of the bride toast
The father of the bride toast starts off the wedding
speeches at the reception. Although
the order of events may vary according to family
preferences, the schedule of events traditionally follows
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 seats.
- 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 the family.
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
speech ahead of time and practice it.
You may prepare your own toast or check our our sample
toasts for inspiration.