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Tips For The Father Of The Bride Speech

If there is one part of the wedding reception that many people are going to be looking forward to it is the father of the bride speech.

However, the only problem with this is that it puts a whole lot of pressure on him to get it right.

If you are a father of the bride worried about writing your speech, or you know that your dad is feeling the pressure, we are here to help.

We have put together some of the basics to writing the father of the bride speech and getting it right.

The timing is everything

When you are putting together a father of the bride speech the first thing that you should think about is the length of the speech.

The average speech should be around 5 minutes long, however, if you want to go shorter and stick to the 3 minute mark, then this is of course, absolutely fine.

Always make an introduction

Once you know how long you are planning to make your speech, then you need to get writing.

The place to start is by introducing who you are.

Of course, everyone is likely to know that you are the father of the bride, but, this is a nice way to start and also means that you can make an initial joke to set the tone.

Perhaps such as you haven’t actually had an invite, so you are hoping you are at the right celebration.

Welcome everyone

The next step is to welcome and thank everyone for being present at the wedding of your daughter.

You could always make a joke that whilst it is lovely to see everyone, it would have cost less without them, this one usually goes down well.

It is also a good idea at this point to make a small nod towards absent guests, however, you might want to check with the other people making speeches if they are already planning on including them as you don’t want to repeat yourself.

Send some love to the ladies in your life

Of course, you would never be a father of the bride without your daughter, so it makes sense that a huge part of your speech will be all about her.

There are so many things that you can do with this part of the speech, however, the main focus should always be that you are heartfelt that you show how important that she is to you.

Feel free to add in some amusing stories about her growing up at this point, but don’t make them too personal (unless she is happy with that of course) and also keep them relatively short.

You should also throw some thanks to the way of your wife/partner/her mum.

After all, without her you wouldn’t have such a beautiful daughter.

Welcome in your new family

A great way to finish your speech is to make sure that you welcome in your brand-new son-in-law as well as his family.

Letting them know that you are more than happy for you all to be one big family unit together.

Finally, raise your glass and propose a toast to the happy couple.

You can take a sip on your chosen glass, before sitting down, safe in the knowledge that you can now relax for the rest of the wedding celebrations.

Stephen Coleclough
Stephen Coleclough

Stephen Coleclough is one of the UK's premier wedding DJs and the winner of multiple industry awards and accolades. His favourite wedding song? Love Shack of course - a guaranteed floor filler! You can find him on Twitter at

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