remember that today is not the end of that bond, it is simply the beginning of a different one. Sure you are giving her away to the man of her dreams, but hey, at least she wonít be bleeding you dry and borrowing your car all the time!
When it comes to the Father of the Bride speech, the good news is that you are first up and you get to set the standard that others must follow. The bad news however, is that youíre the first up and you get to set the standard that others canít fail to beat (only joking!).
The wedding itself will be an emotional day for you, so you should look to use your Father of the Bride speech wisely and tell your daughter all those things that you'd always wanted to say to her, but never quite found the time.
As well as waxing lyrical about your little girl, you should also find a few moments within the Father of the Bride speech to mention your daugher's new partner - and remember, even if they wouldn't be your first choice, this isn't the time to let this slip! Jokes, quotes and one liners make a welcome addition to any Father of the Bride speech but should be kept to a minimum - of all the wedding speeches, yours should be the one with the least humour and most sensitivity so by all means include them, but sparingly.
If you're struggling for things to say, looking for specific points to cover within your Father of the Bride speech or are wanting to inject a little humour, you may want to check out our dedicated Wording the Speech and Bride's Father Speech Jokes & Quotes articles.
Whatever you choose to say at the beginning and during the middle of your oration, every good Father of the Bride speech should always conclude with the raising of a toast to the health and happiness of the newlyweds. This doesn't need to be anything complex, but as this will typically be the very last thing you say before you take your seat you may wish to make this the most sentimental and meaningful part of your whole speech.
For some inspirational advice and suggested wordings, our Father of the Bride toast article is well worth a read.
Writing the Father of the Bride speech is only half the battle however, and unless you successfully learn your lines and deliver the goods on the day, then all your efforts will have been in vain. Age brings wisdom and experience, and many of you will already be experts at presenting in front of a crowd or making speeches to the masses. But for any dads who are struggling somewhat, there are a whole host of things you can do to ensure everything runs smoothly on the day - our Speech Making and Father of the Bride Tips articles provide some useful help and advice and are musts for any nervous dads out there.
Finally, remember that the Father of the Bride speech is your moment in the spotlight, your chance to say some magical words that the guests, wedding party and, most importantly, your daughter will remember forever.
Let's face it, you've probably paid for most things at the wedding, so make sure you enjoy it.
For those of you wanting to find out more, we've a whole host of other wedding speech articles on the site packed full of expert information and inspirational ideas, not to mention our online wedding directory that's filled with toastmasters, speech writers and more.
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