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Father of the Bride Speech Advice


Father of The Bride giving his speechSweaty palms, dry mouth, nervous tic in the eye are all symptoms the nervous father of the bride can experience when thinking about the father of the bride speech he is to give on that most important day of his daughter's life. Most men are already feeling torn apart by giving their daughter away to her true love, now he has to talk to a large crowd about the big day and it can make even the most stout hearted dad a bit crazy! Planning the father of the bride speech involves some key points dad should keep in mind.

So, here are a few father of the bride speech advice that you might want to listen before you make your speech.

Much like other public speaking, the father of the bride speech should be planned out well in advance of the wedding day. First off, you want to introduce yourself to the guests and wedding party. Yes, most of them probably already know who you are just by the fact that you walked your daughter down the aisle, but you still want to introduce yourself and thank them for sharing this happy day with your family. The simple act of introducing yourself at the beginning of the father of the bride speech may help to calm your nerves and allow the father of the bride speech to flow easier off of your tongue.

Talk about your daughter, her character and personality as well as humorous stories, but don't involve any ex-boyfriends! Like the time she wanted a puppy so badly she hooked one of her stuffed dogs up with a collar and leash, dragging it around for weeks, pretending she was caring for it as if it were a real dog. When her mother insisted on washing it, she was positive her 'puppy' was going to drown in the washing machine! Stories make the father of the bride speech warmer and will help put you at ease.

Welcoming your new son-in-law to the family should also be a big part of the father of the bride speech. Telling how you were introduced to him and how you have gotten to know him better will make his family proud and show how happy you are to include him in your family. And don't forget to mention in your wedding speech just how happy he makes your daughter and how that is every father's dream and wish for their daughter. If you have a humorous story about the new family member be sure to include it!

Continuing with the father of the bride speech advice, the father of the bride speech should also involve thanking the people who helped make the day happen. Months of preparation go into making the day special and those involved should know how much they are appreciated. Her mother who helped raise her and helped plan a large portion of the festivities should be acknowledged as well as members of the wedding party who often share in the planning and set-up duties. Thanking the minister, florist and other family members who helped should also be a part of the father of the bride speech. If the groom's family was involved financially or in the planning or set-up make sure you also thank them within your father of the bride speech. Don't forget to thank non-paid friends who may have helped with decorations, food preparation, the bride's make-up and hair, etc. In these economic times many weddings are using unpaid offers of help as opposed to hiring every single job that needs done.

The ending of the father of the bride speech should conclude with a toast to the new couple. Toast to their future happiness and prosperity together as well as to their continued good health.

Planning and preparation for the father of the bride speech is the key to keeping you relaxed and confident in your ability to get through the evening. Start by jotting down the key points you want to make sure are included in the father of the bride speech as well as a list of people you would like to thank. Writing out the stories you want to tell will help you refine the wording and make the story fun to listen to as well as easier for you to tell. Talk to other family members since they may remember stories that don't come to your mind. Put the father of the bride speech in the order you want to tell it, either on index cards or on a sheet of paper. Make sure it is legible and the print large enough for you to easily see even when nervous and towards the end of a long day. Having something to refer to while speaking will make your father of the bride speech flow more smoothly and naturally. It is also a good idea to pack some mints or hard candy; this will help keep your mouth from getting too dry before your big moment.

Once your father of the bride speech is written and refined then you need to practice it to make sure the words flow easily and make sense. Stand in front of a mirror and go over the speech several times. Make any adjustments in wording or phrasing at this time as well as any additions or taking away parts that you're not happy with. Make sure you are standing since you will be standing at the reception while giving the father of the bride speech. If you're afraid your hands will shake while talking, make sure you can see your notes from a standing position and lay them flat on the table during your speech.

If you know that you will be nervous when giving the father of the bride speech then be upfront about it before you start! Most people are not comfortable with public speaking and acknowledging that to the room at the beginning may actually put you more at ease than you have anticipated. Take all of these advice into account and plan and prepare and your father of the bride speech will be as successful as the day it is written for!

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