Sample Wedding Speeches
Our sample wedding speeches are an example of what you should say at the wedding if you are the best man or the father of the bride. However informal the wedding these speeches reflect the protocol usually associated with the day.
Of course we have a whole range of wedding speeches for all speakers at a wedding and if you order any pack you will receive a choice of speeches rather than just one. This means that you can use your preferred speech or perhaps selected passages from the set. Added to that you will receive with each speech a selection of poems that will give you the opportunity of adding a great finishing touch to your speech. Our sample wedding speeches show you our writing style and the correct format for a wedding speech. In other words they demonstrate just what you could say to make it a memorable wedding day.
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This speech incorporates all that the best man, as MC, and brother/friend of the groom should say on a wedding day.
Title of clergyman, (If applicable) ladies and gentlemen (Or Family and friends)
When someone asks you to be their best man you have mixed emotions. You feel privileged to have been asked, of course, but you also have doubts about your ability to mastermind the whole day. Let's face it, that's what a good best man is supposed to do. It's up to him to see that the bride, the groom and their parents have no worries at all. It's up to him to ensure the comfort of the guests and, above all, he has to make sure not to forget the ring and to prepare a speech. On the plus side, of course, he gets to have his photo taken surrounded by beautiful bridesmaids!
So when John asked me to be his best man I hesitated, wondering if I were up to the job. However, a man who could persuade Mary to marry him had no trouble at all in persuading me that I was everything a best man should be. The more he spoke glowingly of my abilities the less I recognised myself. He did utter a few words of warning though. On no account, he told me, was I to tell you about our male bonding adventures together.
You see John and I have had many adventures together over the years. As my brother/friend I probably know him better than most. So I racked my brain trying to think of a story I could tell that wouldn't shock such a select gathering. John assured me, you see, that you were all VIP's. Added to that he didn't want his bride to be shocked either although I assure you Mary that you have improved him out of all recognition. All I can say is that John is a wonderful brother/friend, always there when you need him and that he is the soul of generosity. He has a wonderful sense of humour and time in his company is time well spent. He is so optimistic that no matter what troubles I have a few hours spent with John makes me feel ready to tackle the world again. The fact that we share so many hobbies ensures that we always have plenty to say to each other. Unfortunately he won't let me tell you those stories either!
Now you wouldn't believe me if I said he was perfect and Mary would have no challenge in her life if he were. I can tell you truthfully that, whatever about his mom, his teachers did not all think he was the genius of the year. I will admit he is not always the best timekeeper in the world. I will admit he has been known to be grumpy on a Monday morning and, whisper this, I have actually heard him snore. Overall, though, as a brother/friend I would have to give him ten out of ten.
Today he is marrying the love of his life. I know that because he told me so. I have to say that whether or not I approved of Mary, John was determined to marry her. Luckily I did approve. She is a lovely person, warm and caring and with a great sense of fun. I know she will suit John admirably and they will undoubtedly be gloriously happy together. Naturally too I fully expect to have lots of contact with her over the years and to get to know her even better. She obviously has impeccable taste too because, after all, she agreed to have me as best man at her wedding. So you can see I will thoroughly enjoy visiting the happy couple, especially if they entertain me the way we are being entertained today. I know you will all agree with me that our hosts should get a Michelin star for entertaining.
Today is a day for making memories. It's a day when Mary and John are surrounded by those who love them. Everyone is in sunny spirits and that's how it should be because we are celebrating a love match. Everyone here is wishing the couple a long and happy life together. In fact we are confidently expecting to be asked to their silver wedding anniversary celebration 25 years from now. Now that's what I call a vote of confidence!
Finally, I have been given the pleasant task of replying to John's toast to the bridesmaids. I could not disagree with him on such a special day. So yes John they are beautiful and they were all that bridesmaids should be. Now that we have such marvellous bridesmaids and such a wonderful couple not to mention a best man who is doing his best I think you will all agree that this is certainly the wedding of the year!
(The father of the bride traditionally toasts the couple. If, however, you are making the toast you should end as follows.)
