The speeches are the highlight of the wedding reception and a chance for the guests to sit back and be entertained. Wedding speeches should bring tears and laughter and a good speech will do both for all the right reasons.
The Father of the Bride traditionally stands up to make a speech about the bride – what she was like as a child, and how he and his wife welcome her new husband into their family. The Groom also speaks about his bride, but of how much he loves her and of how is very grateful to her parents for bringing her up so well. The Best Man then ruins it all, often quite hilariously, with debauched stories of the stag do, to hopefully rapturous applause!
Writing and delivering a speech in front of a hundred people can be daunting but it’s also an opportunity to shine and to share your love and appreciation to all. With expert tips on writing a winning speech to using props and calming nerves, examples speeches and great wedding jokes, our guide to speeches is indispensable:
Modern wedding speeches have evolved. Brides, maids of honour and mothers of brides have disrupted the tried and tested speech formation and it’s quite simply magnificent. Expert advice for the bride’s speech from Adam Cockerham, owner of Adaptable Speechwriting. We all know the traditional wedding landscape has been dramatically shifting for a little while now. It’s… read more
Ladies, the male-dominated microphone is a thing of the past. More and more brides are choosing to deliver their own wedding speech. Because on the most important day of your life, you have things to say and people to thank. But before you clear your throat, it’s always good to get a bit of help.… read more
Rose Bourke from website, The Best Best Man offers some top speech writing tips / best man speech advice. You want to give a best man’s speech that will leave people smiling and hopefully laughing along with your well thought out anecdotes. Image courtesy of Sarah Young The best speeches start by thinking about the audience and what… read more
The speech etiquette for weddings has changed. It’s no good referring to that tattered etiquette book from the 90s you found lurking in the bookcase, people expect different things these days. Luckily the Speechy experts have developed the ultimate modern etiquette guide. The general rule is be polite, be grateful but don’t be tied down… read more
When it comes to making a speech, you could follow convention: tell some anecdotes and throw in a few crowd pleasing one-liners, or really push the boat out and deliver something different, entertaining, or even inspiring. Here are some ideas for unusual wedding speeches to make it memorable for all the right reasons. Song or Rap Tom Fletcher,… read more
Getting this speech right is harder than you might think. Dads, you have an awful lot of things to cover in a short time frame, so a planning structure and simplicity will be vital. All families are unique and no two father-daughter relationships are the same. This means there is no template for the perfect Father-of-the-Bride… read more
The Father-of-the-Bride speech has the potential to be the most memorable of all. Done properly, it has the latitude to be funny, thoughtful and deeply poignant. However, it also has the potential to go horribly wrong and become an emotional wrecking ball. Here are the “Seven Daddy Sins” of bad speechmaking… Narcissism Some Fathers-of-the-Bride (hereafter… read more
Let’s be clear. I am not Oliver Cromwell and I am not suggesting that we ban Christmas. Obviously, the best man speech should be funny and a degree of good-natured teasing of the groom is absolutely necessary. However, the most effective best man speeches will be original, carefully planned and accessible to the entire audience.… read more
The worst kind of best man actually believes he IS the best man. He is convinced that he is the funniest, most attractive and interesting man in the room. His speech will be a collection of disconnected accounts of “laddish” excess. It will be interspersed with exhausted wedding jokes about the mother-in-law (“first time I saw… read more
Once upon a time, speeches at a wedding were given by the groom and a friend of the bride’s family. Then the best man joined in, followed by the father of the bride. And time stops for no man. Or woman! Inspired, perhaps, by the Swedish example, where everyone has a go, other members of… read more