Write and deliver a short speech letting everyone know how proud you are of the happy couple. It may seem nerve wracking, but it doesn’t have to be.
- Introduce yourself. While most present may know you, not everyone will.
- Express your pleasure that your son has found such a wonderful woman, and of their upcoming marriage.
- Know the situation. A rehearsal dinner is a much less formal atmosphere than the wedding, so take that into account when planning what to say.
- Time it out and practice.
- Don’t be robotic. A speech that sounds like it is from a robot isn’t the most fun to listen to and doesn’t sound very heartfelt. Don’t be afraid to get a little emotional.
- Relax and have fun. All you are doing is toasting your son and congratulating him! Keep it short and sweet and you’ll do great!
Consider using a quote to open your speech. Here are some examples:
- Marriage, n. The state or condition of a community consisting of a master, a mistress, and two slaves, making in all, two.
- – Ambrose Bierce, “The Devil’s Dictionary,” 1911
- Marriage is a great institution, but I’m not ready for an institution.
– Mae West
- One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love.
- Love is blind — marriage is the eye-opener.
– Pauline Thomason
- I think men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage. They’ve experienced pain and bought jewelry.
– Rita Rudner
- To keep your marriage brimming, with love in the wedding cup, whenever you’re wrong, admit it; whenever you’re right, shut up.
– Ogden Nash
- A good marriage is at least 80 percent good luck in finding the right person at the right time. The rest is trust.
– Nanette Newman
- Politics doesn’t make strange bedfellows, marriage does.
– Groucho Marx
- The absolute yearning of one human body for another particular body and its indifference to substitutes is one of life’s major mysteries.
– Iris Murdoch
- Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it.
- Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it.
- Hatred darkens life; love illumines it.
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Immature love says: “I love you because I need you.” Mature love says: “I need you because I love you.”
– Erich Fromm
- Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.
– Antoine de Saint-Exupery
- A good marriage is like a casserole, only those responsible for it really know what goes in it.
- To love is to suffer. To avoid suffering one must not love. But then one suffers from not loving. Therefore, to love is to suffer; not to love is to suffer; to suffer is to suffer. To be happy is to love. To be happy, then, is to suffer, but suffering makes one unhappy. Therefore, to be happy one must love or love to suffer or suffer from too much happiness.
– Woody Allen
- Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.
– Victor Borge
- Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.
– Rabbi H. Schachtel
- And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.
– Antoine de Saint-Exupery
- Marriage is the golden ring in a chain whose beginning is a glance and whose ending is Eternity.
– Kahlil Gibran
- Success in marriage does not come merely through finding the right mate, but through being the right mate.
– Barnett Brickner
- There is no more lovely, friendly, and charming relationship, communion, or company than a good marriage.
– Martin Luther
- A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.
– Mignon McLaughlin
- Marriage should be a duet — when one sings, the other claps.
– Joe Murray
- The great secret of successful marriage is to treat all disasters as incidents and none of the incidents as disasters.
– Sir Harold George Nicolson
- Love is the lifespring of our existence. The more love you give, the happier you feel and the more love you will have within you to give.
– Susan L. Taylor
- Love one another, but make not a bond of love:
- Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
– Kahlil Gibran
- Drinking before giving a toast can lead to bad results and embarrassment on all sides.
- Keep it shorter. Too long a speech is just as bad as a poorly given one. You lose the attention of all quickly.