father of the bride toast
The father of the bride toast starts off the wedding
speeches at the
the order of events may vary according to family
preferences, the schedule of events traditionally follows this outline:
At this point, the father rises or goes to the podium. Toasts
traditionally run from
about 30 seconds to two minutes. The father
of the bride speech may last as long as five minutes but no
longer. People's attention spans are short and guests
will become restless.
- The best man acts as emcee and makes an
announcement when it is time for the couple to cut the wedding cake.
- He takes the couple to the cake table and
invites guests to take pictures.
- He then asks guests to return to their
- After the toast glasses have been filled, the
best man calls the father of the bride to come up and make a
The father's wedding speech is the ideal time to thank guests for
sharing in the family celebration and to welcome the new son-in-law to
If you are that father, you may say something special to the
bride. Remember, however, that this will be an emotional day and you
must plan ahead for what you will say. Don't think for a minute that
you can get up there and the right words will come. Prepare
your speech ahead of time and practice it.
You may prepare your own toast or check our our sample
toasts for inspiration.
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