The bride's father typically makes the first speech at a wedding. He usually addresses the guests formally, welcomes them to the wedding and thanks people by acknowledging their contributions to the ceremony.
The bride's father may also speak more casually about his feelings and relationship with his son-in-law. In his speech, the father of the bride usually makes positive comments about the couple's future and welcomes the groom's relatives into his family. The father of the bride may also toast the bride and groom. The father of the bride should not indulge in embarrassing or negative stories about anyone, especially the groom or his family.