The best father-of-the-bride speeches

The father-of-the-bride speech is always a part that I look forward to at a wedding. There’s something really special about seeing a father talk proudly about his daughter, and fathers often seem a bit more relaxed than other speech-givers – even if they might not be!

At my sister’s wedding, my dad’s attitude (we call him ‘Grumpy’) seemed to be similar to that of Rowan Atkinson’s in his famous sketch –now ‘the man who paid for the damn thing is allowed to speak a word or two of his own’. By half way through his speech, however, I realised that this was actually a really special moment for him, and for my sister, and that almost brought a tear to my eye.

Mick Jagger's speech must have been an interesting one!

Mick Jagger’s speech must have been an interesting one!

Here are a couple of my favourite father-of-the-bride speeches which I found on YouTube. I like them for different reasons, and I’ll explain why…

 

The poet

This father is obviously really creative. His poem not only is well written but also well delivered. It is entertaining and funny, yet personal and touching. I also thought it was great that he managed to mention everyone inside his poem.

 

The singer

This dad’s obviously a good singer, and I loved the way that he linked his speech to memories of his daughter’s childhood. The song was also a great choice, resulting in a personal and emotive message whilst getting everyone involved. They say that the speeches should link the formalities and the party, and this certainly did that!

 

The presentation

What I really liked about this one was that it was both funny, touching and personal, allowing the father to pass on his message, but without him having to stand up in front of everyone and talk, which can be quite daunting at times. It also allowed him to use visuals which can make a speech more interesting.

The best thing for me about all of these speeches is that each father-of-the-bride made their speech their own. They did what they do best, and this resulted in the perfect speech.

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