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The English Toastmasters Association
A Step by Step guide to delivering the perfect speech
Officially, the brides father (or close relative or family friend) makes the first speech and proposes a toast to the bride and groom. The brides father is expected to deliver an optimistic, sentimental and entertaining speech. As you prepare your wedding speech, keep in mind the following main points....
1 - You are pleased to see so many friends and relatives
2 - You are proud of your daughter and her choice of husband
3 - You welcome your new son in law as part of the family
4 - Some stories about your daughter during her childhood and teenage years
It is not appropriate that you should cause any embarrassment to your daughter or your new son in law.
Welcome the groom's parents, other relations, friends and distinguished guests.
Thank particular people by name for their help.
Comment favourably on the brides appearance, praise her past achievements and thank her her her part in family life.
Welcome the groom into the brides family with words of praise for his character.
To end, offer sincere advice to the happy couple and wish them well for the future.
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Light heartedly break the ice and set an amusing tone for your speech.
Say what a wonderful occasion its been and tell a story about events leading up to the big day.
Say how proud you are of your daughter and provide a humorous insight into her pre-wedding years
Congratulate the groom on his good fortune and express your happiness in getting to know him and his family.
Declare your confidence in the happy couples future together and offer some entertaining thoughts or advice about what makes a successful marriage.
Thank everyone for coming and explain what's going to happen nest - is there a disco will the bride and groom be departing on their honeymoon.
End with a light hearted or sincere toast to the happy couple.
SPEECH BASED AROUND THEIR ROMANCE, RELATIONSHIP AND FUTURE
Thank all the guests for coming and anyone involved in the planning and organisation.
Comment on how happy the bride and groom are looking.
Offer up your version of the bride and grooms romance, providing details about the way the couple met, why they are so well suited and what they see in each other.
Recount an amusing episode involving their relationship and express your confidence in the happy couples future together.
End with a comical thought about love and marriage and propose a heartfelt toast to the newly weds.
SPEECH BASED AROUND YOUR OWN EMOTIONS AND SENTIMENTS
Speak of the pleasure this day brings you even though you may have had to pay for it.
Disclose your feelings about giving your daughter away and the prospect of having to make this speech.
Describe the special relationship you have with your daughter and the immense happiness she has brought into your life.
Explain your thoughts and feelings when you first met the bride groom and your immediate reaction to the news of their engagement.
Offer some wisdom based on your personal experience of marriage and end by wishing the bride and bride groom a healthy and happy future.
SPEECH BASED AROUND THE BRIDE
Thank everyone for coming to celebrate your daughters special day.
Say how beautiful she looks and how proud you are.
Praise her and talk of her attributes (interests, career, qualifications etc).
Stress the happiness you've experienced in raising her and bring to light some amusing character traits or quirks she may have.
Describe the close relationship you have with your daughter and express your love for her.
Comment on the fine choice she made for a husband and warn him what he's let himself in for.
Wish the newly weds success and happiness and propose a toast in their honour.
You may finish by asking the assembled guests to stand and raise their glasses for a toast to "The bride and bride groom".
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