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    • mickburkejnr
    • By mickburkejnr 18th Jul 17, 12:47 PM
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    What is the best way to handle mentioned my deceased Dad during my speech?
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    • 18th Jul 17, 12:47 PM
    What is the best way to handle mentioned my deceased Dad during my speech? 18th Jul 17 at 12:47 PM
    So in about 6 weeks time I'm getting married. I'm not at all nervous, I'm looking forward to it. The only thing I'm worried about is the speech, and it's not even the whole speech. It's the bit where I mention my Dad.

    He died over 4 years ago from a stroke, and it wasn't the best of situations as anyone who's lost loved ones to it will know. We kept a vigil at the bedside 24/7 for 6 days until he passed. I wasn't there, I had gone home with that feeling that it'd be the last time I'd see him. My soon to be wife was with me at the time, knew him, as did a few of her family. Her grandad doesn't shut up about him even though he only met him the once. So more or less everyone present will have met him at some point.

    I've spoken to a few people I know about the speech, mostly women, and most of them have said their husbands had the same problem. They want to do the best they possibly can, but they don't want to ruin it by blubbering through it, and more or less always end up blubbering through it. I've also been to a wedding of a friend of my fiancee's and her dad died shortly after mine did. I never saw her upset, but when her husband mentioned him in the speech he broke down in to bits. I know, if I gave the speech right now, I'd be rolled up on the floor crying like the last chap nearly did.

    Plus, while I'm sure it won't be the case, there will be people at the wedding who will want to see how I mention it. I didn't give a speech at his funeral, something which I regret now, so this will be the only real time I'll have mentioned him in public.

    I want to know if there's anything I can do to help prepare myself for mentioning it. While we are having an absent friends toast I have decided to give the guests an extra drink as a toast to him, a choice of whiskey or vodka (whiskey he would drink but not everyone likes it, so they can have vodka or stick with the wine). So it's going to be it's own thing anyway.

    I'll be quite honest, right now I'm getting waves of wanting to cry just writing this all out and thinking about it. While I know no one worth a damn will think less of me for crying, it's important to me that whatever I do say about him is delivered clearly without decending in to me pausing and having my voice break up if I can help it.

    Probably a tall order, but I'm only ever going to do this once so I'd like to do it right first time! Thanks in advance x
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    • 7roland8
    • By 7roland8 25th Jul 17, 10:24 AM
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    Hi - a very thoughtful post and I cannot believe no-one has bothered to reply.


    I do not really have any first hand advice but I think you need to do what feels right for you. Some people have a photo f the deceased parent on the top table - so that they are a part fo the event.


    However only you know if going into talking of your dad will turn the event more into a wake and upset everyone, including yourself.

    The absent friends toast sounds a great idea and personally I think a good idea would be not to focus too much on it. With you speech you can of course thanks your parents for the way they brought you up - and maybe a brief mention such as 'wish my dad was here to be with us' would be quite enough. Any much more than that and it may be embarrassing or awkward for others.


    'Plus, while I'm sure it won't be the case, there will be people at the wedding who will want to see how I mention it. I didn't give a speech at his funeral, something which I regret now, so this will be the only real time I'll have mentioned him in public.'


    I shouldn't think anyone will be 'waiting' for you to deal with your dad - its your wedding day to do as you wish. Don't feel bad about not speaking at the funeral - most people don't - it does not mean they think any the less of the person. Do not worry about using this as an opportunity to speak about him in public - you cannot re-run the funeral - but what you feel is in your heart.


    Maybe its good to do just a general speech - with just a mention of your parents as above - then if you feel the opportunity is right and YOU feel like it - then say a little - but actually I don't think this is so much the place - one line is fine. I know I went to one where the groom mentioned his dead mum - only a line - but it was enough for me to well-up - so you don't want to get everyone feeling gloomy.


    You loved your dad - no need to do a public display to show that.


    I'm sure you have googled the problem but here are a few suggestions https://www.thespruce.com/acknowledging-the-death-of-a-parent-at-your-wedding-3490119
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    • springdreams
    • By springdreams 26th Jul 17, 11:36 PM
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    My brother got married 6 years ago, which was 4 years after our mother passed.

    He and his wife to be at the time had a framed photo of my mum on the bridal couple's table (facing them) and my brother simply made a toast to "those who are no longer with us".

    Given that it has been 4 years since your Dad passed, I don't think people will be expecting you to make a thing out of him not being present / no longer with you. So a simple mention perhaps along the lines of "and I'd like to raise a toast to my Dad and others who are no longer with us" should be sufficient.

    Keep practising whatever it is you intend saying out loud for a few weeks before the event - perhaps to your fiance or siblings if you have any, and it should be easier on the day.
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    • LittleMax
    • By LittleMax 3rd Aug 17, 5:30 PM
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    The absent friends toast and a special drink for your Dad sounds a lovely idea. If you think you will struggle to get the words out, another idea to think about is whether you could ask your best man to include this with his toasts. That way you and your wife get to toast your Dad without worrying about stumbling through the words.
    • Eric_the_half_a_bee
    • By Eric_the_half_a_bee 3rd Aug 17, 5:47 PM
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    A difficult decision. What does your fiancee think?
    • nightsky224
    • By nightsky224 16th Aug 17, 1:17 PM
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    • 16th Aug 17, 1:17 PM
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    • 16th Aug 17, 1:17 PM
    So difficult, my friends mother died a couple of years ago and at her brothers recent wedding they had a cocktail bar set up in her honor with her picture on it and a framed message. Really lovely idea.
    I think that maybe it would be best to keep it short, as you say most people there will know the history.

    hope it goes well x
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    • Abbafan1972
    • By Abbafan1972 17th Aug 17, 8:41 AM
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    I have not been in this situation but felt compelled to reply.

    You don't have to mention your Dad in great length in your speech if you don't want to - just an absent friends toast will be lovely and I like the idea of the framed photo somewhere at the venue. That would be a nice touch - just to show that you are thinking of your Dad without going too over the top about it.

    Hope it all goes well for you.
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