Wedding Speech from the Father of the Bride
Thank you for that welcome, I haven’t had applause like that since Frank’s bachelor party in Angels lap dancing club!
Ladies and Gentlemen, for those of you who don’t know me I’m Mike, Claire’s Dad and on behalf of my wife Angela and I, I would like to welcome you all here today to celebrate the marriage of our daughter Claire to Frank
I would like to welcome Frank’s Mum, Margaret, partner Don, sister Helen and husband Simon as well as all our relatives and friends. I know a few have travelled considerable distances to be here. Thank you, its very much appreciated.
At this point I would like to mention three important people who are not here today. Firstly Frank’s Dad who died a few years ago when Frank was a boy. Of course I never knew Dave but I have recently seen a photograph and could hardly believe it wasn’t a photo of Frank, they were so alike. I believe that’s where Frank gets his passion for fast cars and motor bikes from.
I would also like to mention Claire’s Grandfather Les, who also passed away about ten years ago. Claire and Les shared the same birthday He doted on Claire and vice versa.
And I would like to mention Doris, Claire’s grandmother, who died just a month ago, she was so looking forward to seeing Claire walking down the aisle today but unfortunately she succumbed to her illness.
They are all here in spirit and I’m sure they are looking down today proud of the way the happy couple have turned out on this their happy day.
At this point Ladies and Gentlemen I would like you to stand while I propose the first toast of the day…. The toast is ‘Absent friends’.
Ladies and Gentlemen I would like to take you all back, 23 years, and the night after Claire was born, I was in a pub in Whitley Bay with a couple of friends wetting the babies head. One of them said, ‘ a daughter eh Mike you realise you’ll have to pay for the wedding’. NO PROBLEM said I ( no problem – a new baby, single income and a ten thousand pound mortgage) That was a straight repayment mortgage over twenty five years Claire, long before the days of a fixed rate or capped or offset mortgages and in the days when an endowment mortgage was the best thing since sliced bread! For those of you that don’t know Claire deals with mortgages with the Abbey National.
Anyway back to the pub (drink) No problem I said and the next day I went out and started a savings plan. I save a few pounds each month, so thanks to that and a gorgeous lady in black (its alright pet I haven’t been selling my body) that’s the Scottish Widows woman, the wedding is all paid for – well it will be after Angela and I have washed up at the P******* for the next few months. (turn to the MC and say’ what are you laughing at the cheque I gave you yesterday was a rubber one and still bouncing down Yarm High Street.
Anyway back to the pub (drink) and the other mate said ‘ a baby daughter eh Mike you realise you’ll have to make a...