Traditionally, the father of the bride speech is the first speech that takes place at a wedding. Why? Because traditionally, it's the brides parents who are paying for the wedding! But nowadays, this isn't always the case.

But it's still considered polite for the father of the bride to make the first speech at a wedding.

So if you're going to be giving a father of the bride speech, here's how it works:

First, the Master of Ceremonies (MC for short) will ask you (the father of the bride) to speak. And then it will be time to deliver your speech.

So what kind of things should you say in your speech?

Well first of all, you will probably want to thank all the guests for coming, all the people who have contributed, and you may like to make an extra thank you to the people who have had to travel long way to be there.

Traditionally after this you will talk about your daughter and what she means to you. You'll also share your thoughts about handing her over to her partner to be cared for.

Here's a few tips for what you could talk about in your father of the bride speech:

Firstly, be honest and open when you talk about how you feel about your daughter. Take some time to plan what you're going to talk about. You can talk about memories, and about her life. One of the best ways of doing this is to focus on a particular story from your daughters past.

Take some time to find the best story you'd like to tell about her. Think of something that reveals her character, or something that makes a funny story, or something that shows how much you love your daughter.

Something to remember if you choose the funny story option is to make it meaningful in some way - not just funny. Try to add some sentimentality to it. And don't worry about being too sentimental. This is your daughters wedding day, when else is a better time to be sentimental and get away with it?

One thing you won't want to leave out of your father if the bride speech is welcoming your new son-in-law into your family. A good way to do this is to tell a little story of when you first met your son-in-law and time you have spent with him or his family.

I hope you found this article useful. Good luck with your speech!