As the father of a beautiful bride, you’re expected to make a speech. The FOTB speech is a classic wedding day moment, and many couples choose to keep this speech in their Big Day plans even if the nuptials and reception are less than traditional. It’s something everyone looks forward to, especially the blushing lady in white.
If you are wondering what the heck you should say in this speech, fear not. Your speech does have to be long to make a big impact. In fact, short and sweet speeches are almost always best.
Help your speech-writing efforts by taking cues from the examples below. We have rounded up a wonderful variety of options, some funny, some sentimental, to help you write a speech your daughter and everyone else at the wedding will remember always. Have fun, and good luck!
“As I look at this beautiful woman before me in the lovely wedding gown, I can’t help but reflect on the girl she was and the woman she has become. She became “Daddy’s Girl” on the day she was born and has always been a princess to me. All through her life, she has brought joy to her mother and me, and while not every day has been perfect, the love I feel for her has been.
And today, she has joined hands with a wonderful young man, and in addition to the sparkle I have always seen in her eyes, today I see a love and joy there beyond anything I have seen thus far. She and [Groom] today have completed each other as they become a new family unit.
Please join me today in wishing [Bride] and [Groom] every happiness possible and a long and joyful life together as husband and wife.” – The Spruce
“Marriages, like births, mark a new beginning. The day I drove home from the hospital after [Bride] was born was a new beginning for me. To be the father of a daughter seemed a bit overwhelming but anticipation for her life and for our relationship helped me overcome my fears and work hard to be a father worthy of such a daughter.
Today, we stand at another new beginning as [Bride] and [Groom] start a brand new family. Like me, they are probably filled with a feeling of being a little overwhelmed at it all, but those feelings will melt away in large part as they anticipate their new life together and as they build a relationship that will stand the test of time.
Be true to each other always; share your joys and your burdens; love much and laugh much; be each other’s best friend. Always speak well of one another, even in private. And when things don’t go well, forgive as often as it is required. Married life is an adventure and you embark today on that adventure together. Even though you are individuals, your covenant today makes the couple more important than either of you separately.
One day, if you are as fortunate as I have been, you will stand in awe of a new life entering your family. That will be another beginning, filled with apprehension and anticipation. Bring to that relationship the same level of love and commitment you do to your marriage, and you will find joy beyond compare.
So today, your friends and family surround you as you begin something new and marvelous. Remember your promises, keep them with all your heart, and you will have that sense of joy and wonder that exceeds all you have heretofore known. With all my heart, I offer you my congratulations and warmest wishes as you begin the latest adventure life has to offer.” – The Spruce
“Every father knows that one day his daughter will find a great man, fly the nest and get married. Every father also wishes his daughter the best of luck in finding the right man, one that will make her happy beyond belief.
As a child, __________ was outgoing, strong and loving, something that she has brought into her adult life. But along the way she has picked up many skills, some from working and some from love. But everything she has done has made me the proudest father I know. Always wanting to become better in what she does, and being the generally caring person that she is, makes me unbelievably proud.
When I first met her now husband, __________, I instantly knew he was a good man, and would not be the type to mess my daughter around. Over the next few weeks I saw my daughter become happier and more confident in herself, wearing clothes that previously she had thought “made her bum look big”, or for other reasons chose not to wear. But __________ changed that. He has brought her out of her shell, let her be herself and not tried to change her to make him happy. After seeing how she was after the first couple of weeks, I hoped for her sake that it wouldn’t end, and leave her upset and heartbroken. But deep inside I think I knew that with her, I could trust __________.
Ladies and Gentlemen, please join me as I wish the bride and groom all the happiness in the world.” – Presentation Magazine
“The good thing about weddings is that, as father‐of‐the‐bride, you can show everyone how generous you are. I wanted to give you all an itemised bill so that you could see for yourselves how much these flowers cost, but my wife told me that it was not the done thing… as she slid into her astronomically‐priced hat! Seriously, I have looked forward to this day for years. [Bride’s name] makes a stunning bride and [Groom’s name] is a good man, and I wish them every happiness for the future. If they are any bit as happy as my wife and I, then they will be very happy indeed.
Marriage is an important commitment, so much so that you need a mortgage to pay for it! But it takes more than that. It needs patience and compromise, and I should know – I’ve been patiently compromising for years! [Groom’s name] just looked at his watch, which is the signal that he needs a drink, so, ladies and gentlemen, please be upstanding. I give you… the bride and groom.” – Confetti.co.uk
“I would like to thank you all for coming here today to celebrate my daughter’s wedding. Just for your information, the seating arrangement has been specially organized with all of the people that bought large presents being placed towards the front and those that bought cheaper smaller presents at the back. (Pause)
There is a special thanks for uncle Fred who is at the back for the oven glove. (Pause)
The bride would like to ask uncle Fred if she could have the other glove for their Silver Wedding Anniversary. “
“When my daughter announced she planned to marry the groom I thought I had better carry out some background checks. So I went to his local police station and asked if he was well behaved. The sergeant behind the desk was very reassuring. Apparently, they never had any bother with him whenever he spent the night there.”
Quips, One-liners, & Quote Examples to Add
“It was an emotional wedding. The mother of the bride cried. Even the cake was in tiers.”
“The strongest and sweetest songs yet remain to be sung.” – Walt Whitman
“The most effective way to remember your wedding anniversary is to forget once.”
“A toast to sweethearts; May all sweethearts become married couples, and may all married couples remain sweethearts.”
“What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are, but how you deal with incompatibility.” – Leo Tolstoy
“Just after she got engaged, my daughter asked me how much it costs to get married. I told her I wasn’t sure – I was still paying!”
“To keep your marriage brimming with love…whenever you’re wrong; admit it. Whenever you’re right, shut up.” – Ogden Nash
“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”
“Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful and endures through every circumstance.” – 1 Corinthians 13:7
“[Speaking of groom] ‘It’s customary for the father of the bride to say on a day like today that he and his wife haven’t so much lost a daughter as gained a son. Well, in our case we haven’t so much lost a daughter as gained an obsessive [insert favorite sports team, etc] fan with an unusually large collection of [personalize] and an unusually large appetite for [personalize]” – Iidea found at Confetti
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Are you nervous? Afraid you might forget the words? Not sure if you can do it in front of all those people? Don’t know what to write to be witty and funny? Check out our Total Guide to Wedding Speeches & Toasts.