It's common at weddings for the father of the bride to tell his daughter she is beautiful and that he loves her. Traditionally it's been less common for the bride to speak. However, today's modern bride is is more likely to speak and her bride speech, like that of the father of the bride, often conveys love. That's not surprising because quite often a bride is a daddy's girl and although she has a new husband the father of the bride still has a very special place in her heart.
Bride speeches are likely to be sentimental because, after all, a wedding day is a particularly sentimental day. It's a day when people express their innermost thoughts and feelings. The father of the bride speeches will undoubtedly, for instance, welcome family members and guests to share the special day. He will probably reflect on his own wedding day and perhaps on the speeches that were made on that long ago day. The father of the bride's speeches will undoubtedly make reference to her mother and perhaps to all the organising that went into the wedding, which he may refer to as women's work or definitely as something at which women excel. He may jokingly refer to all those lists that are part of the wedding extravaganza.
The bride's speeches on the other hand should express her happiness on her wedding day. She will undoubtedly give thanks to all who helped her prepare in any way. She may make a special point of referring to the lifetime love and devotion her parents have given her. We don't often say "We love you" out loud but bride speeches give the ideal opportunity to express gratitude for all that caring. Parents are likely to treasure such remarks for years to come. After all they make all those nights of teething and teenage angst worthwhile.
Bride speeches may end with a toast from the bride to the groom. The father of the bride speeches traditionally end with a toast to the happy couple. He can, of course simply ask those present to lift their glasses in such a toast. That, though, would be taking the easy way out. Father of the bride speeches are so much better if he ends with a prayer, a blessing or a saying that is particularly relevant to the happy couple.
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