Father of the Bride Speech.

As the father of the bride I have the pleasure of making the first speech and paving the way for the star speakers, the groom and best man.
I would like to welcome every one of you here as you have all played some part, and for some, major part in the lives of Alan and Amanda
and are valued because of that. I know that your presence here on this special day in Mexico is important to them. So important,
it had to be combined with a luxury Caribbean holiday.
Iím really trying not to get choked up. What a wonderful day, blue sky, warm water, more food and alcohol than you can drink,
OH yes and a wedding. I love weddings.
I only have the one daughter, and doesnít she look beautiful. I am so proud of you Amanda.
You look as good as you are clever. You and Alan share a great treasure, a treasure we all know as James and you are to be congratulated on that.
Yours and Alanís smiles say it all. It is a responsibility, ĎGiving away the Brideí, but I have no hesitation. Alan you are so lucky.
Look after her, enjoy your marriage as much as your partnership, for now you are committed.
This is only my second tropical wedding but I think I could get used to it and I have Michaelís to look forward to one day.
How nice to be able to be comfortable. It has been truly wonderful.
A big thank you to everyone involved in the preparation for this day and especially to Wallis for organizing the hen night.
I think that you have already shown your commitments to each other in every way and I have confidence in your relationship.
Words of Wisdom, I have been married 34 years and brag about it often, but it comes through much giving and taking.
Not a lot of wisdom there is there?
Your future together knows no bounds and I am sure that you will both succeed. James will steer you in whatever direction he decides.
I hope, and I know, Mum wants him to have a sister, that you family grows in every direction.
I would like to ask you to think for a second of absent family and friends who for many reasons could not be here today. Alanís father,
Oma and Opa, (Dutch for Grandparents) Mark and Sarah. I know they would have loved to have been here.

I want you all to join me in a toast which begins;

Here's to the bride that was married today,
Here's to the groom she wed,
May all their troubles be light as bubbles
Or the feathers that make up their bed!
To keep a marriage brimming
With love in the loving cup,
When you are wrong, admit it,
And when you are right, shut up!
So here's to love, laughter
and happily ever after.
As Alan and Amanda start their new life,
let's toast the new husband and wife!