Ladies and gentlemen (Or family and friends), please join me in a toast to the bride and groom. May they be as happy in their marriage as two such wonderful people deserve to be. The bride and groom!
As best man I'm happy to say
I've done all that the groom did ask
Brought the ring, stood by his side
In fact I completed each task.
When he was nervous shaking with fear
Forgot what he had to say
I prompted him, told him to say, "Yes"
So now he is married today.
He's chosen a simply wonderful bride
All through his days she'll stay by his side
Together I hope they'll have a great life
Our handsome groom and his lovely wife
May they to each other be loyal and true
And on this special day may God bless you.
Father of the Bride
This speech includes a welcome to guests and new son-in-law and expresses the love of a father for his daughter on her special day.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Today my emotions are mixed. I feel happy that my daughter has found someone to love her for life. I am sad to be, as it were, handing over my little girl to another man. The fact that this other man is John makes it bearable. After all he is undoubtedly going to be a perfect husband and an ideal son-in-law. As I know too that I have still a special place in Mary's heart I think her happiness outweighs my sadness. In fact I think this is a day for a celebration.
So I am delighted to welcome you to the wedding of Mary and John. Some of you have travelled a great distance to be with us and I know Mary and John really appreciate the effort you have made to share this special occasion. A wedding day, you see, is special. It's a day filled with optimism and hope. It's a day when we all wish the bride and groom all they would wish for themselves. It's a day for memories.
Today as I look at Mary I can hardly believe she was once my little baby girl. Like most dads I was besotted with my daughter and I have to confess things haven't changed much since. Today I am remembering story time and the games we played together. Today I am remembering how she used to run to meet me when I came in for work. I will draw a blank veil over some of her teenage activities, not to mention her sense of style. Like fathers everywhere I queried her make up, the length of her clothes and at what hour she would be coming home. As she grew older, though, we became closer and closer sharing our thoughts and our ideas. I got to know what a truly amazing women she is. So I am not being biased when I say Mary is special. Ask John. He agrees with me.
John is obviously the product of his home environment. That is he is kind and courteous and caring and I love his sense of humour. When I met his folks I knew at once that these were people I could welcome into our family. So today I say that I am delighted to welcome them into the clan and that I shall be equally delighted to share many happy family occasions with them. Even more importantly I welcome John as my son-in-law which means, of course, that I can call on him to play golf with me or go for an odd drink.
A wedding is a family occasion and obviously important occasions come under the heading of "Women's work." As a mere dad I knew it was my duty to agree with everything the ladies in the family decided. So I said "Yes" to flowers, to dresses, to guest lists and to everything else I was asked. I knew very well that whatever I thought didn't really matter because women always know best! So it proved. I know you will all agree that they did a wonderful job in organising this wedding and that we are having a day to remember. I have to admit to a lump in my throat when I saw my wife and my daughter today. Mary is very like her mother in some ways and today I know my wife shares my pride in our lovely girl. Mary has always been a loving daughter and she thoroughly deserves to have found someone who loves her as we do. We know she has found that someone in John.
So today I am wishing my daughter and her new husband every blessing on their marriage. If I had advice to give I would say to them to respect each other and each other's views. I would say to them to laugh together as much as possible because laughter helps overcome the dark days of life. I would say to them to open their door to family and friends because we all need the support of family love and of friendship. Above all I would say to them to cherish one another. Remember it is a wonderful privilege to know that there is one person in the world who loves you exclusively. It is my dearest wish for you that you will always love one another as you do today.
Ladies and gentlemen please join me in a toast to the happy couple. May they walk the road of life together hand in hand. Mary and John!
Here's to the happy couple
Who today became husband and wife
Who've promised to love one another
And to be devoted for life.
Here's to the daughter I gave away
Knowing that she'll always be
As loving as ever she always was
To her mother and, of course, to me.
Today I welcome a brand new son
His family and ours have now become one
I'm so glad you were at the ceremony
And I hope that in future we
Will celebrate again how this couple care
Here's to them both and the love they share.
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