Wedding speeches can be a pretty nerve-wracking concept, especially when you’re the person making one!
One of the most traditional speeches at a wedding is the father of the bride speech, where the proud dad gets to brag about how amazing his daughter is and how lucky her husband is to be marrying her.
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We’ve gathered together some of the most heart-warming quotes which are guaranteed to have the audience in tears when you make your father of the bride speech...
Some Advice for the Couple
“To you both, it’s worth bearing in mind that neither of you will ever be perfect, but you can be perfect together” – A gentle reminder to your daughter and her partner that life is always better when you’re together.
A Token of Your Pride
“Being the father of the bride today has made me feel more pride than I thought a person could feel” – We all know it’s a really proud day for you as the father of the bride, so let your daughter know.
Reflect on Some Moments
“When you and I shared that moment earlier, that glimpse of the eye as I walked you down the aisle – just know that’s a moment I will cherish forever” – Don’t be hesitant to reflect on special moments of the day so far in your speech, it adds a personal touch.
Compliments for Her Partner
"Of all the amazing qualities that you possess, my favourite of all is that you're always making my daughter smile" – Telling your daughter’s new partner how happy they make her is something that will stay with them forever.
Wise Words for the Couple
“May your love be modern enough to survive the times and old-fashioned enough to last forever” – Nothing says ‘good luck in your marriage’ like a philosophical quote that you can totally take the credit for.
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Welcome to the Family
“It's now the time where I'm supposed to officially welcome [partner's name] into our family, but the truth is you've been a part of this family since the day we met you” – We love this quote, it really shows just how much you value the new ‘official’ member of your family.
The Bride’s Beauty
“Despite having 34 years to prepare a father of the bride speech for my daughter, I am still left standing here today, speechless at how beautiful she looks” – It’s almost mandatory for you to tell your daughter how beautiful she looks, and this is a really sweet way to put it.
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Reference to Your Wife
“I know [bride] will be an amazing wife, and I know that because if she’s anything like her mother, she’ll still be making you smile even 50 years on” – Not only is this complimenting your daughter and reassuring her new partner, it’s also making your own partner feel amazing… win, win!
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“If you ever fall out during your marriage, never go to bed angry. Be like your mother and I and stay up all night fighting” – Not all of your advice has to be over-positive. We like this quote because it’s honest and comes from the heart – and will also get a few laughs from the couples who do the same.
Proud Father Vibes
“Of all the things I’ve done in my lifetime, being your father and caring for you is by far my biggest achievement yet” – It wouldn’t be a father of the bride speech if you didn’t talk about how amazing it’s been to bring up your wonderful daughter.
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She’s All Grown Up!
“Seeing your daughter looking so happy and radiant is a truly amazing experience, but it is tinged with a little sadness because it’s also the moment you realise she’s all grown up” – Your daughter getting married is the moment she officially flies the nest and talking about this in the speech is absolutely a good idea.
You’ll Always be There
"Now my daughter begins a new life and there will be another person who she'll turn to for love and protection, but I want her to know that her father will always be there for her" – Make sure she knows that despite marriage, children and general adult life, she’ll always be able to come to you.
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A Successful Marriage
“A successful marriage is not about finding a person you can live with, but finding a person that you can’t live without and I know you’ve found that with each other” – Nothing could feel better as a bride, to hear words like this coming from your father!
Giving Her Away
"I don't think any amount of preparation can ever leave you feeling ready to give your daughter away, but if I had to choose a person to hand her to, I would choose you every time" – Letting go of your daughter is the hardest part of the day, but knowing they’re going to such an incredible person makes it so much easier.
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“I don’t know what your future holds for you, and I know that twenty years from now many things will have happened that we can’t predict. But whatever happens, and wherever you go, your mum and I know you’ll always have each other’s love, and you’ll always have ours” – Knowing that people are supporting them through anything that comes their way is one of the nicest things a couple can hear on their wedding day.
Look After Her!
“The day you asked me for my daughter’s hand in marriage was the day I finally stopped worrying about who will look after her when I no longer can” – *WARNING* this quote will cause huge floods of tears from everyone in the room…
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"Here's to the past for all that you've learnt. Here's to the present for all that you share. Here's to the future for all that you've got to look forward to" – Follow this with a toast to the bride and groom for a really nice ending to your father of the bride speech.
If you're really nervous about making your speech and need some extra advice, be sure to check out our guide to overcoming and controlling wedding speech nerves - it will really help!