How to make people laugh with a wedding speech
Making people giggle along with your wedding speech is easy when you know how
Let’s face it, nobody is that keen to stand up and make a speech in front of lots of people, let alone when they know the pressure is on to also make the crowd laugh!
If you are the groom, best man, father of the bride or another unwitting member of the wedding party that has been asked to give a speech though… you’ll have to have a darn good excuse or simply get on with it!
It really isn’t worth losing any sleep over though, because if you start by reading through our guide to making a wedding speech cast your eye over our selection of fabulous jokes for wedding speech, and more fabulous jokes for a wedding speech, then pick one or two you like, read our guide to working jokes into your speech and we guarantee you’ll have your guests laughing out loud!
Just remember that everyone is on YOUR side. They are just thrilled to bits they don’t have to get up and try to do a speech like you do… so they will be incredibly grateful you have got them off the hook and willing you to well.
Also keep in mind…
Be relaxed (even if you are pretending!)
Take a deep breath, relax and at least pretend you are enjoying it – we promise everyone else will relax then too.
Be sensitive. Try not to mention subjects that are bound to offend someone (particularly the bride) and steer clear of referring to previous partners, weight problems etc. If in doubt, leave it out!
Even the best speech can become completely boring if it goes on too long. Just a few words spoken from the heart can be just as effective for wedding speech.
Speak clearly. It doesn’t matter how great your material is if no one can make out what you’re saying.
It’s a good idea to take a calm, measured breath between each sentence and remember to stay slow. Public speakers always speed up as they speak and what to you sounds nice and slow may well come over at breakneck speed.
If you can, check out the venue beforehand. Get someone to stand at the back and make sure that you can be heard.
Practice makes perfect, so practice anywhere and everywhere. Recite your speech in the shower, on the bus, in the bath… the more you practice, the easier it will be on the night.
General Wedding Speech Guide
- About the bride
- Who speaks and when
- Lines that are sentimental
- Who says what
- Great lines about the groom
- 20 top tips for making a great speech
- Coping with nerves
- End on a high!
- Tips, hints and checklists for a perfect wedding speech
- After you’ve written the speech
- Handling props and equipment
- Making a strong start
- Giving your speech a meaty middle
- Choosing the right material
- Researching your speech
- Getting your delivery right
- Speech games
- Great lines for your best man’s speech
- Wedding speech No-Nos
- Great lines about the bride
- Lines to get a laugh
- Lines to kick off with
- Ten tips for a top performance
- How to work jokes into your wedding speech
- Lines that work – and lines that don’t…
- Other speakers
- The bride’s speech: Where to start
- Sample material: For the stand-in speaker
- Stand-in speaker: Where to start
- Making a wedding toast
- Who traditionally says what