Speech by Bill Smith

Speech Type: Father of the bride/groom
Speech Creator: Bill Smith
Speech Date: 13/04/2012 16:40:45


Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. On behalf of my wife Pat and I, I would like to welcome you all and thank you for coming to this very special occasion with us to celebrate the marriage of our daughter Sarah to Karl.

Sadly I am not a very practiced speaker – so please bare with me. Firstly, I would like to say what a pleasure it is to welcome Tony and Mel, Karl's parents, along with his brothers Symon  and Adrian and of course all the friends and relatives of both families some of whom have travelled both near and far to be here today.

A big thank you also goes to Sarah & Karl who had very definite ideas on how they wanted today to be. Through their thoughtful planning and tireless efforts they have made today a tremendous success for everyone.

Pat and I are very proud of Sarah and pleased to see her looking so beautiful and happy today –

During the time we have known Karl  we have come to realise how special he is to Sarah and what a great son-in-law he will be

Sarah this is the time that every bride fears…..what is he going to talk about….is he going to tell about the time when…??!!

I won't tell of any of those times, but  I'm going to say  “thank you for this honour today”  

When you and I shared our little glance at one another as we were ready to start our walk down the aisle, that will be a moment I cherish for always.

Sarah is a wonderful daughter, she has provided us with so much joy and laughter over the years we have always been proud of her, and in everything she does, she always gives it 110%. .

My parting advice is that old married couples know that the secret of a successful marriage is patience, tolerance and forgiveness – failing that a bad memory seems to work.

I would like to take this opportunity to formally welcome Karl  to our family.

My final duty and very great privilege is to propose a toast to our daughter and new son-in law.

And so, Sarah & Karl –

Here's to the past, for all that you've learned. Here's to the present, for all that you share. Here's to the future, for all that you look forward to together.


Ladies and Gentlemen, I GIVE YOU, Sarah and Karl THE BRIDE AND GROOM.