Father of the Groom Toast: Tips and Samples

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This article is dedicated to the father of the groom, more specifically, provides some helpful tips to construct the father of the groom toast. These tips are easily adaptable to fit your situation and you can put your own creative spin on to receive a warm applause from the many guests as well as the newlyweds.

Tips for Father of the Groom Toasting

Most fathers over think the content, which can often lead to a number of poor decisions. The following three simple but important tips will help guide you through how to structure and compose your toast. And best of it, it will please everyone.

Utilize Simple Speech Structure

The father of the groom toast can be made simpler by following a basic speech template. Sticking to the following structure will better ensure that you do not unintentionally disrespect any of the family members, guests or the newlyweds. Your toast should adhere to this simple structure:

  • Introduction

  • Spotlight on the groom

  • Spotlight on the bride

  • Talk about the two as a couple

  • Thank everyone for their help

  • Add in a motivation quote

  • Propose the toast

You can add in your own humor or jokes, but be caution and carefully and consider how everyone may take these jokes. Most importantly, make sure your jokes are not making fun of or putting down the newlyweds in anyway.

Be Aware of Your Hands

It is a common nervous reaction to forget about what your hands are doing while giving a speech. Your hands, however, will speak just as loudly as the words you say. People will be able to instantly tell how relaxed you are, how you feel about what you are saying and how serious you are during the speech by your hand gestures. So pay attention to it.

Body language will be very telling in the father of the groom toast, and is commonly used in everyday situation. Because it is such a natural occurrence, it can often be ignored or unnoticed. However, when preparing for your toast, you'd better practice it in front of a mirror. Be mindful of where your hands are and learn about what specific hand position could be telling your listener that you may want to avoid.

Limit the Exaggerations

Nerves can get the best of you, or you may feel like you need to add in one more joke, but be attention here: you want to limit how much you exaggerate things. Just keep everything consistent and in normal range. Although most will not interrupt you to let you know that you may be crossing a line, you will be able to see it in the facial expressions and judgmental stares.

Your toast should have a balance of emotions and seriousness. If it is too much emotion, you will appear selfish from focusing on yourself; while if it is too serious, it will lack creativity that will keep all the guest and newlywed happy. Besides, add a little humor as we have mentioned above.

These are the basic tips that are easy to adapt and can result in a less stressful toasting process. Feel free to add in additional elements you feel will enhance your speech and do not be afraid to get a little creative.

Samples for Father of the Groom Toast

Now you may have begun to think about what things you can talk about for the toasting speech. However, if you just still find it hard to begin, here are a few samples for reference.

Sample #1

Thank you to everyone who is here helping to celebrate this special day. I recall the day we brought (Groom's First Name) home from the hospital as if it were only yesterday. I remember how full my heart was when you grew for nine exciting months and how we eagerly pushed through those final hours until you finally made your grand appearance. Your arrival signified a new beginning for both your mother and I, a new beginning that leads us down a road filled with love and gratitude. 

Marriage is very much similar in this way. This marriage marks a new beginning, a new journey of (Groom's First Name) and (Brides First Name). When (Groom's First Name) first spoke about this great girl he met 3 years ago, there was a new spark in his eyes. It was easy to see why after we met (Bride's First Name) for the first time. We cannot say thank you enough, (Bride's First Name), for coming into our son's life, for giving him so much joy, love and happiness. 

Today we witnessed the commitment (Brides and Grooms First Names) make to one another; today they begin their new journey together that will be filled with love and joy. Please, join us in raising a toast to our son, (Groom's First Name) and our daughter-in-law (Bride's first name), wishing them a life of happiness and love.

Sample #2

Welcome family and friends. As the father of (Groom's First Name), his mother and I would like to say thank you. Thank you for sharing in on this special day of celebrating the union of (Bride's First Name) and (Groom's First Name).

I cannot think of a moment when I have not felt proud to be (Grooms First Name) father, from his first breath, to being the star quarterback on his high school team and for the time he served our country in the military. I have been proud of the man I saw him growing into and especially proud of the man I see today. 

(Grooms First Name) and (Brides First Name) will start a new life together today, a new wonderful and exciting journey is about to begin for them. Over the years, my wife and I have had the pleasure of getting to know (Bride's First Name) and we welcome you into our family as if you were a daughter of our own. She is such a beautiful, kind-hearted, and wise lady. As I stand here, before family and friends, it is hard to think of the right advice or words of wisdom I can bestow upon (Bride and Groom's Name). There is always so much advice that one gets on a day like today, I myself heard a lot of it, but it is hard to remember what any of that was. 

So what I can say is this: Life is going to be filled with good and bad days. But, if you are open in your communications and speak to one another with kindness and respect the bad days, they will only seem like little disturbances. Show one another affection every day and remember why we are here today. To celebrate the lifetime of happiness and unending love you two share with one another, will everyone please, raise your glasses as we toast (Bride's Name and Groom's Name) and the first day of their new lives together?

Besides these samples, we also choose some famous sayings about love and marriage, which you can include them into your speech wisely.