So How to make your Father of the Bride Speech funny.
The best way to start is by ignoring everything you’ve seen on the internet and/or heard at wedding up until this point. None of it’s funny, in fact quite the opposite.
If you are thinking about the bit where you ask the happy couple to lay their hands on one another. Stop.
If you’re thinking about the ‘yes dear’ gag. Stop.
And if you’re considering the ‘aisle, alter, you’. Seriously reconsider.
Great comedy always comes from well observed points about the person in question…and you should have plenty of those.
The Perfect Approach to Funny
Forget one liners, hackneyed cliches and internet ice breakers, what we’re looking for here is the comedy gold that buried in the story of you and you daughter.
Think of the stories and how they can be condensed into just a couple of lines. What makes them funny to you?
Take the ‘funny essence’ from those anecdotes and us it to describe her character as a whole.
For instance what did she do at school that you can draw a parallel to in her adult life?
If there’s one thing that’s really going to kill a speech it’s lots of stories which go on way too long and take you through something that wasn’t that funny in the first place in granular detail. Take the good bits and use them.
There’s a fine line to tread here between well observed comedy and lines that will come across as mean and uncomfortable. The humour needs to be inclusive where the bride and groom will be laughing just as much as the other guests.
Crossing The line
This isn’t the time or the place to prove you’re still one of the boys, and nothing will change the relationship with your daughter more permanently than an edgy speech from her dad. Keep it clean and don’t swear, and make everybody laugh not just the guys in the stag weekend.
Unlike the best man, this is fair game for the dad. Just keep it light and don’t go into any detail. Referring disparagingly to former loves by their cars, hair styles or accents etc can work wonders.
Son in Law
This is ripe territory if you like him, and even better if you’re not that keen. A common thread would be sport, which could easily be used for great comedic effect and also for a few well aimed potshots.
Think about where the guests have come from, how far they’ve travelled and whether or not this would be their first wedding in your country and dig the comedy out of that. If the best man has a certain trait, fire one off at him and if you can have some fun with his parents.
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