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Does the Father of the Groom Give a Speech at the Wedding?

Does the Father of the Groom Give a Speech at the Wedding?

I got a lot of emails from my readers asking “does the father of the groom give a speech at the wedding?”, so I decided to write this short article to clarify this.

The answer is a bit more complicated than you would expect. I can’t just say “yes” or “no”, although both answers would be good (I lost you here, right? Keep reading and you’ll understand). The idea is, the answer to this question depends on multiple things and I’ll present them below.

1) First, it depends on your culture and tradition. For example, in most countries like those from Europe or Asia, the groom’s father doesn’t give any speech at the wedding. The typical speeches in those cultures are groom’s speech, best man’s, bride’s father and eventually the maid of honor can give a toast if the newlyweds ask her to. While, in USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, father of the groom speeches are quite often a mandatory part of a typical wedding reception. Or take UK for example, the groom’s father isn’t always supposed to give a speech, while the bride’s father pretty much has to do it, whether he likes it or not. [Read more…]

How, When and Where You Can Use Father of the Groom Speech Jokes

Do you know which is the main goal of the bridal reception where you are expected to offer a talk? It is simply to entertain the guests. The interesting point is that not only the music and the dancing, but also the wedding speech jokes are useful modalities by which the persons who will come to your son’s marriage party will have a lot of fun. However, if you decide to have a funny discourse or just to include a few one-liners, there are a couple of aspects that are very important and, therefore, you need to take account of them before beginning to compose the wording of your speech.

Do you know why? Because the humorous speeches are not suitable for everyone. In fact, the truth is that, if you don’t have the sense of humor, it is better to avoid the amusing stories, due to the fact that, in such a situation, you can’t make people laugh, maybe only at you. So, prior to deciding whether you go for a funny discourse or not, it is essential to identify if this type of talk is suitable to your character and personality or not.

The Funny Speeches Are Not Mandatory

Anyway, don’t worry if you discover that the father of the groom jokes are not appropriate for you, as a rather serious speech that is very well delivered and whose content is very well prepared can also be highly appreciated by the audience. What I am trying to tell you is that a successful discourse doesn’t have to be funny, it can perfectly be formal. It’s true, the informal discourses are, in general, more impressive than the other ones, but they are effective only when matching the speaker’s traits.

However, it is important to know that the speech jokes are not the single modality of making a discourse informal. So, if you don’t have the sense of humor, there is no problem: there are several other ways by which you can have an entertaining talk, that keeps the audience focused on it. Here are some of these ways: asking questions, using a direct speech, looking at the listeners in the eyes, etc. If you are interested in this topic, you find more details in the article dedicated to the conversational discourse, that I published, a few days ago, on this website. Anyway, you must not forget that it is not absolutely necessary to have a hilarious discourse, if you want it to be successful. There are alternate solutions. [Read more…]