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If you’d like some help writing your father of the groom speech, we’re here to help!
Until recently, the ‘voice’ of the parents at a wedding was typically restricted to the father of the bride or a friend of the bride’s family. A father of the groom would tend only to speak as a ‘stand-in’ father of the bride.
That has all changed, and we receive many calls from people in your position wondering exactly what to say! It’s a tricky one. The key is to avoid repetition. If you spend too long welcoming guests, you risk duplicating the father of the bride’s role. If you focus on your son you may fall into best man territory.
Which means it is vital that you have a clear plan to be 1) relevant 2) original and 3) appropriate!
As father of the groom, we’ll suggest thinking back-to-front. Rather than writing down everything you’d like to say, you should imagine you have just delivered the speech. What would you like the wedding guests to be saying? What balance are you looking to create between humour and sincerity? How can you ensure that your words are meaningful without being slushy? How can you be original without necessarily knowing what the other speakers are going to say?
We can help you prepare for this by sending you a bunch of questions created just for the father of the groom to help gather the appropriate background information. Once you have had a chance to review it, we can arrange an interview with our writing team (this can be face-to-face or over the phone). Some clients use the form as a catch-all for their notes and ideas and send it through for review. Others use it to ensure that they will be able to answer any questions we ask during the interview.
Either way, we will then be in a position to suggest how to put together a speech that will sound like you at the very top of your game. Some clients come to us with a draft they have already written and ask for our comments. We’re equally happy to work either way. There is no obligation to use us until after you received the formal proposal. This will include a project price that is typically £195+VAT for a significant edit or £395+VAT to write a ten minute speech for you from scratch and then edit it until you are ready to go. Every speech is different, and so these prices are not set in stone until we know more.