For the groom, it is an opportunity to express his feeling on the most special day of his life and provide thanks to those who made it all possible.
Keeping a calm composure mixed with sincerity and the occasional touch of humour all go into making a great speech. Here are our tips on writing a wedding day speech that hits the mark.
Usually, speeches will be conducted after the wedding breakfast. The father of the bride will be the first to make his speech. The groom will then take his turn followed by the best man.
In terms of timing, 10 minutes is adequate for each speech. After each speech a toast should be proposed by the person giving the speech. For example, the groom may say:
“I’d like to conclude my speech by proposing a toast to my beautiful bride”. Sarah is everything I could have wished for and my soul mate. So please be upstanding and raise your glasses to the beautiful bride”.
The most difficult part of writing any speech is getting started. There are many sites available on the web that have template wedding speeches available. Whilst you may not want to copy these verbatim, they can be great to start with and edit as you go along.
There are specific things that you should cover if you want to remain in line with tradition.
There are always some things to avoid doing or saying prior to and during the speech. There may be a myriad of things you can do to raise a laugh but be careful. It’s very easy for a joke made in bad taste to upset people.
Remember that everyone will be intently listening to what you have to say. Even if you’re used to public speaking, you’ll find that you have the attention of the audience more than usual.
Try not to robotically read from a script. Prepare your speech well in advance and practice it frequently. If you can speak looking at your audience without referring to your notes too much, that’s great. However, if you do need to read directly from notes that’s fine – just project your voice and stay focused on the content.
Once all the speeches are delivered the end of the formalities are over and the celebrations begin.
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