Before sitting down and letting the Groom take centre stage, it's essential that any dad's wedding speech concludes with a Father of the Bride toast.
The Father of the Bride toast doesn't need to be anything over the top, anything too emotional or side-splittingly funny, it's simply a traditional salutation that provides a fitting conclusion to the wedding speech.
This article takes a closer look at the Father of the Bride toast, and suggests some magical words for you to use on the day.
What is a Father of the Bride Toast?
A toast is essentially a few words of congratulation, good luck or appreciation that's immeditately followed by a drink to the relevant person or people. In the case of the Father of the Bride toast, the words are good luck and congratulatory ones, and are aimed solely towards the Bride and the Groom.
The aim of the Father of the Bride toast is simple - to convey a sincere message of health and happiness (and optionally wealth) to the newlyweds. Due to its simplicity, the Father of the Bride toast should only take a minute or two in total.
The Father of the Bride toast will be the first of a number made on the day, and will be followed later in the proceedings by toasts by both the Groom and the Best Man. On certain occasions, the Bride, Maid of Honour, and sometimes others, may also choose to raise a toast.
Suggested Words for the Father of the Bride Toast
There's no set rules for a Father of the Bride toast, and as long as the words 'health' and 'happiness' (optionally 'wealth' as well) are included, then you've ticked all the necessary boxes.
As such, and as with the speech itself, you are free to say whatever feels right. We'd try to avoid uneccessary waffle, and try to keep it brief and relatively straight to the point. Aim for one to three sentences worth of sentiment, and you won't go far wrong.
The following are examples of typical Father of the Bride toast words you could use:
"Now I invite you all to raise a toast to my beautiful daughter and my new son-in-law. May they live a wonderfully healthy life together and enjoy many, many years of happiness. To the Bride and Groom."
"Before I take a seat I have one last task to perform, and it's a task that is both my honour and my priviledge. Ladies and Gentlemen, please raise your glasses and join with me in wishing the newlyweds a healthy, wealthy and very happy future together."
"It's reached that time in the proceedings that you've all been looking forward to - not only am I about to sit down and shut up, but you also get to wet your palette! So please be upstanding as we wish the Bride and Groom a long, healthy and happy future together"
"Ladies, Gentlemen, boys and girls, please could you all take to your feet and charge your glasses to a healthy, wealthy and happy future for the Bride and Groom. May they enjoy as many happy times together as myself and my beautiful wife have."