The Easy Way to Write a Wedding Speech
Speeches and weddings just go together. There are several traditional speeches that are given at every traditional wedding reception, by various members of the wedding party.
It’s customary for the bride’s father, the groom, and the best man to give speeches during the reception. However, often the bride or even the maid of honor will end up giving a speech as well.
Regardless of your role in the wedding, if you’ve got to give a speech, here are some basic tips you can follow to make things go as smoothly as possible:
Banish nerves by being prepared. Read up on what is expected from you during your wedding speech. There are lots of books out there that tell you everything you need to know about giving the perfect wedding speech. Also, you can go online to find out more information. Sometimes, you can locate sample speeches that can help you figure out what you’d like to say during your own speech. It’s a good idea to practice your speech many times before you give it at the wedding.
Some people end up consuming alcohol in an attempt to feel less nervous about giving their speech. Now, I’m not saying you can’t have a glass of champagne. But as a general rule, it’s bad to be drunk while giving a wedding speech! Drinking too much then giving a speech can lead to disasterous and embarrassing results.
Use humor in your speech, but make sure it’s tasteful. If you’re not a comedian by nature, find some funny wedding toasts or wedding themed jokes in books or on the Internet. The level of humor you interject into your wedding speech should depend on how conservative the bride, groom and their parents are. Some people appreciate funny wedding speeches, others find them distasteful.
Wedding speeches shouldn’t be long and drawn out. Keep things short and to the point. You’ll want to mention something positive about the bride and groom and make a toast to their union. If you are the bride or groom, simply profess your happiness to be newly married and thank all your family and guests for their involvement in your special day.