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If you are looking for some great tips for your upcoming father of the groom speech, then this article was written just for you (if you’re looking for some speech examples instead, click here to download some great samples of speeches)!
Pay attention to these tips and adapt them to your situation, use your creativity and intuition to notice how you could make use of these tips in your case. The reason for this is because guests are always different, as well as the newlyweds. Their personalities do have a high level of influence on how certain elements will work and others will fail.
1) Follow the typical wedding speech structure
There have been a lot of fathers out there who tried to play the smart guys. They thought it is going to work, but all they ended up getting was a level of disrespect from family members or guests for being rude or for not showing any respect to the newlyweds. To put it out simply, any father of the groom speech should follow this structure (for a more complete template with examples, visit this page):
- Introductory part
- Talking about the groom
- Talking about the bride and the couple
- Thanking everyone for their involvement and help
- Quote or personal motivational text (not mandatory, but indicated)
- Toast proposal
You probably think that you knew this, but it’s not only to be known, it’s also to be kept and respected. It’s for your own good and for the good of everyone who ever made it to the wedding ceremony.
We must not forget that these elements also have a high level of flexibility. For instance, you can use jokes in any parts of your speech. Besides jokes, you can include additional parts if you feel like some extra parts would make your speech better.
2) Watch your hands
Yes, you better watch out what you touch and how you touch it! I was kidding – it’s not all about touching. Actually it’s more about what you are doing with your hands while giving your speech. It’s your hands that will tell people how you feel about things, how relaxed you are, how serious you are about the things you are saying.
Although a lot of people don’t value the elements of body language, these things are the unwritten rules that must be followed. This happens because people are naturally made to speak in body language. Body language works very actively in speeches, but it also works in everyday conversations and we often realize some things thanks to these signals.
Successful speakers know the importance of hand positions during speeches. I would recommend you to read documents about how body language will express things you wanted or even things you wouldn’t even want to express.
3) Don’t exaggerate with things
A great father of the groom speech will know how not to exaggerate. This means everything. Never joke more than normal, never speak more than normal and so on. Although out of being polite, people wouldn’t tell you that they disrespect what you are doing, but even if they don’t say it they still remain with their judgments and opinions. You would like to avoid these situations, wouldn’t you?
You should also keep a healthy balance between being very emotional and very serious in your speech. Speeches that are filled with emotions and nothing is serious (it’s all about yourself) are truly uncreative wedding speeches. But things aren’t only about creativity. It’s about being balanced and having a good measure of every element – never too much, but never too less!
If you can adapt the above presented tips, you will have a great time with your speech. Of course, you can make use of other things you have noticed or – why not – you can come up with your own ideas and conclusions based on these ideas. Play with your ideas and get your creativity to high levels!