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…]