Good afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen
I would like to begin by welcoming you all, and thank you for coming to this very special occasion to celebrate the marriage of my beautiful daughter Jennifer to Christopher
I would like to start by extending a very warm welcome on behalf of my wife Gill and myself to the parents of the groom Don and sue.
I would also like to thank everyone who has helped in the lead up to the wedding in whatever way possible big or small, you have all played your part to make this day very special.
I would also like to give a huge thank you to the bridesmaids. These occasions don’t just happen they take a lot of thought time planning and preparation.
You have done Jenny and Chris proud. Looking exceptionally stunning today. Alison.
Gill and I must give a big thank you to Rhys the best man.
He’s done such a great job so far.
The hardest bit is over Rhys you got the groom here.
I am a bit nervous today as I am not used to speaking in public. But I am sure we will get by.
Writing this speech was a real worry at first. Well what do you say what do you write.
But my wife wanted to inspect and edit out the embarrassing bits.
Then it dawned on me. Just say it how it is from the heart.
So here is the other copy my wife gill did not get to read or edit.
Every father knows that one day their offspring will find a partner and fly the nest. You worry about that day. Now that day has arrived. No longer am I worried because Jenny has found and chosen her partner for life.
Your children are very special to you and you never stop worrying about them.
So this is the bit where I get Jenny worried about me embarrassing her.
When Jenny was tiny I remember she had a little knitted boots and a special little walker seat we sat her in.
It was round with casters on the bottom and she used to scoot round the house in it with those little knitted boots on trying to get whatever she wanted be for she could even walk.
So she earned my loving nick name of Scoot boots. Then she started to grow up. I remember watching Jenny trying to climbing up the stairs on her little wobbly legs struggling on every step. Worried that my little girl might fall I went over to her and said you want some help scoot. She was just about able to talk at this stage. She said noooo I can do it dad. Just hold this glass of vodka for me.
They grow up so quick don’t they.
Well my little scoot boots has not flown the nest but has scooted off into another man’s arms, the arms of a man she has chosen to help hold love and support her up and down the staircases of life.
Over the time we have got to know Chris we realise how special he is to jenny. He is a real genuine nice guy who wears his heart on his sleeve and loves and cares for jenny. They are both so happy together. As a son in law I couldn’t asked for better.
Don and Sue your son Christopher is an absolute credit to you both.
If I try and put my emotions into words, I cannot express enough how I am the proudest father in the world today. Seeing my daughter all grown up looking so beautiful happy and radiant is such an amazing sight.
Jenny and Chris I know you will both be very happy and forge a great life together. Enjoy and remember this moment forever. You are amongst people today who love and care about you very much. Gill and I will always be there for you.
Finally I would like to propose a toast to the happy couple, and I know everyone here will want to join me in raising your glasses in a toast to a very long healthy and happy future together.
Ladies and Gentlemen
Please be upstanding and raise your glasses to the new bride and groom………Jenny and Chris