Heartfelt Speech by Father

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For those of you that don’t know me I’m Mark and I am Nora’s dad and as the father of the bride I have the dubious pleasure of making the first speech   –  I am the warm-up act for the star speakers and their words of wisdom –  the Groom and Best Man, Caleb and Matthew.

Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to thank all of you for being here today, especially those of you who knew that I’d be saying a few words – it’s very touching that you still decided to come.

Distinguished guests, those of dubious distinction and those of no distinction, family, relatives, in-laws and outlaws, young and old, friends, friends of friends, freeloaders and hangers-on – let me extend a warm welcome to Nora and Caleb’s wedding reception celebration. Winston Churchill was apparently asked to address a prep school and he got up and said, “Never, Never, Never give up!” then he sat down. Well you are not going to get away quite as easily as that, but I will try to be brief. I’ll be like Kylie Minogue – short and entertaining!

Mark Twain also wrote: “No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century.” I’m lucky enough to have experienced such a marriage. And I can only wish the same for Nora and Caleb.

I can’t stress enough how proud I am today, and how good it is to have you all here.  I hope you have a fabulous time this evening.

Now it is my pleasant duty to propose a toast to the happy couple and I know that everyone here will want to join me in raising your glasses in a toast to a long, happy and healthy future together, filled with the sound of laughter.

Here’s to the past, for all that you’ve learned.Here’sthe present, for all that you share. Here’s to the future, for all that you look forward to together. Ladies and Gentlemen, please be upstanding and raise your glasses to the Bride and Groom … Nora and Caleb…The new Mr. & Mrs.

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