A Heartfelt Wedding Speech by the Father of the Groom
There is a small amount of humor at the beginning and toward the end of the speech, but it is the sentiment that makes it special. The speech ends with some advice for the bride and groom, which is touching, and a toast in the form of a poem.
The happy couple, reverend celebrant, dear guests. The first wedding speech I ever gave was in 1958 when I married the groom's mother.
Oh, I was in love! I remember clearly what a great feeling courtship gave me. I used to lie awake all night thinking about something she said. After we married and had four kids I'd fall asleep before she finished saying it.
I'd like to focus on my son for a moment. He's married now, this may be his last chance to be the center of attention.
His arrival on this earth was a most significant event for us as his safe delivery was my wife's first after many disappointments. He was both long-awaited and much-wanted. Other birth disappointments followed but where there is a strong desire for offspring there is a way and eventually We were blessed with four lovely children. And they in turn have given me grandchildren who give me great pleasure.
When you are raising your kids you often wonder if You are getting it right. Forgive my little boast, but when I see how my children have turned out, its all been worthwhile. Every one of them, their partners, and my grandchildren are worth knowing.
My son did not get the best start in life, losing his mother when he was sixteen years of age. Having me as a father did not always help. Fewfathers aree equipped to be mothers too, to bridge the gap successfully.
His mother and I felt he got every one of the personal qualities of both of us. Some of his good character came down through his genes. One rarely hears the word character mentioned these days, but what is important to this father is that he has it in abundance. He is loyal, hard working, conscientious, and faithful. He won’t let you down. He has many good mates, some he has had for years and years, even dating hack to his school days.
Two other indicators of his character worth mentioning are, first, that most of his personal development, both physically and intellectually, is a result of his own efforts. His extensive tertiary education was at his own expense and he is indeed an educated man.
The second indicator is the effort he has put into every gift he has ever given any member of his family, including six nieces and nephews while he had no children of his own. As a male it could easily...