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This speech, delivered by the Mother of the Bride, is an important part of the wedding for the guests...and a monumental moment for the father.
Let's start by watching a terrific example of this speech.
Barry spoke at the wedding of his daughter, Alyssa, to Josh.
We'll talk about the strengths of this speech shortly.
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This Mother of the Bride Speech has plenty of strengths:
+Sheila starts her speech by thanking everybody for attending the Bridget and Nick's wedding. She adds her happiness that there are so many wonderful people who know Bridget and Nick.
+Sheila uses a her mother's quote of "this too shall pass" to assure Bridget and Nick that any tough times that they experience are only temporary--as well as to hold onto and enjoy the great times.
+Sheila does a nice job of sharing how proud she is of Bridget, the first time that she met her future son-in-law, and how delighted she is about their marriage.
+Throughout the speech, Sheila pays terrific compliments to the bride and groom as well as other members of the party.
+Well Poised- Sheila looks very comfortable.
+At the 4:15 mark, Sheila concludes her speech with a toast for the bride and groom.
In essence, the mother is giving away her daughter after helping to raise her since she was born. Understandably, delivering the speech can be an emotional time.
Don't worry. This website share some tips that will help the Mother of the Bride survive this speech and give a beautiful, heart-felt message in the process.
The speech lasts between 3 and 5 minutes.
The Mother of the Bride Speech is typically, but not always the first or last of the reception speeches.
If delivered first, this speech tends to welcome everybody to the wedding and set the tone for the other speeches to follow.
If delivered last, it welcomes everybody to the wedding and marks the end of the speeches. In this case, the Mother of the Bride Speech can be a transition to the continuation of the reception.
The purpose of this Speech is to talk about some of your past moments with the bride and share the happiness that you are feeling for the bride, groom, and this milestone in their lives.
At what occasion(s)will the Mother of the Bride Deliver Speeches?
Be sure to get in touch with the bride and groom about their expectations well in advance. You may speak at any or all of these events:
Wedding Farewell Brunch
The most formal event for a Father of the Bride Speech will be the Reception. If an additional Father of the Bride Speech is delivered at The Rehearsal Dinner, it will probably be less formal than the Reception.
The speech and toast formulas that you will see are appropriate for any of these occasions.
The Order of Reception Speeches
The typical, but not required speaking order is:
1st: Mother of the Bride Speech (unless she speaks last)
3rd: Best Man
4th: Maid of Honor
5th: Father or Mother of the Groom
6th: Other Speakers
Final Speaker: Mother of the Bride (unless he/she speaks first)
The order of Rehearsal Dinner Speeches
A common, but not required speaking order is:
1st: Father or Mother of the Groom
2nd: Mother of the Bride
3rd: Best Man
4th: Maid of Honor
5th: Bride and Groom or Other Speakers
6th: Other Speakers or Bride and Groom
The order of the Wedding Farewell Brunch Speeches tends to vary.
Father of the Bride Speech Format
*Say your Name and introduce yourself as the Father of the Bride.
*Thank the guests for attending
*If you are also speaking during the rehearsal dinner, thank the host(s) of the event
* Welcome the in-laws to the family and make a warm comment about the person who will marry your daughter.
*Finally, say the main points that you will discuss during the speech body.
*Explain the two or three ideas that you previewed in the introduction (memories from your daughter’s childhood, the first time you met the groom, three positive qualities, etc.).
Conclusion and Toast
*Repeat Your Main Points. This is a signal to the audience that your speech is coming to an end.
*Ask everybody to please raise their glasses for a toast to the couple.
*Give your toast
*Say Cheers! and expect a similar response from the guests.
Where should you go from here?
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Start by clicking on speaking areas listed to the side or below that you want to visit.
See the Speech Anxiety Page if you want to tackle your nervousness and speak with more confidence.
The Audience Analysis Page is a must. Learning about your audience can be the difference between an outstanding speech and a disaster.
You might be thinking of making this a funny speech. Before you do, view the Funny Speech Page.
If you want to complement your speech with a special touch, but don't know what to add, scan the Wedding Poem Page for some ideas.
Using Visual Aids? This can be tricky and fall apart if you are not prepared. See the Visual Aids Page for the do's and don'ts before going down this path.
Check out the Speech Outline Page to see a 3-step formula for a speech that the audience will follow, understand, and enjoy.
Check out the Speech Writing Page to quickly and painlessly organize your speech.
The Delivery Tips Page will show you some tips to help you speak like a pro.
Every coach says "Practice! Practice! Practice!" Why? Because it works. Wedding Speeches are no exception. Go to the Practice Page to find the fastest and easiest ways to focus your practices.
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