6 Funny Father of the Bride Speech Examples & Templates

Seeing or escorting your children as they walk down the aisle can result in mixed emotions. A part of you might be joyful, while another part might be melancholic. One way to explore and express these feelings is by writing a speech.

Parents of the couple often share a speech during the wedding reception. If you want to write a funny father of the bride speech, below are six examples and templates you can use as inspiration.

Funny Father of the Bride Speech You Will Never Forget

old man in a tux

1. Good evening, everyone. I hope you’re all having a great time so far. I know I am, mostly thanks to Jared over there at the open bar. Your drinks are amazing, my man!

Kidding aside, I’d like to express my heartfelt gratitude for your presence. I’m sure it means the world to my daughter to have so many people here with us tonight. Some would say there are too many people, but why should their opinion matter, right?

As a parent, your child’s wedding is something that you eagerly anticipate and anxiously dread at the same time. On the one hand, you are so happy that your kid has found their life partner. But on the other hand, it feels like you’re losing an essential part of yourself.

Oh boy, I was so wrong to think like that, though. With your child getting married, there’s no loss at all — in fact, you gain a lot! I’m pretty sure I had a migraine after our first joined thanksgiving. There was so much food to cook, things to plan, and what have you.

I have a secret to share with all of you, though. I don’t feel nervous or scared for Kiera and Shane at all.

Kiera takes after her mother to a T. She’s passionate, steadfast, and strong. More than that, she’s kind, compassionate, and full of love. I’d also say some of her more negative traits that she also got from her mom, but I’d like to sleep on a bed tonight, so I’ll save that part of the speech for next time. 

Shane, I know I was a bit rough on you when you first started dating my daughter. I apologize now, but once you have started a family of your own, I know you’ll start to understand that all fathers feel very protective of their children.

I initially thought about ending this speech with some advice, you know, to flex my years of experience as a wise dad. However, I’ll leave that to your ever wiser mom. I’ll leave you two with this instead: once a family, always a family.

Married life is hard — I know, honey, an understatement — and there will be days where moving forward feels impossible. However, always remember that you have your family behind you, ready to support and help in whatever way you need.

I love you, Kiera. I’m proud to be your dad. Fine, I love you, too, Shane. Welcome to the family.

Ladies and gentlemen, let’s clink our glasses as a toast to the newlyweds!

old man with baby's breath boutonniere

2. Hello, everyone. First of all, thank you all for coming to Daniil and Tyra’s special day. I’d ask you all how you’re enjoying the food, but seeing as every table and every serving tray are now empty, I think I already have my answer.

When Tyra first approached me to tell me to prepare a funny father of the bride speech, I had two initial reactions: flattered and confused. Flattered because she thought I was funny. Confused because she thought I was funny.

Anyway, obviously, I accepted. At the time, however, I was intimidated. Some of you might be shocked given how gorgeous I am, but I’m not used to being in front of a crowd. Some would call me shy or introverted, but I prefer “generous to less attractive people.”

No, but seriously, I was at a loss. I didn’t know what to say to my daughter that I haven’t already said. Her mom and I made it a point to always give her words of affirmation, so I kept racking my brains for something new and impactful to say.

One day, I overheard you and your mom talking about wedding budgets and expenses. I say overheard, but I think they definitely wanted to include me in the conversation, but I was too busy watching FIFA. Sorry about that, by the way.

Anyway, I heard you ask your mom, “How much did you spend on your wedding?” Your mom couldn’t remember, and neither could I. What I do know is we’re still paying the price.

All jokes aside, it doesn’t take a genius to know that marriage is a big commitment. I know you two are responsible — I’d like to think so, at least — but every day is a test of your strength, determination, and trust as a couple.

When times get rough, just remember that your families are here for you. Your mom and I have 30 years of experience as a married couple; we’re pretty much experts! Don’t worry, we won’t charge for visits.

When everything feels tough, just remember that you had a wine ceremony earlier today. Look for the box and treat yourself to a glass of red; that always seems to cheer your mother up.

Anyway, that is all, folks. Let’s raise a glass to our lovely newlyweds, Daniil and Tyra!

father of bride giving a toast

3. Hey, folks. Glad to see everyone with bright smiles on their faces! If you don’t know who I am, well, I’m offended. Just kidding. My name is actually Jimmy. I’m Brianna’s full-time father, part-time car repairman, and part-time electrician.

Initially, I prepared a 10-page script for this funny father of the bride speech Brianna told me to write. My wife then told me it was too long and warned me that if I didn’t cut it down, she would throttle me. I said, “Why are you threatening me with a good time, honey?”

Anyway, because I am such an understanding husband, I trimmed my speech down to a reasonable length. I will start with this: Brianna, you are the pride and joy of my life. I don’t say it a lot because I’m not really a words type of guy, but I mean it wholeheartedly.

