Rhyming Father of the Bride Speech Inspo
To show you how a good Father of the Bride wedding verse can look, here’s a couple of examples. Firstly, this, from America.
This father isn’t just captivating in his delivery, he tells the story of his daughter’s life in a funny and colourful way in just four minutes. Plus he pays tribute to the groom too, which is always great for balance.
There’s plenty of great lines. Basically, if you can get an audience cheering as much as this man does, you’re doing well.
The Rhyming Rules
1 – Treat It Like A Normal Father of the Bride Speech
It’s worth checking out our guide on how to write the perfect Father of the Bride speech because, despite it being a poem, you still need to cover the same content (and of course, you may wish to have an introduction and summary that doesn’t rhyme).
In summary, the Father of the Bride typically thanks everyone for coming but you don’t need to namecheck individuals. That’s the newlywed’s job.
Your job is to pay tribute to your daughter with some funny anecdotes (from child to adulthood) before moving on to summing up how much she means to you and what a wonderful person you think she is.
If appropriate, you should also pay tribute to the role her mother played in her upbringing. Certainly, pay tribute to your daughter’s new partner and welcome your new in-laws to the family.
You may also want to add some marriage advice (comedic or poignant) towards the end of your speech, before toasting the happy couple and wishing them well for their future life together.
2 – How To Get Rhyming Right
Delivering a rhyming speech can make you seem cleverer than you actually are. It’s also an easy way to come across as a pre-schooler reading a poem about their teddy.
It just depends on your ability. Even if you get the rhyming spot on, you also have to nail the rhythm (actually harder than it sounds).
It is a RISK. But if you do decide to go for it, here’s the cheat’s guide…
- Decide what point you’re trying to make with the speech and the stories you want to tell. Pull out all the keywords from that content; the ones that are crucial to telling the story and the punchline words.
- Use a thesaurus to find as many variations of those keywords as possible.
- Next, use a rhyming dictionary to come up with as many words that rhyme with the keywords and their variants.
- Spot the rhyming words that could fit into the theme of your speech. Pull out all the useful pairs of words (a keyword and a rhyming word).
- Now, build your poem using your pairings to create rhyming sentences.
- Sometimes it’s easier to find a poem that you like to base your rhythm on. For example, use a Pam Ayres poem and base your effort on a similar beat.
- Put the more tenuous rhyming word or sentence first. The second ‘payoff’ sentence is the one that your poetry is judged on. This is also where the punchline should be.
- Once you write your first verse, ensure that all the others follow the same pattern and rhythm.
- One comedy technique is to set up the idea that you’re about to say something rude, but after a pause, reveal something completely innocent. For example, my sister-in- law included this classic in her sister-of-the-groom speech…’He erected a tent, thought that should do the trick, Then he took Heidi to a nudist beach to show off his… suntan.’
3 – Rhyming Reminders
- Keep it simple – If it was us, we’d stick to the typical, funny poem structures. AABB (four-line verses within which each couplet rhymes), ABAB (four-line verses where alternate lines rhyme) or AABBA (which is typical of limericks. Just make sure it’s a clean limerick…).
- Don’t write too many verses – A typical Father of the Bride speech is six to eight minutes long, but you don’t have to write a poem that goes on this long. Two or three minutes of poem is perfect, as you’ll probably spend a couple of minutes setting it up anyway. As with all good Father of the Bride speeches, don’t needlessly try to bulk up your poem for the sake of it, just choose the créme de la créme.
- Don’t panic if you get stuck – Everyone does. No writer can just knock out gold in one go – even the best ones. Go for a walk, do some exercise, have a bath! Push it to the back of your mind and inspiration will strike when you least expect it.
- Read the poem out loud – And do it often! Once you’ve written it, you’ll need to practice it and the best way to do it is actually reading it out loud. You don’t notice tongue twisters when you read in your head. You also need to make sure everything really does rhyme and fit into the rhythm.
Speechy’s Father of the Bride Example
Those are the rules. But how does a good Father of the Bride speech look written down? Here’s an example of one, about a daughter who left to study engineering at university, where she met her now-husband.
From the day you were born, you loved to cuddle,
Although most of the time it was to get out of trouble.
Weekends on the beach, running up and down the pier.
Until you left me for uni to become an engineer.
A good engineer gets things up & running,
But a marriage? Well, that requires cunning.
With marriage, there’re no plans to follow along,
There’s just a need to say ‘sorry’, that lasts lifelong.
The basics of marriage, it’s obvious to see,
Isn’t grand designs, but agreeing how hot the house should be.
It’s about getting up early, just to make your loved one tea,
And stacking the dishes; an engineering feat beyond me
Men aren’t easy to mold, but you’ve chosen yours well,
He is kind and strong-willed, can survive Ikea hell.
But as you build your new home, he might break out in a sweat,
When he debates, once again, which lampshade to get.
I wish you a marriage as strong as steel,
An engineering feat, like The Shard or the wheel.
It takes effort to build that sense of bliss,
But as all engineers know, it’s helped with a kiss.
This is quite a specific example. But it goes to show you don’t need to rely on generic advice or old-hat jokes. Best of luck!