wedding speech

Speeches are often the highlight of the day at a wedding – these days, even the bridesmaids are also joining in on the action…

So, whether you’re the Groom, Best Man, Father of the Bride or anyone who’s got the courage to get up and talk in front of alllll of the guests at an upcoming wedding – here’s five tips for giving a smashing speech!

 

Avoid any unnecessary technical difficulties…

So many people are opting to store their speech on a phone/tablet these days.

At my brothers wedding, one of his groomsmen thought it would be funny to lock his iPad – cue an awkward few minutes of everyone wondering what was happening whilst my poor brother was stood up, mic in hand, desperately trying to unlock it! The situation was made even funnier when one of the guests started ringing him mid speech so all he could see was the caller ID…

It’s definitely worth keeping it simple – use cue cards, a notebook or even a bit of paper… sure you might rustle a bit if you’re nervous, but there’s less that can go wrong this way.

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Keep it humorous…

But when we say humorous, there’s a fine line between getting everyone chuckling and disgusting everyone in the room!

You might want to re-think showing those pictures of the groom on his stag do…

At the last wedding I went to, the best men included a delightful photo in their speech featuring the aftermath of a visit to the toilet… it was revolting – put me right off my sticky toffee pudding. Play it safe with jokes about the cake being ‘in tears/tiers’ instead!

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Stick to the point…

No one wants to listen to you rambling on an on and on and on and on…… about inane nonsense.

Make sure you practice your speech on someone beforehand and take constructive criticism on board!

It’s worth cutting out bits that aren’t really adding to your speech. Especially if the speeches are happening before the wedding breakfast – you don’t want to keep people waiting for their food…

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Make sure it’s from the heart…

There’s really nothing better than hearing a speech which you can truly tell is genuine. A few little tears are sure to win everyone over too! Just don’t forget a tissue…

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ENJOY IT!

If you project happiness in your voice, it will definitely mean your audience will engage with you more. If you go up there and mumble your way through it, with your eyes to the floor, people will switch off…

Be confident, speak loudly and clearly – most importantly, don’t forget to breathe!

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