A wedding is not just special for the happy couple, it is an equally important day for the father of the bride as he entrusts his daughter and her future to another man.

While the father of the bride’s speech is typically all about letting his daughter know just how cherished she is, welcoming her new husband into the family along with his parents, letting the groom know exactly what he is store for…it doesn’t have to be all serious.

Yes, a father of the bride should raise various toasts as he kicks off the speeches from the top table, but his speech can – and should – have a hint of humour to it too. If you’re not sure, see our father of the bride speech template and build your speech from that, or if you a planning to keep things brief use our short father of the bride speech.

The father of the bride doesn’t have to play second fiddle and simply be the warm up act for the best man and the groom – these father of the bride speech examples underline that. Father of the bride speech can have one or two jokes – or even more if you’re that way inclined – smattered through it. In fact, it can be just as funny as those still to come.

But what sort of jokes are right for the occasion? Can you poke fun at the bride and the groom? And equally about their relationship as a couple and what lies ahead in their new life as husband and wife?

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Here are some examples of the kind of jokes a father of the bride can include in his speech:


A bit of gentle humour towards your daughter will be well received. Don’t upset her, but you should be able to poke fun at finally ridding yourself of the financial burden.

“I never thought this day would arrive when you got married. But now I’ve finally got my bathroom back!”

“I’ve been her father for a long time and I’ve seen her be sick, wet herself and cry herself to sleep. But enough about her 18th birthday.”


As the father of the bride, you’ve almost certainly got some knowledge of what married life will have in store for the new couple. As a man, it’s only fair to give the groom one or two nuggets of information to take forward into his new life.

“The most effective way to remember your wedding anniversary is to forget once.”

“Whenever you’re wrong, admit it. Whenever you’re right, shut up.”


Give the new couple some guidance on life as a married couple. The guests at the wedding breakfast will undoubtedly all have some experience of the things you’re telling them if you use some of these jokes in your father of the bride speech.

“My wife says I never listen, or something like that.”

“It doesn’t matter how often a married man changes his job, he still ends up with the same boss.”

“Happy marriages are a matter of give and take. The husband gives, the wife takes.”

“You never know what true happiness is until you get married – but by then it’s too late of course.”

“They say love is blind. But I’ll tell you something, marriage is a real eye-opener and you’re about to find out!”

Are you nervous? Afraid you might forget the words? Not sure if you can do it in front of all those people? Still do not know what to write to be witty and funny? Check out our Total Guide to Wedding Speeches & Toasts.

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