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    I've just started writing the 'Father of the Bride' speech I'm due to give at my sisters wedding on Fri. I got lots of material a while ago and had most of it planned out but I'm now struggling with how to start the spiel.

    Originally my Dad was far too ill to make the journey over from the US for the wedding which would have been fine as I knew what to say there i.e Welcome you all here on behalf of my Mother Elaine and Father Craig who unfortunately can't be with us today but I know he sends the happy couple his best wishes.

    He's now made a recovery and is now here and will be walking my sister down the isle of the hall to 'give her away' but I'm still escorting her to the back of the hall and am on the top table with the speech to give. And thats where my problem lies.

    I can not think for the life of me how to start this speech while my Dads sat there in the room with his new wife and also my Mum and her partner (who's looked after us all since we were kids)

    Can anyone help me?

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    Default Re: Help with speech

    Quote Originally Posted by Ubique
    I've just started writing the 'Father of the Bride' speech I'm due to give at my sisters wedding on Fri. I got lots of material a while ago and had most of it planned out but I'm now struggling with how to start the spiel.

    Originally my Dad was far too ill to make the journey over from the US for the wedding which would have been fine as I knew what to say there i.e Welcome you all here on behalf of my Mother Elaine and Father Craig who unfortunately can't be with us today but I know he sends the happy couple his best wishes.

    He's now made a recovery and is now here and will be walking my sister down the isle of the hall to 'give her away' but I'm still escorting her to the back of the hall and am on the top table with the speech to give.* And thats where my problem lies.

    I can not think for the life of me how to start this speech while my Dads sat there in the room with his new wife and also my Mum and her partner (who's looked after us all since we were kids)

    Can anyone help me?
    Do your mum and dad still have a decent relationship, as in can they chat and still communicate ?

    You want a one liner to break the ice I suppose, then launch into it

    http://www.presentationhelper.co.uk/...nor-speech.htm

    There's a few good ones here as templates you could articulate more !

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    I'm just grateful for the clarification; I read the 'I've just..' thread and thought you were your sister's father!

    Usually the Father-of-the-bride speech is reminiscing about the bride's childhood, welcoming the groom to the family and talking about your impressions of his introduction and integration into the family... that kind of thing.

    Only obviously more heartfelt and funny


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    Cheers guys will be trying to get it all finished off tomorrow (today)


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    Don't do what I did, so proud of my daughter, so proud to welcome her husband into the family, they had to turn the lights off round me and drag me away.............................................. ...I blame the occasion and being slightly pissed


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    Get Mark and the rest of the parachutists to stand outside, and gently remind the groom that he is in your family now, and if he misbehaves they'll shoot him.

    Or, you could do it in a Marlon Brando voice, go around telling people that you will grant them a favour on the day of your 'daughters' wedding.

    Or, you could just start it wit pretty much exactly what you posted here, ie

    'I had a speech all planned for if Dad couldn't make it here, and now he has made it, that speech can't be used. I was going to talk about him being missed, sorry he couldn't be here etc, but now he is, so that was 5 minutes of speech writing wasted. At least he can get a round in now.'

    Then talk about how honoured you are that you were asked to fill the shoes of your dad, and to give the speech. Give the groom a gentle threat, remind him that once you enter the family, there's no getting out. That sort of thing.

    Remember, it's not a speech to try and get a job, impress people etc. It's a speech about someone you have known all of your life, given to people who are not going to be judging you. If you fuck it up, it won't matter at all.

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    Cheers Rich thats a cracking idea & one I'd not thought of, could even chuck in a comedy screwing up of a fake speech and throwing it over my shoulder.

    I'm not too worried about standing up there and giving the speech (I'll be half cut by then anyway - don't worry I'll make sure I get a good nights sleep tomorrow lol). I think what Ive got so far is going to go down well, a couple of 'fatherly advice' type gags and a little embarrassing story to make my sister blush.

    I'll have a little bit play about with my speech after I get back from cricket (got to go and get my arse kicked by the RAF ) then I'll probably pop it up here for you all to have a little look at (and have a laugh at my expense lol)


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    No probs mate.


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    Wear the skirt you had on last week. Then you can say what you like because noone will remember!


 

 

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