My dad worked really hard on his speech for our wedding toast- considering he only found out a week beforehand that he was supposed to say something. Quick lesson to brides: just in case your dad’s not a regular wedding goer, or hasn’t seen Father of the Bride 10,000 times like you have, it’s probably a good idea to let him know his responsibilities- such as walking you down the aisle, dancing the father/daughter dance, and giving a toast at the wedding or any other task that you might need him to do or oversee. Just make sure to communicate your expectations of everyone who you need to be involved or perform a task (in a non-bridezilla-ish way.) It’ll save you alot of headaches!
My dad worked furiously on his speech, which he deemed his ‘Gettysburg Address,’ the whole week before the wedding. He kept joking about it and I didn’t really know what to expect. I’ve always known by dad to better put his feelings on paper than he could to speak it aloud. Over the years he’s written many poems for different reasons- I’ve seen old ones he wrote for my mom, and one he wrote when my aunt passed away when I was in middle school, so I wasn’t surprised that his speech for us was also a poem!
Keep God in Your Life and Love in Your Heart and You Can Weather Any Storm
As we moved across the country several times, the future was tough to see
But joined here today, are two native Californians, together in Tennessee
You are exactly where you were meant to be, at this point in your life
You have grown from my little girl, into Eric’s beautiful wife
Your trouble with making decisions has always been a mystery to me
The results of your wedding planning are a wonder for all to see
All of those decisions, one year in the making, are evident today
Remember to take pride in every decision you made along the way
Although I haven’t told you often enough
Although it may appear that I have been too tough
I’m so proud of what you’ve accomplished and who you have become
I am excited about your future, and all that is to come
I’ve given you a great sense of humor, that you should never forget to use
Don’t take things so seriously, give a little, you’ve really got nothing to lose
In times of trouble and times of joy, give thanks to GOD above
That you were brought together, here today, to build a life-long love
Trust in your judgement to do the right thing, you have all the tools you need
Together as a team you’ll both be stronger, and you will surely succeed
You are so happy together it’s easy to see, that you both have found ‘the one’
I am so thrilled to say, here today, that I welcome my new son!