Among all questions that many groom fathers have when preparing their speech, this is definitely in top 3. And it pretty much makes sense, before you start preparing your speech, you need to long how long should it be. That’s why I decided to write a quick post today, trying to clarify this a bit. Of course, I could simply give you a short answer like “xyz minutes”, but that wouldn’t be too helpful, would it?
So, how long should a father of the groom speech be?
Well, according to the standards and general common sense, a typical speech shouldn’t be longer than 7 minutes. Actually, between 5 and 7 minutes is the ideal length. This is short enough that you won’t bore your audience with your endless stories, but also long enough that you have plenty of time to include all the essential parts in it.
I won’t get into too many details here about each particular element of your speech, because we already covered them through out of this blog, but here are some links to the posts that mention each part of your speech:
- You can find the general template for the groom’s father speech here, with some details about each element it should contain and a few more tips, adapted to 2015 in this more recent post
- If you decide to make a few jokes during your speech, you can read more in this post about when to use them and how
- I wrote a couple of articles with some great tips regarding the presentation of your speech: you can read about them here and here
- And obviously, in the ending of your speech, make sure you follow the ideas I described here
As you can see, I covered in this blog almost every little step you need to take in order to prepare, create and deliver a wonderful father of the groom speech, but considering the fact that this blog is getting bigger and bigger as time goes by and the ideas start to be spread among multiple articles, I’m planning on writing the ultimate guide to help you with your speech. I’m not sure when it will be ready, but I hope I can finish it by the end of July. Stay tuned.