Father Toast #1
Let me honor the bride
and groom for a moment. To my son, (Groom). Your giving spirit and
your love have earned you most a special gift, your bride (Bride).
Cherish her. (Bride), you are indeed a gift from heaven and we
welcome you into our family with all our hearts, and we rejoice in (Groom)'s
good fortune that he found you, and you him.
Father Toast #2
Now that we've
toasted the bride and groom several times, I'd like to take a moment
to express our joy and heartfelt warmth in welcoming (Bride)'s
family into ours. In recent days we've had a chance to get to know
(Bride's Father) and (Bride's Mother) and their family, and it's now
clear just why (Bride) is such a wonderful woman. She, like many of
us, is blessed with giving and nourishing parents. So it's no
surprise she turned out to be the catch she is! My compliments and
thanks to (Bride's Father) and (Bride's Mother) for raising such a
wonderful lady as (Bride).
Father Toast #3
As one Father to
another, I want to thank (Bride's Father). He has made (Bride's
Mother) and I feel so welcome and (Bride's Mother) and he have
hosted such a wonderful wedding. This is a day I will never forget!
Father Toast #4
I never cry, but I'll
admit I was tearing up during today's ceremony. How about the rest
of you? Wasn't it beautiful? Let's toast to the joy, health and long
life of the bride and groom!
Father Toast #5
Life is wonderful.
(pause) Just take a moment, and reflect on the beauty, and
gloriousness of life. (pause) Now, with that thought in your minds
and hearts, let's all wish (Bride and Groom) a life filled with
their own share of beauty and glory, and that they in turn may give
it in double measure to their children and loved ones.
Speech by the
It seems like just
yesterday that I was driving home from the hospital after the birth
of my first son, (Groom). My eyes welled with tears of gratitude
that evening... or perhaps it was just tiredness after an 11 hour
labor! But who am I to claim exhaustion after labor?
Well, my heart and
your hearts tell us all that it was gratitude indeed that I
felt as I left my wife and new child in the hospital. Since then,
gratitude and thankfulness have been a theme throughout our life
together ever since that blessed day. That joyous day marked the
beginning of a road traveled together, between (Groom) and me, his
wonderful mother - my lovely wife - and our whole family.
births, mark the beginning of a journey together. Today, we have
marked the beginning of a wonderful new journey, in which (Groom)
has joined together with a most special, most wonderful woman
Two years ago, when I
first heard (Groom) tell me about this new girl 'he had met' (I
think it was more than that already), I could tell from his voice
and excitement just how special (Bride) already was to him.
And today, you all
bore witness, as (Bride and Groom) exchanged vows, to just how
special they are to each other. Surely their love and commitment
will build a long and joyous union.
Please join me in
gratitude and thankfulness, to this, the day they begin their new
by the Groom's Father
Family, friends and
especially (Bride and
I remember when (Groom) was born. I was so proud to be the father of
that baby boy. I remember when (Groom) was captain of the basketball
team in high school and his team won the state championship. I was
so proud to be the father of that teenage boy. Today, I am proud to
be the father of the man I see here, starting a family of his own
and setting out on a great adventure with his beautiful new wife (Bride).
(Bride), it has been
a pleasure getting to know you over these last few years and I know
that Michael knows how lucky he is to have you. We are thrilled to
welcome you into our family and we are so happy to have the rest of
your wonderful family here to celebrate with us. This is truly a
As you begin your
life together as a married couple, I wonder if there is anything I
can say to you that will be of value. Most of life is about learning
along the way, through the experience of living.
I have to say that I
simply ignored most of the advice I received in my life until I
found out through my own mistakes and experience that it was good
advice. (Groom), it seems like so far in your life you have been
that way too. So, instead of offering advice today, I will make a
request of you.
I will ask you,
(Bride and Groom), to just keep
each other. Today that is very easy for you and maybe it is hard to
imagine otherwise but sometimes life does get busy and difficult and
we can get distracted from what is really important.
You have decided that
for each other is important enough to make a lifetime commitment.
Always remember that, even in the difficult times. Simply keep
loving each other and your life will fall into place beautifully.
Family and friends,
let's raise a glass and toast to a lifetime of love and happiness
for (Bride and Groom)!