Wedding roles for the father of the bride are wide and varied. Many fathers help with the wedding reception, pay some of the ceremony bills, and walk their daughter down the aisle. When your daughter gets married, it'll also be expected that there will be an opportunity to make a speech or offer a toast as the father of the bride. Get inspired by memorable outlines for wedding toasts as you send your daughter off into her new and exciting journey of marriage.
Father of the Bride Wedding Toasts
Sometimes it's hard to come up with your own speech. It can be overwhelming to write your own wedding toast, and the process can be emotional as you realize your daughter will remember every word of what you said on her special day.
There are several main topics that should be addressed in any memorable wedding toast for your daughter. First, you may want to bring attention to the crowd and ask everyone to raise their glass with you. Then, you could say something about your daughter and her new husband. Congratulating them is common, and honoring their relationship is standard. You can then add to your speech by sharing the pride and joy you have for your daughter, and end it with a wisdom or a compliment.
Examples to Inspire You
One thing you can do is discuss what it means for you to have your daughter start a new chapter with her husband:
- For My Princess. "I raise my glass and toast my daughter and the man she has chosen to be her life companion. A father sometimes doubts this day will ever come, and sometimes he fears it. My daughter is a princess to me, and will always be my little girl. May happiness and joy be with her always."
You could also toast to the couple together, rather than giving a toast single-handedly to your daughter. If you wanted to do both, you can start the toast off about the two of them and then lead into what it's like for your daughter to enter this new stage in her life:
- A Ray of Sunlight. "Let us raise our glasses and toast the happy couple. The bride has been like a ray of warm sunlight on my soul from the day she was born. Now, she begins a new life and there will be another man to whom she will turn for love and protection. But I want her to know her father will always be there for her. Cheers."
If doing the whole sentimental thing is just a bit much for you, just add a joke at the end:
- A Little Humor. "Here is to my daughter and her new husband. Raise your glasses and remember this truth, her lucky man and I have each gained something this fine and blessed day. He gains a wife and a companion for life, while I gain a whole new stack of bills to pay."
Something heartfelt can be said by being honest about your feelings while addressing the joy that is to come in her marriage:
- Joy and Wonder. "I lift my glass to honor my daughter on her wedding day. It is hard to find the right words to express the depths of my feelings. She is a fine daughter, and I am sure she will make as fine a wife. I am filled with a curious mixture of joy and wonder. Joy at the happiness I see in her eyes, and wonder at the miracle of seeing my baby child grow from a little girl to a woman."
If religion is an important tradition in your family, you can tailor your toast with a message from God or the Bible:
- A Gift from God. "A toast to my daughter. She is a gift from God and I will always be grateful to have been given the honor of being her father. May God continue to bless her and her new husband and grant them safety, love, and happiness all the days of their lives."
Sentimental Wedding Toasts
When you just don't think you're making your audience tear up enough, you can opt for something a little closer to home. You can talk about what the future looks like for the bride and groom, discuss possible grandchildren down the line, and mention what it was like to see your daughter grow up from child to adult:
- Glory Days Ahead. "(Bride) and (Groom), your life together is just starting and it will take many turns along the way. You'll have your glory days and you'll have your sad days. However, if you have each other, you will have all you need. Cling to each other, communicate with each other and make each other number one in your lives. With these tools, you will have a successful marriage."
- Plea for Grandchildren. "(Bride and Groom), may the future bring you happiness, wisdom, and children so I can be a grandfather! But in all seriousness, I give you my whole-hearted blessing and I know you two will last a lifetime. I am so happy that this day has finally come."
- Memories and Congratulations. "As I look at my daughter, the bride, I can't help but reflect on all the years I was lucky enough to watch her grow and become the beautiful woman she is today. She captured my heart on the day she was born, and I became more and more in awe of her as the years passed by. She's my little girl, my princess and my ray of sunlight, and no matter what her age, she'll always be those things to me. But today as I watch her marry a wonderful man, I'm filled with pride and am confident that she and (Groom) are about to embark on a wonderful journey filled with the love and happiness that can only come as man and wife. May the two of you always treat each other with love, compassion, and kindness. I ask you to join me to today in congratulating the bride and groom and wishing them all the best for a long and happy life together."
Poetry-Like Wedding Toasts
If a traditional toast isn't up your alley, you can switch things up. Try a short-and-sweet speech, a few lines of poetry, or some quick wedding wishes. Keep it simple by talking about the magic of finding a great partner, keeping the relationship joyful, and developing an amazing marriage over time:
- Short Toast. "Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success."
- Toast to Sweethearts. "A toast to sweethearts - may all sweethearts become married couples, and may all married couples remain sweethearts. It now gives me great pleasure to propose a toast to the happy couple. Look at (Groom) and (Bride): Here's to the past, for all that you have learned. Here's to the present, for all that you share. Here's to the future, for all that you look forward to together."
- An Ode to Reality. "To keep your marriage brimming / With love in the loving cup / Whenever you're wrong, admit it / Whenever you're right, shut up."