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Owner of Weddings in Vieques, a destination-wedding planning company off the coast of Puerto Rico, Sandy Malone has helped countless couples plan their big day since 2007. Here, she shares some of the most cringeworthy wedding toasts courtesy of the fathers of the bride.
Traditionally, the father of the bride makes the most important toast at the wedding reception, wishing the couple luck and blessings in their future together. Over the years, toasting has grown and evolved. Most of the time, the bride's mother has something to say too.
If there's not an opportunity for the groom's parents to formally toast at a rehearsal dinner, they'll toast at the reception too — although they should go before the bride's parents because you go in reverse order of importance.
Toasts by fathers are usually rather sentimental. They can be tearjerkers. They're rarely roasts, although there may be a little teasing. But it's important for a father to realize that his words will live in infamy — literally — if he says something inappropriate when he's got the floor.
Here are some examples of the worst toasts I've heard from fathers at my weddings:
1. The FOB who shared TMI
The father of the bride began his toast by explaining that her mother's pregnancy wasn't planned. After he talked about his daughter's achievements, he wrapped it up by saying how glad he was that she had been born, after all. It literally left the entire audience speechless for a moment.
2. The FOB who forgot the groom existed
He talked about her achievements and how proud she made him, wished her success and happiness. He never mentioned the groom during the entire toast. You'd have thought it was a graduation or birthday party toast. You can't forget to mention the new spouse in the toast!
4. The FOB who was a real jerk
He never thought anyone would marry his daughter because "she wasn't the prettiest and she had, as we all know, a weight problem," proclaimed a father of the bride over a microphone at his own daughter's wedding. But she'd lost that extra weight and learned to do her hair, and now dad was proud she'd finally hooked a man. How do you toast that kind of comment? How do you, as somebody who loves the bride, raise your glass and celebrate such mean things?