In our last blog we gave you some information for Speeches and Toasts. This time we would like to offer some guidance for the Father of the Bride.
SPEECH GUIDELINES FOR THE BRIDE'S FATHER.
1. As the host it is very much your place to welcome everyone, hoping that they have enjoyed themselves with more to come.
2. Welcome the groom's family and friends, it is generally understood that the brides family provide the hospitality, wheteher or not the costs are actually shared.
3. Welcome the groom into your family, recount a funny story about the courtship or when you first met him. Give him your support 4. The most important part of your speech is your account of your daughter growing up, her transformation from a baby to a beautiful woman about to leave your fold and embark upon the journey into married life.
5. You may wish to give some advice to both your daughter and her husband, how to handle her, her likes and dislikes and anything you can think of that makes for a long and happy marriage.
6. Finish by making the formal toast along the lines "Family and friends please be upstanding and join me in raising your glasses to... (names)... the bride and groom.
Sit down and enjoy the rest of the day.
Toasts and Speeches are often regarded as a great source of worry to the people who are called upon to make them, but it is a great honour to propose a toast or make a speech at a wedding and with a little bit of planning a great deal of satisfaction can be derived from the occasion.
A few basic rules.
1. Dont leave the preparation of your speech to the last minute.
2. If you don't bother to much effort into your speech, you won't get much out of it.
3. Have the main points written down on paper or card, number the pages, write in large letters so that you can read them from the table
while you are standing up.
4. Always use your own words as it makes it so much easier to memorise your speech.
5. Practice your speech before the day. this can be done with a friend who may offer some help or advice, or by standing in front of a mirror
when you have the house to yourself.