If You’re the Parents of the Groom
Traditionally, the parents of the groom do not give speeches. However, many weddings nowadays allow for the couple’s loved ones to give speeches. When the parents of the groom give their speech, they usually deliver it after speeches by the parents of the bride, groom and best man. If the maid of honor will deliver a speech, then the parents of the groom may deliver their speech before or after the maid of honor’s speech. You may decide to have one of you to deliver the speech or share in the delivery. As the parents of the groom, here’s an outline of what you can include in your speech:
- Begin your speech by acknowledging the previous speaker. Follow it up by thanking the guests, especially guests on your side of the family. Thank the bride’s parents and praise them for their contribution and support they’ve given to make the wedding a success.
- Next, say a heartfelt message to the bride, your new daughter. Let her know how happy you are to have her in your family. Compliment your son and reassure him of your approval of his choice of life partner. Share fond memories you’ve shared with your son. Again, like the bride’s parents, don’t worry if you end up being choked with emotion while delivering your speech. A wedding is bittersweet event so tears are expected!
- Offer advice to the new couple. Your advice can be based on your experience.
- End your speech by toasting to the couple’s happy life together and good health.
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