Ladies and gentlemen, can I have your attention please as it is that time in the proceedings where some of the performing cast members are traditionally required to say a few words. So here goes to 10 minutes of bad jokes that the writers were convinced were funny, some embarrassing stories that will make everyone cringe, and then some heart tugging messages just to balance it all up!
I will start by introducing myself – I’m Stephen – the Father of the Bride. I have the dubious honour of being the warm up act before the real speeches. I do confess to being a bit nervous today as I have rarely had the chance to speak for a few minutes and be listened to at the same time. That is because I have lived in a house with a wife and two daughters for a long time now. This is going to be a whole new experience for me!
Firstly, I would like take the opportunity to welcome friends and family to this very happy occasion – the wedding of Kelly and Gavin. For those that don’t know Kelly, Gavin or me…..can I ask what you are doing here, because I think your wedding reception is down the hall.
Before I go any further, I am sure you will all agree how beautiful the bride, Kelly is. That dress is stunning. You look every bit the model bride. Your Mum and I are so proud of you. Of course, a word for her sister Holly as bridesmaid. That dress looks beautiful too. Finally, George as the Page Boy – who may well have stolen the show in his cute little suit.
I have been under strict instructions not to embarrass Kelly – which I won't of course. I shall save that for the dance floor later with some epic Dad dance moves – after a few drinks, of course – I’m not that confident!
I have watched Kelly grow up in to a beautiful, intelligent and very calm women. I am so proud of you. It only seemed like yesterday when we would see her galloping around the garden with her giddy-up stick horse. She never did grow out of her undeterred love of horses. It cost me dearly as she bought her own horse “PD” with the Share Options I was saving for a future wedding. So, sorry about that Gav!
Kelly’s transition from a teenager needing a free taxi service to a driver was an interesting time. Oh how I got the budget wrong! I thought 10 lessons and a bit of Dad time at the car drome in Hornchurch would have got her through. Not quite! A lot of lessons later and quite a few retests, and she did get there. Now she drives a car and a large horse box vans, so not fazed by anything. Except that is – a moments lapse of concentration by filling petrol in to a diesel car and wondering why it would not start the next morning. The till receipt from the petrol station said it all. Oops!
Gavin, may I say welcome to the family. You have seen us warts and all, so as you did turn up today, that must mean we aren’t that bad! I can see you will make a splendid so-in-law. You clearly love Kelly and look after her. What more can a parent want for their daughter, so thank you.
Our only advice to you both is to always put the other one first and talk about everything openly and honestly. A marriage should be a partnership. If you both do that, you will always be happy and know you have someone you can rely on.
And whilst you have each other, don’t forget that you’ll always have the support of your family and friends. You will not get rid of us that easily!
To you both, it is worth bearing in mind, neither of you will ever be perfect, but you can be a perfect match for each other. 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 that you’ve found that with each other. You make a great team and wonderful parents to George.
So finally Ladies and Gentleman, I’d like to ask you to please stand and raise a glass to join me in a toast to our two VIP’s, my daughter Kelly and my son-in-law Gavin, who happen to be the Bride & Groom.
My toast is “To the Bride and Groom”
Thank you for listening.