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:
Your wedding speech is all about giving thanks. If you’re having trouble finding the right words just take inspiration from, or simply adapt and use, some of these fabulous thank you lines. Just remember to change the names! Here’s how to thank people in the groom’s speech. To Thank Your New Father-in-Law ‘I just want to thank my father-in-law for his… read more
A best man’s wedding speech traditionally finishes with a toast to the bride and groom, where you encourage everyone to have a drink and wish them all the best for their future. Putting that into words is easy with these toast examples that you can adapt and use. Just remember to change the names! Wedding Speech Toast… read more
There are no hard and fast rules but the wedding speeches and toasts traditionally follows the order of: father of the bride, groom, best man, and other toasts. It’s growing more and more popular for the brides to make a speech too. So here’s a brief run-down of the traditional order of the toasts, and… read more
How to ensure the traditional parts of a best man’s wedding speech are included – tick off our handy checklist of wedding speech essentials. As best man and with a (hopefully) witty, amusing, moving speech to give at the wedding, you will no doubt have already consulted our Best Man Guides to everything from choosing the best… read more
Inspirational readings about love and marriage are one of the most popular additions to wedding ceremonies. We have put together a classic collection of some of the most beautiful non-religious wedding readings. All you have to do is choose your favourite. No matter if you’re going for a religious reading or one that’s more secular, the… read more
We live in enlightened times. Britain has a female Prime Minister. And a Queen! Germany has both (sort of). The US almost elected a woman to be its Commander In Chief. And yet, at the majority of weddings, the speaking roles are delegated exclusively to the men. The Father of the Bride, the Groom, and… read more
You’ve been asked to give a speech at a friend or relative’s wedding. On the one hand, it’s an honour. A privilege. An opportunity to tell everyone how much they mean to you. On the other, and if you’re like most people, it fills you with dread. What if I’m too nervous? What if I… read more
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