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The Father of the Groom Speech is a major part of the Wedding Rehearsal Dinner. He also could be asked to deliver a speech at the reception.
This page shares some tips that will help the Father of the Groom deliver a special message to his son and future daughter-in-law.
Let's start by watching an outstanding example of this speech.
This Father of the Groom Speech was delivered at the wedding of Christina and Antonio.
We'll talk about the strengths of this speech shortly.
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This Father of the Groom Speech has plenty of strengths:
+A gracious welcome to his new in-laws Kim and Ken, followed by telling the bride, Christina, that "she looks very beautiful" and a heartfelt welcome to the family.
+He expresses his (as well as his wife's) appreciation to everybody for their kindness and hospitality.
+He shares the happiness experienced by his entire family over Christina and Antonio's marriage.
+Nice touches of humor. funny and appropriate for the occasion.
+At the 2:43 mark, the speech is concluded with a brief and eloquent toast for the bride and groom.
+Excellent Eye Contact- He speaks directly to the bride and groom as well as the guests.
+Well Poised- Very comfortable and confident. Plus, he spoke in a conversational tone of voice.
About the Father of the Groom Speech...
The speech lasts between 3 and 5 minutes.
The Father of the Groom Speech usually is the first of the Rehearsal Dinner Speeches.
This speech welcomes everybody to the dinner and sets the tone for the other speeches to follow.
Your goal for the Father of the Groom Speech is to talk about some of your past moments with the groom and share the happiness that you are feeling for the bride, groom, and this milestone in their lives.
Note: If the Father of the Groom is deceased, make sure that the person delivering the speech says some nice words in the father's memory. Also, make a comment about how happy the father would have been for his son.
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At what occasion(s)will the Father of the Groom 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 major speech for the Father of the Groom Speech will be the Rehearsal Dinner. You might also be asked to deliver a Father of the Groom Speech at the reception.
The speech and toast formulas that you will see on this website are appropriate for any of these occasions.
The order of Rehearsal Dinner Speeches
A common, but not required speaking order is:
1st: Father of the Groom
2nd: Father or 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 Reception Speeches
The typical, but not required speaking order is:
1st: Father or Mother of the Bride Speech (unless he/she speaks last)
3rd: Best Man
4th: Maid of Honor
5th: Father of the Groom
6th: Other Speakers
Final Speaker: Father/Mother of the Bride (unless he/she speaks first)
The order of the Wedding Farewell Brunch Speeches varies.
Father of the Groom Speech Format
*Say your Name and introduce yourself as the Father of the Groom.
*Thank the guests for attending
*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 son.
*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 son’s childhood, the first time you met the bride, 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.
Your Father of the Groom Speech CAN be Much Easier...
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.
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