TOAST TO THE BRIDE'S PARENTS
(Groom's speech, replying to first toast to bride and groom, a
longer, humorous speech.)
Reverend Brown, Ladies and Gentlemen, (Pause).
Thank you very much, Mitch, for
those kind words. It goes almost without saying how pleased I am
to be here today. In order not to dull your pleasure I intend to
only speak for a few minutes in case we all get snowed in!
We couldn't have wished for
better weather perfect sunshine, just the right start for a
wedding day and honeymoon.
As you all know Maria has been a
much sought after woman, but I'm pleased to announce the winner of
the competition, me. There are no runners up, or associated
My new mother-in-law, Pat, has
worked long and hard for many months to prepare this wonderful
occasion, all the little details such as these beautiful
flower/cake decorations were planned by her, and my father-in-law
has taken on his second mortgage without complaint, like the
good-natured man he is. I am very pleased to be part of the same
family and to know that my parents feel the same.
Speaking of whom, today
represents a great occasion for both my parents, being the
culmination of many years of planning of a different sort. They
have prepared me well, supported me through school and college,
taught me the difference between right and wrong, so that I know
which I am enjoying at any given time!
Maria is beautiful, intelligent,
and hard working. The list of her good qualities is extremely
long. Unfortunately I cannot read her handwriting.
I would like to thank you all for
your presence in both senses of the word, but especially for the
smiling faces I see in front of me. I am particularly pleased that
Aunt Alice managed to make the long journey down to Miami from New
York for this occasion, and we are all delighted that Maria's
sister, Heidi, flew all the way from Washington to join us and be
such a charming bridesmaid. Of course she had a 'little help'
-quite a big help, actually, from Robin, who looked so sweet
holding Maria's train.
My best man, Steve, has made
everything go smoothly, and made his contribution to what has
seemed the perfect day.
(Alternative ending: Finally, I must pay tribute to the
bridesmaids Heidi, Robin, Margo and Sue whose invaluable support
has helped to make this day so successful.)
If there are no bridesmaids,
the toast is to his parents- I in-law as follows:
In conclusion, thank, you,
everybody, for listening, and I hope you are having a wonderful
evening and are all as happy as we are today. Would you kindly
stand and raise your glasses and drink a toast to the health of
your hosts, two wonderful people, Mitch and Patricia. (Pause.)
To Mitch and Patricia!
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