The Father of the Bride

Father of the Bride – Speech Writing Guide

How to Write a Father of the Bride Speech - Do's & Don'ts

Do

...remember the mother of the bride. Your speech should speak on behalf of both of you. Forgetting to include the mother of your bride I your speech is painful short cut to a week spent sleeping in the spare room.


Don't

...use the same old tired jokes everyone has heard before. All your guests will have been to other weddings and heard the same jokes repeated time and time again.

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Do

...break your speech down into phases. It will make the writing process easier to manage and you can simply work on one phase at a time rather than trying to write the whole speech in one sitting.


  1. Introduction - Introduce yourself. If you can start with an early jokes to the laughs will help relax yourself and your audience. Also make sure you say your name, it’s likely you won’t have met all the guests before and some might not know your name.
  2. The formal bit - Welcome everyone to the wedding on behalf of yourself and the bride's mother (it's a big day for her too), especially the Groom's parents and family.
    Offer a toast to "absent friends".
  3. Daddy's Girl - This is your chance to get a little revenge on your daughter and tell a couple of funny stories from her youth. It’s also the time to tell her how proud you are of her and all that she means to you.
  4. Here comes the Groom - Mention the Groom and formally welcome him into your family. You can also aim a few jokes his way or perhaps mention the first time you met him and what you really thought at the time.
  5. Words of wisdom - As the elder statesman of the wedding party it's your role to offer some words of advice or insights into marriage, this is a good place to deliver some jokes or quotes and also mention your own wife.
  6. Toast - Finish your speech by asking everyone to raise their glasses to the newlyweds which is the traditional way to bring your speech to a close.

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Don't

...tell overly long stories, these can really slow your speech down and can be too long for guests to stay focused on. Keep anecdotes short, they should fit into no more than three sentences.

Do

...mention the bride’s brother or sisters, after all they have played a massive part in the bride's life and her journey to this special day.



Don't

...be over sentimental. While you’ll have things you really want to say to the bride keep in mind that there are some things that might be best said in private. If you have things you want to say you don’t feel comfortable sharing with all the guest write a separate letter and give it to the bride on the day.

Do

...transfer your speech onto smaller cards. Holding an A4 sheet of paper can be a bit cumbersome so having your speech written on smaller cards is not just easier to hold, it’s actually easier to mentally breakdown and remember.



Don't

...simply stare at the page while giving your speech. Make eye contact with the guests, it will help you pace your speech and also show the guests you’re confident which will make them more confident in your delivery.

Do

...practise your speech out loud. Things that might work on paper might not work as well when you say them out loud so practise your speech by reading it aloud to see if it needs any final edits. Or better still, find a helpful volunteer to listen to your finished speech and give you some feedback.



Don't

...make it too long or worse still, too short. The ideal length of a wedding speech is around 7 minutes. To get the timing right time yourself saying it out loud.

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