by Ken Foreman
Father of the Bride
Q.My daughter is getting married on September 20, 2008. A rough draft of my speech follows, and I'd appreciate any input as I'm not accustomed to public speaking. Thanks,
A. Congratulations! I'm happy for your family.
Speech-wise, I've put my comments in a different color, italicized in asterisks, then some general input below the speech.
Anyone else have any input for Ken? Let him know in the comments at the bottom.
"Hello, everyone. It is our pleasure to welcome to this very happy occasion all relatives and friends of both the Hess and Foreman families, and we're happy that each of you has joined us to celebrate Jaclyn and Rick's marriage. I think the wedding ceremony was incredible, followed by a perfect evening, and I know this is an occasion we will never forget. *Be careful to not sound too stilted in the introduction. "Thank-yous" don't sound too genuine if they're memorized ;-).*
I also want you to know, Jaclyn how beautiful you look this evening, and both of you, Jaclyn and Rick how happy we are for you on this special occasion.
I'd also like to take this opportunity to especially thank Pam for being not only an amazing wife but also an outstanding mother and a guiding light in the upbringing of our daughter Jaclyn.
About a month ago when I began to think about my toast for this evening, Pam and I rented the movie Father of the Bride, and there's a line in the movie where Steve Martin says in reference to his daughter's engagement that a father reaches a point when he stops worrying about his daughter meeting the wrong guy and starts worrying about her meeting the right guy. And I don't know if that's necessarily been true for me, but I do know that not long after Jaclyn and Rick began dating, Pam and I knew that Rick was "the Guy." And I also knew that it was just a question of time before I'd be taking that phone call from Rick, asking if he could stop by to "talk." Ansure enough, that call came in late September, and of course by that time we'd gotten to know Rick and were happy to give our Blessing. *I love this paragraph. The movie reference is a great transition, and you pay some very high compliments to your daughter's fiance. Consider adding something specific that helped you know he was the right one before he asked for your daughter's hand, some action that's typical of his character. I'd insert it right after "the Guy." Even if you don't though, this is a spectacular section of your speech.*
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