Delivering the more heart-felt and personal speech in front of your nearest and dearest on such an important occasion may seem like a difficult and terrifying task. But remember, there is no need to worry at all. You’re surrounded by your friends and family, all of whom want to see you do well! They know how proud you are and are probably dying to hear what you have to say! Simply take a deep breath and try and enjoy yourself.
A good tip is to break the speech down into headings. Under each heading, jot down some notes, ideas and emotions then expand on them. Think about how you felt when your daughter was born, what it was like raising her as a child, some of her big milestones such as a graduation or a significant birthday. Then, attempt to put your emotions onto words.
Here are the headings:
2. Welcome the guests
3. Now, it’s all about your daughter, her achievements and family life
4. Don’t forget your son-in-law
5. Words of Wisdom
6. Propose the toast to the Bride and Groom
As the speech starts to take shape, practice reading it out loud and take note of how long it takes to read each section and try not to speak for longer than about five to seven minutes. Aim on delivering this speech for 5-10 minutes.
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