What about the speeches?

What about the speeches? It is 37 years since I gave my groom’s speech, and since then I’ve been to dozens of weddings, given one father-of-the-bride speech and am preparing my second as my younger daughter gets married this summer. Many people don’t appear to understand the traditions of the speeches, so here is a quick guide for you. There are traditionally just three speeches, in order they are father-of-the-bride, then the groom, then the best man. It is a good idea for everyone to try and get a joke or two into their speech, but make sure they are suitable for the occasion (that is relevant and clean). No one must ever say anything that might remotely upset the bride. Father-of-the-bride Welcome everyone and thank them for coming Say nice things about the bride and some anecdotes so the groom’s family and friends get to know a bit about her, along with something nice about your new son-in-law Say something about marriage and weddings based on your own age and obviously great wisdom Propose a toast to the bride and groom. Groom Thank your new father-in-law for his kind words Thank your bride’s parents, your own parents and anyone else you can think of for how both of you have turned out Say how wonderful your bride is and looks Thank the bridesmaids for helping her and say how wonderful they look Thank you best man for getting you there on time, sober and properly dressed Propose a toast to the bridesmaids (If you want to give out gifts to any of the people you thank, you can...