Sample Speech for the Father of the Bride
Remember: Stand up to be seen... Speak up to be heard... Sit down to be appreciated!
And so to the speech itself:
Reverend Jones, Ladies and Gentlemen - Friends, 'We cannot fully enjoy life unless someone we love enjoys it with us.' Not my words, I'm afraid, although how I agree with them.
This is a truly historic day! This day, the 13th of July, will always be remembered for three world famous events. Film actor Harrison Ford was born in 1942; Live Aid concerts raised millions for charity back in 1985; and on this day in 200X, Richard married Karen!
I cannot begin to tell you how delighted I am to see my daughter, Karen, looking so radiant as she begins a new chapter of her life - as wife and partner of Richard. I know I'm also speaking for Mary when I say we are not losing Karen; we are merely entrusting her to Richard's care.
And as we have got to know Richard well over the last few months, we have come to the inescapable conclusion that this will be very good care. He has shown himself to be exactly the sort of person we had always hoped Karen would marry. He is really likeable and easy going, hard working, and he has immaculate tastes. After all, he supports United and he chose Karen, didn't he? We are delighted to welcome him formally into our family, and I hope that he is now pleased to be a member of the Matthew clan. What we find gratifying is that Richard's parents feel the same about Karen. They have taken her to their hearts, and I believe that she is a real favourite with Jack and Babs.
Mary and I are really fortunate, that the second of our lovely daughters has made a match with her Mr. Right, and indeed, as with her sister, in doing so, has brought more welcome people into our family. Of course, marriage is not only about finding the perfect partner, but also about being one. I believe that marriage will teach Richard, loyalty, self-restraint, and control. It will develop in him a sense of fair play . and many other qualities . which he wouldn't need if he had stayed single!
You know, it seems like only yesterday that I found Karen playing with her new teaset. 'Are you washing the dishes?' I asked. 'Yes,' she replied, 'and I'm drying them as well because I'm not married yet.' Richard, you have been warned! In those days, Karen's weekends were taken up with tap dancing, ballet and the pony club. She called her pony Radish and used to go round telling everyone it was her horse Radish.
As many of you know, Karen has always been a hard-working girl and she had a series of part-time jobs that helped her through college. Not long after she began working for Clareys the Cleaners, her office manager made a spot check of her work. 'Look at this desk!' he exclaimed, 'It looks as if it hasn't been cleaned in a month.' 'You can't blame me for that,' replied Karen, 'I've only worked here for a fortnight.'
Then there was the time she worked in a florists. She had to put all the little messages on the flowers, but got them mixed up. The flowers going to a wedding had a funeral card on them saying, 'With deepest sympathy.' And on the flowers for a funeral, she put a card, saying, 'Hope you'll be happy in your new home ...' Well, today it's my turn to wish you both the happiest of times together in your new home!
To be serious for a moment, I know that we suggested that you should elope and have your wedding on a beach in the Bahamas , but we're so glad you didn't, because this has been a wonderful wedding day, and it's not over yet!
It is customary on an occasion such as this for the father of the bride to offer the newlyweds some profound piece of advice, so here goes ... Happy marriages begin when we marry the one we love ... they blossom when we love the one we married. When children find true love, parents find true joy. Here's to your joy and ours from this day forward. Ladies and Gentlemen, please stand, raise your glasses and drink a toast with me to the health and happiness of Richard and Karen.
To Richard and Karen!