Father of the groom speeches aren’t always given at wedding. Yet without the father of the groom there would be no groom and hence no wedding. So he should have his say on the big day. What he says, of course, depends on the wedding itself and on his relationship with the groom.
The wedding may be large and formal or small and informal or a mixture of both. Whatever about that if the father of the groom speaks his speech should be as important as that of the best man or the father of the bride. In many cases, however, the father of the groom simply says a few mumbled words and promptly sits down. Properly prepared his speech could be the highlight of the day.
So it is well worth his while to do his research. If he can find out the background of the bride and her parents he can include these in his speech. They will be both flattered and impressed. In many cases the families do not know one another well so they will be doubly impressed at the trouble he has taken to find out about them. So if the mother of the bride is a keen gardener he can speak about her prize roses of which her daughter is the most beautiful. Obviously he should welcome the bride and her parents into his family. If her father is a keen golfer he might admit that although he cannot hope to compete with him on the greens he would certainly be happy to drink to his success at the 18th hole.
The personal touch wins every time in a wedding speech. So when the father of the groom speaks his excitement the day his son was born the speech will have the “Aaah” factor. His son may be a bit embarrassed if he speaks about his school reports or his teenage antics but the guests will probably love it. Certainly he should speak of his pride in his son and his delight that he has found a bride who has made him so happy. He should mention too the enjoyment he is having amongst family and friends and the wonderful hospitality of the hosts if this applies.
Finally and most importantly he should wish the couple well. It is the duty of the father of the bride to toast the happy couple but the father of the groom could end his speech with a blessing or a suitable poem. In that way he would say all that should be said on the occasion and his speech will be memorable as well, perhaps, as being unexpected.