Your mom can attest to this, and so can you and your siblings. Besides the usual small talk, I didn’t know what to say to you during car rides, trips to the grocery, or whatnot. “I love you” is always on the tip of my tongue, but I feel awkward about saying it out loud.

However, I hope you were able to feel just how much I love you in other ways. When I repair your car, check your electricity, offer to drive you places, or cook too much so you can bring some home, I hope you know those are acts of love.

Oh, man, those can’t be anything other than acts of love. If I charged you every time, I would be a millionaire by now! Imagine all the trips we could have gone on, honey.  

If I have any piece of advice for you two, it would be to listen to each other. Wait — your mom already told you that? Huh, I must have missed that…

But seriously, though. Your communication skills will forever be a work in progress; acknowledge that you both have shortcomings and help each other be better communicators. That is the key to a long, healthy marriage.

Right, darling? Wait, no — she definitely didn’t tell me to say this. Nope.

Before I end this speech, on behalf of my wife, I extend our sincerest gratitude to the wonderful staff in this venue and all the vendors who worked to make this night as magical as it is. 

A toast to the newlyweds! Love you, Brianna and David!

man raising his glasses

4. Good afternoon, everyone! I hope you’re all having a wonderful time. Thank you for making the time and effort to attend Jia and Jesse’s wedding; I know some of you came all the way from China, Singapore, and other countries whose names I can’t remember.

I also want to honor Evelyn, Jia’s granny, who can’t be physically here today for health reasons. However, she sends her love and well-wishes — the hongbao will follow soon, as I know you are curious.

Before anything else, Jia, I want you to know how proud I am of you. Life as an immigrant, regardless of what generation, is very difficult.

There may have been moments where giving up is the easiest option, but over the years, you have shown me that you never settle for the easiest option. I mean, Jesse right here is exhibit A. Just kidding.

Marriage is tough. At first, it might seem like a fairytale, something too good to be true. Over the years, you will find yourself disenchanted from the magic of it all. How you deal with this disenchantment is a big test for your relationship.

Lucky for you, your dad is a teacher. If anyone knows their way through tests, it’s me.

My biggest tip is to never forget your individuality. Someone once told me that the purpose of marriage is to unite two people into one; it gets complicated once you attempt to decide which one to embody.

Give yourself space to pursue individual interests and thrive in your journeys. Yes, you are united but do not let your union singlehandedly define who you are.

A times B will always be AB, but A and B can be incorporated into different equations. That will not change that A times B is equal to AB. It just means that by themselves, A and B are also powerful, versatile, and valuable on their own.

Never thought you’d hear math in a funny father of the bride speech, huh? Who can say no one uses math in daily life now, huh?

To end this speech, I just want to say that I love you — both of you, Jia and Jesse. My wife and I are delighted to welcome you to the family, and may our families form one big happy community. Cheers!

Templates for Funny Father of the Bride Speech

wedding guests raising glasses

5. [Address everyone.] Good [time], I hope you are all having a great time. If you don’t know who I am, then you aren’t listening to our wonderful emcee. I’m just kidding. I’m [your name], [your daughter’s name]’s dad.

[Express how you feel about seeing your daughter get married. You can express initial doubts, sadness, anxieties, and so on.]

[Explain how you were able to change your mind or overcome your doubts. You can insert a specific anecdote here involving your daughter or son-in-law.]

I’m proud to have a daughter who is [positive adjectives], traits which she definitely got from me. Your mother disagrees with me, which is actually one of your similarities with her — you both love to start arguments. I’m just kidding, honey.

[Give some advice or share an observation about married life. This part of a funny father of the bride speech is a great opportunity to show your wit and humor through dad jokes or wordplay.]

[End the speech with your well-wishes for the newlyweds.]

Everyone, let’s toast to the lovely newlyweds, [your daughter’s name] and [your son-in-law’s name]!

guests raising their glasses

6. [Address the guests. Thank them for their effort to attend and, ultimately, their presence. You can mention specific names or relatives. In this part of your funny father of the bride speech, you can be sentimental.]

[Introduce your daughter the way you see her. You can share short anecdotes about her childhood, teenage years, university life, and so on. You can include funny stories but make sure not to embarrass your daughter.]

[Talk about your son-in-law. You can also share anecdotes that involve him. Alternatively, you can discuss how you initially felt about him and what has changed.]

[Express how you feel now that your daughter just got married. You can express your feelings wittily and funnily.]

[Share some of your experiences in marriage. You can share a joke or deliver a story humorously.]

[End your speech with advice and well-wishes.]

Thank you all for listening. Everyone, please raise your glass as a toast to the newlyweds!

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