You might well be the father of the bride, but during your reception speech you mustn’t neglect the other influences in your daughter’s life. Her wedding day is all about her, but in recognizing how amazing she is, you simply cannot pass over the contributions of others. Countless people have crossed her path during her maturing, but there are still a few you will need to include who have has just as much influence as yourself. These are the folks who you mustn’t forget to thank in your speech.
It may sound obvious, but in the excitement of your time in the spotlight, it can be very easy to forget he woman brought your daughter into the world. A mother’s love is tender and caring, but you can bet that if she’s left out of your thanks during the night, you’ll be hearing about it for quite a while. It can be as simple as a tender nod during the moment where you mention influences during your speech, or can be an outright thank you, but rest assured, you should not pass your daughter’s mother over.
The Parent’s of the Groom
Tradition withstanding, the parents of the groom put a great deal of time into the planning of the wedding, as well as the reception itself. Make note of the arrangements, and be sure you understand what their accomplishments have been besides raising the man who will raise your grandchildren. It could be time and effort, or simply wedding finances, but whatever the case, be sure to thank them humbly.
The Wedding Planner
This is debatable in some circles, but a wedding planner who has put together your daughter’s special day without a hitch is someone worthy of praise. Aside from their fee, a thank you for their personal touches and contributions works as an endorsement on the part for those in attendance. IT could also be that you have other children looking to marry in the near future, and it’s not a bad idea to stay friendly with the person accepting your checks.
The Audience Themselves
It can be cynical to think the people across the room are only there for the open bar and catered dinner, but truly they are there to share your daughter’s special day. Some have travelled quite a distance to be there, and graciously thanking them for their love and attendance is a classy way to make them feel welcomed.
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