What Exactly Should You Say in Your ‘Father of the Bride’ Speech?

  • Father of the Bride (or Friend of the Family)
  • Thanks the guests for coming and sharing in the special day.
  • Thanks everyone who contributed to the cost of the wedding.
  • Compliments and praises his daughter and welcomes her new husband into the family.
  • Toasts the bride and groom.

Top Tips for a Flawless Speech

Don’t panic! A little careful planning will help you deliver a speech to be proud of…

  • Keep to the point – 5 to 10 minutes at most.
  • Look up, smile and look around the guests. If you look happy and confident, you’ll sound it too.
  • If you’re not naturally witty, don’t try too hard. Be sincere and speak from the heart.
  • Prepare well in advance – not the night before.
  • Practise your speech out loud a few times and time it to make sure it doesn’t overrun. If possible, read it to someone who’s opinion you trust.
  • If you’re an inexperienced speaker, write the speech out in full rather than in note form.
  • Be funny if you can but avoid sexual innuendos or anything risqué. Elderly relatives will be listening as well as your friends, so it must be suitable for all.
  • Keep your sentences short and you language conversational and informal.
  • If you’re not used to speaking in public, use a microphone if there is one. If not, lift your head and project your voice – don’t talk into your notes. You’ll need to speak up to be heard at the back of the room.
  • Don’t rush or you’ll fall over your words. Take a deep breath and take your time.