Offer your father-of-the-bride toast as guests sit down for the first course—this will help keep the reception flowing smoothly. Since you won't be the only person giving a speech (the floor should be offered to the groom's parents next, followed by the best man and maid of honor), make sure to limit your time to five minutes, tops. If you're a gifted public speaker with lots of charisma, have at it. But if you need a little help in the speech-making department, use our can't-fail template.
June 14, 2011