If you’re like the great majority of persons who have to offer speeches at bridal ceremonies or receptions, one of the first things that you will be searching for, if you are not doing it already, is represented by an appropriate free template that you would like and that you could use for your own talk.
What does the father of the groom say in his speech?
Well, that’s exactly what this article provides: a general template which is free of charge and which defines the overall format that any discourse that is delivered by the groom’s father might have. Anyway, this format is not mandatory and you can use any other structure, if you like. The template described in this post can be considered a part of a wedding etiquette that might be valid in some regions or countries, in the sense that it presents the things that such a speaker ought to do while speaking in front of the guests and also the order in which these topics should be covered.
Typical Structure of the Father of Groom Speech Template
Can you intuit what could be the general structure of such a talk? In other words, can you guess what should be the basic sections of this type of discourse? Let me help you to deduce them.
First of all, do you remember your school years, especially the period when you were in the elementary school? I refer mostly to the composition classes, in which your teacher asked you and your classmates to create short pieces of writings on various topics, such as: a season, your family, school, town, best friend, pet, etc.
Can you say something about the recommended structure of those short essays? I don’t know what your teacher taught you regarding these little compositions, but it’s very likely that he or she advised you to make sure that those texts had three basic sections: an introductory part, a main one and a final part, which was also called conclusion or ending.
Well, this is the same overall structure that is preferred for the father of the groom wedding speech; in fact, for any type of discourse, not only for the ones give at marriage receptions. Now that you discovered the advisable format, let’s see what each of these three fundamental sections ought to include.
First Part: Introduction
How do you think you should open your talk? Well, first and foremost, you need to greet the guests and, in fact, all the attendees. This greeting can be done in a rather informal manner, by addressing to your audience with “everyone”, or you can opt for a more formal manner, in which you address to them with “ladies and gentlemen”. More details and examples of such greetings you will discover in this website’s article in which I published several samples for this type of talk.
After this initial step, what do you think you ought to do? Are you a famous person, such as a movie star or a well-known musician? If you are not, can you be sure that all the attendees know your family relation with one of the newlyweds? When someone is speaking in front of them, the audience has the right to know who is talking to them, don’t you think? So, the next part of any father of groom speech template should consist in presenting yourself to your listeners. There are basically two possibilities of doing this: either by directly revealing your family connection with one of the new spouses, or by suggesting it indirectly, by saying something like: “…my son’s has finally married…”. Personally, I don’t find it appropriate to reveal your name.
If this is suitable with your character, you can recite a poem or a quotation in the opening section, or you can even tell a carefully chosen joke. Be careful with your ideas and words, in order to avoid offending any of the attendees. Welcoming the guests is an almost mandatory topic for this type of discourse, especially if your family arranged the reception or if you speak from you and your wife, the groom’s mother; to put it more accurately, if you express the thoughts, emotions, wishes and hopes of both you and your wife.
It’s very polite to express your gratitude for those who accepted your family’s and the bride’s family’s invitation and came to the bridal ceremony and reception. The introductory section of the wedding speeches that are delivered by the fathers of the grooms can also include thanks to the marriage assistants and to the bride’s family, if they organized the party.
Second Part: Body
Are you curious what ideas you ought to cover in the next section? Well, welcoming the bride and her family in your family is almost a compulsory think to include in the main part of your talk. Of course, you can do this also in the opening section or in the final one. The second most important thing to do in the body of your discourse is to congratulate your son for the lovely lady that he chose to be his other half. You should also briefly describe your son, the groom. Optionally, you can provide some useful tips for a happy marriage, a short description of your son’s relationship with the bride and even of the way your son changes for the better since he met the woman who finally became his wife. Complimenting your new daughter-in-law and her family is another great topic for the main section of your talk.
Last Part: Conclusion
Any discourse that is offered at a bridal reception ought to finish with some good wishes for the new couple. The father of groom speech template makes no exception from this rule. This means that you should bless the newlyweds and their union in the third, which is actually the final, fundamental section of your talk. Quotes and poems are also allowed in this short part. Ending with a toast proposal for the new spouses is an almost mandatory topic for the very last part of such a discourse.