Groom's Father Toast: Tips and Samples
Groom's father toast is often the first toast that will honor the new life of the newlyweds. Learn some useful tips and find sample speeches to get inspiration from.
‘Dad’ is the one who always helps his ‘little girl’ find her way throughout her life. Finally, her ‘big day’ arrives and father walks the bride down the aisle. To fulfill this significant task, the supportive father of the bride should wear something that makes him look handsome. What would be best for him? He is not a part of wedding party technically; whether the bride's father has to wear same tux as groomsmen?
Not really! Not even for the sake of coordination with groomsmen. Uniformity of bridal party seems great live as well as in pictures. But for a father, the event is far bigger and special, if he wants to experiment with different accessories, just let him do it. If you wish to get that uniform appearance in the photographs, you may suggest your father to wear the same color tie (like groomsmen) over a different tux or a same color tux but designed differently. Do not mind, if he declines the idea.
Semi-formal, formal or ultra-formal, whatever the father of bride chooses to wear, it purely depends on his will. The important point in father’s dressing is to follow the dress code. If the groomsmen are wearing tuxedos, father of the bride should also wear a tux (surely a different one). Don’t confuse it with the previously answered question; whether the bride's father has to wear same tux as groomsmen.
You can try to rent the tux from a shop located close to the wedding venue (for groomsmen too). So you get it ready on the big day without any possible hassle. A tux for the father of the bride could be single or double breasted. For a more formal look (depends on the event), peaked, notched or shawl lapels could be tried.
If a casual look is what you are wishing for (casual event), opting for a linen suit or a guayabera (especially for summer outdoor weddings/beach weddings) with a dark- hued pants is yet another great option.
Be sure to get all the related accessories like suspenders, shoes, tie etc. beforehand from the local tux shop. Accessories for the father of the bride can be color-coordinated with groomsmen or with the gown color of his better half (whatever pleases him). Even patterned accessories are an acceptable option for the father of the bride.
“Does father of the bride wear same tux as groomsmen? I don’t agree with it 100%! My dad enrobed the same tux but he kept it uniquely different from others. Groomsmen wore blue vest and tie and my dad opted for silver.”
“We decided to go for the same suits (double breasted), even my FIL wore the same. All we did, was a different boutonniere for each handsome. It looked great in wedding pictures.”
“I don’t know why some people stress the FOB to match or coordinate his attire with the groom or groomsmen, when a MOB is never asked to do so. I think FOB should dress something different.”
“Though I like this idea of coordination whether of colors or tux. But I also want both of the dads i.e. my dad and FIL to stand out among others. So I am planning to have them wear the same suits but with different accessories.”
In the case of both FOG and FOB, we have seen people confused with the questions like; whether the bride's father has to wear same tux as groomsmen? Let’s see what’s best to wear for father of groom.
Father of groom should wear the same as groom and groomsmen. If they are wearing tuxedos, father should also go for one. He can choose a different color if he likes. Select the color keeping in view the weather and venue (indoor or outdoor).
For winter or evening event, colors like, black, charcoal and navy are perfect. And for summer or outdoor events choose from beige, brown and navy colors.
A MOB should get some suggestions from the bride to-be. As bride and groom are the ones to plan their event these days, they can give her better idea, on what style would suit the mother, keeping in view the theme of the wedding.
A MOB dress should be finalized right after the selection of bridesmaid’s dresses. She should choose a harmonizing hue with bridesmaid’s dresses, avoid the same.
An MOB can wear any color that she likes except the one the bride is wearing. Let the bride stand out on her special day.
Mother’s dress should be selected, keeping in view some important factors like culture and religion; do not wear a strapless one in a chapel, but if you do, putting on a stylish jacket or wrap over it is a great idea. Following the weather constraints is also important.
MOB should start looking for her dress about three months before the marriage. It gives you space to get it ready on time with any necessary alterations (if required).
Mother of groom is not a part of bridal party; she can choose any dress she likes. The color of her dress should be unique and not harmonized with any other women’s clothing, to make her stand out during the whole ceremony.
MOB is supposed to buy her dress first and call on the mother of groom to suggest different colors to her. Even bride can guide her MIL about some complimenting shades and fabrics for the wedding.