You are probably at the stage where the wedding plans are finally taking shape and you are really looking forward to the Big Day – until you remember the wedding speeches! You ask yourself…
Who says what?
Who speaks when?
What if we want to be different?
How do I control my nerves?
And a thousand other questions.
Relax! Wedding speeches are one of the easiest speeches you will ever have to deliver if you know what to do. The tips, articles and blogs below will advise you on who speaks, in what order, as well as how to write and deliver a great speech.
If you’re feeling nervous about just the thought of delivering a speech then be sure to read through our Tips On Overcoming Nerves plus some helpful Do’s and Don’ts. You’ll find ideas for different speeches plus wedding jokes that you can use as a starting point.
There is a traditional order for speeches at a wedding – but it is important to remember that it is your wedding so the format is really up to you. It is useful to consider the traditional format so that you can decide which elements you wish to include and which you would like to vary.
In the same way you don’t have to stick to the rules when it comes to who speaks. A lot depends on who is good at making speeches. As long as the people who count are thanked, and someone wishes the happy couple well, speeches are simply a tool for livening up the party atmosphere and making sure the room is filled with joy and laughter.
If you’re the speechmaker you should start one or two months before the wedding – and definitely not leave it until the night before or the morning of the wedding. You should first check what things you should include in the speech - that will give you a good starting point. If you’re not sure on the content of wedding speeches then check out our article on The Content of Wedding Speeches. There are also articles dedicated to the content of the best man’s speech, the groom’s speech, the bride’s speech and the father of the bride’s speech.
Spend a little time on preparation and you really will be able to give the wedding speech that your friends and family will rave about for years!
PS. If you find quotes a helpful starting point then you’re in luck – we’ve been collecting inspirational love and marriage quotes on Pinterest – check out our board with over 150 pins!
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