If you’re thinking of saying a few words on your big day, here’s some pointers as to what you might include in your wedding speech
Thank everyone who’s attending, especially long‐lost friends and people who’ve travelled a long way.
Thank those people who’ve supported you through the stress of preparing for the wedding.
Include a special word about your mum, not just to thank her for her role in the wedding preparations, but to describe your relationship with her over the years.
If you like, you could echo the pattern of your new husband’s speech: how you met; your first impressions; things you like and didn’t like about him; how the relationship developed; your thoughts on love and marriage; a more personal message from you to him.
Thank your guests for all their gifts (if the groom hasn’t done so already).
If you are thanking other people, it might make more sense for you, rather than the groom, to thank the bridesmaids.
A popular American innovation is for the bride to finish with a toast to the guests.