If the biological father will be present at your stepdaughter’s wedding go to Stepfather of the Bride Wedding Speech ~ Biological Father Present. For tips on preparing your speech go to Stepdad Tips for Preparing Your Stepdaughter’s Wedding Speech.
If the biological father is not in attendance, then you should try to make up for his lack of presence as much as possible. This is where a girl really needs her daddy to be her rock and help her push through this exciting time. Ensuring you love her as if she was your own is a great way to form an even stronger bond with her. For your speech, you could say something like…
I’ve watched you grow. I’ve gotten the joy of seeing you become a remarkable young woman. Marriage is a new chapter, and it’s a difficult one. One that takes courage, patience, understanding, love, respect and hard work. I have no doubt that you will have a successful marriage, because all of these qualities are ones that you already possess. Most of all, you have the profound ability to bring a smile to the faces of those around you. (Insert bride’s name), I couldn’t be more proud than I am to have a beautiful daughter like you. I love you, sweetheart! Congratulations to (bride’s name) and (groom’s name)!”
There was no greater joy than having the privilege to raise someone as special as you, (bride’s name). Here you are, starting your own family and beginning your lives together, ready to fly on your own… and I am proud. I’m proud to have gotten the chance to help raise a smart, funny, and beautiful little girl into an intelligent and bright woman. I love you so much, and I couldn’t be happier to welcome (groom’s name) into our family. Congratulations to you both, cheers!”
(Bride’s name), do you remember when I taught you how to (insert something you’ve done)? It felt like as long as I was holding your hand, you could do anything. I held your arm as you walked down the aisle today, knowing it would now be (groom’s name) that would be the one to hold your hand and help you fly from now on. But as you start this new chapter, recognize that there will be trials and tribulations, challenges, and know that nothing in life ever comes easy. Except the love you will have for each other. Just remember that under no circumstances does this mean I won’t still be here when you need me. I love you, and I’m proud of you. Welcome to the family, (groom’s name), and best of luck in your future together!”
These types of speeches should never be too long, as there will likely be a lot of other people who want to toast the newlyweds as well. Even before the father of the bride, the couple generally toasts each other, followed by the maid of honor and best man. Keep the speech to the line limit of the above samples and you should do great. Remember, speak from your heart and you will be a guaranteed hit!
Read more great tips on how to be a good stepdad in the Archive How to Be a Good Stepdad.