When preparing for a discourse of a certain type, a general structure or format of such a talk is probably the best thing you could possibly get. That’s because you can use this structure and adapt it, if necessary, for your situation. The resource that is promoted by this website contains a lot of father of the groom speech examples, samples and templates that you can use, adjust or combine for obtaining the discourse that you would like to offer at your son’s upcoming wedding ceremony or reception.
An interesting and useful template for such a talk can also be found right here, in this article, where I included the best ideas and the most valuable topics that you should cover in your speech. Of course, the format presented in the sections of this post is not mandatory; you can select any elements that you like from it, you can change their order and add any other subjects that you like.
Moreover, it’s important to know that I don’t guarantee that your discourse will be successful if you follow this template, because the success of such a talk depends not only on the content of the speech, but also on the way you deliver it and even on whether you use some essential tips or not. These tips are covered in other articles that I published on this website and also in the resource that I told you about in the previous paragraph. Anyway, I’m sure that you, as the groom’s father, can appreciate the value of the template revealed in this post after you will go through all the sections below.
The 3 Parts of Any Father of the Groom Speech Template
You should be aware that your talk can be regarded as a written composition. If you think at the time when you were in school and your teacher gave you homeworks in which you had to compose short pieces of writing on various themes, topics and subjects, you certainly recall the three well known parts of such a composition: the introduction, the body and, of course, the ending. Well, these should be also the three components of any type of discourse, inclusively yours. Read the following paragraphs for discovering what topics you ought to cover in each of these three major sections.
The Opening of Your Wedding Toast
So, your father of groom speech should open with a pretty small part, in which you should “introduce” your audience in your talk. In other words, you ought to set the atmosphere of your discourse in the intro, which should not exceed the length of a few sentences. Taking into account that the introduction and the ending should be considerably smaller than the main section of the speech, also known as the body, and that the recommended duration of a talk delivered at a wedding is somewhere around five minutes, it’s very easy to deduce that you should speak for at most one minute during the intro.
Let me tell you, first of all, the so-called “mandatory” things to do in this opening section. However, you can move them in another part, that is to say, in the body or in the ending, or you can even omit any of them, but you will see that they are really important. Greeting the attendees and introducing yourself are the two essential “duties” you really need to accomplish in this initial section.
By doing this, you prove that you are a polite and well educated person. If you are famous, like a movie or music star, then probably presenting yourself would be useless, but it can’t harm you or your discourse. In the intro of your father of the groom speech template, the guests can be greeted in either a formal manner, like “Good evening, ladies and gentlemen!”, or an informal manner: “Hello, everybody!”. Be aware that the kind of greeting and, in fact, all the opening section, sets the tone of your whole discourse. I suggest you to opt for a friendly, relaxed and warm tone, if such a tone is suitable for your character and personality, of course.
Other things you should do in the introduction are: welcoming the guests and thanking them for being there, with you and your family, in such an important moment of your life: the wedding of your son. Some speakers prefer to use a suitable poem, quotation or even a good joke for opening their speeches.
Your Speech’s Body
Here are the topics you should include in the main section of your father of the groom wedding speech:
- welcoming the bride, who will be your new daughter-in-law, in your family; you should welcome also her family in yours;
- congratulating the groom, who is your son, for the lovely woman that he chose to be his wife, as well as for the fact that he finally founded his own family; you see, “family” is a kind of keyword when it comes to the body of your speech;
- complimenting the bride, your recent daughter-in-law; be careful not to exaggerate; you can say what impresses you at most at her;
- thanking the bride’s parents for the lovely manner in which they educated her daughter;
- presenting, in brief, a few qualities of your son, the groom; telling some funny moments from his childhood or youth is a good opportunity to introduce a touch of humor in your talk; anyway, take care not to offend anyone with your jokes; if you don’t have the sense of humor, you’d better not use any jokes or one-liners;
- describing, in brief, how the relationship between the newlyweds, changed your son, the groom, for the better;
- offering some interesting tips for a happy marriage is another chance for creating some funny moments.
The Ending of Your Wedding Speech
Blessings for the new couple are found in virtually any father of the groom speech template that you could possibly find on the Internet or anywhere else. That’s because, if you or your wife, the groom’s mother, don’t bless your son’s marriage, it won’t be a happy one, according to some superstitions. As with the intro, a poem, quote or joke can end such a discourse, but proposing a toast for the newlyweds and their new family is maybe the best manner of finishing your talk.