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The Groom’s Speech

28th May 2015 |By | 7 Comments

The groom’s speech is a time to give thanks, and to express how you feel on the happiest day of your life. Here’s how to write a heartfelt speech and stay calm enough to deliver it.

Traditionally, the speeches come after the wedding breakfast to mark the end of the formalities and the start of the celebration. The bride’s father makes the first speech, followed by the groom and then lastly the best man.

Each speech should last around 10 minutes and end in a toast (a sip of champagne) to the happy couple. If you are having a toastmaster, they will announce each speaker. You don’t have to stick with tradition, and some couples choose to have the speeches before the wedding breakfast so the speakers get to actually enjoy their meals! You don’t have to have a formal toast master to introduce each speech either, it is fine for each speaker to casually just stand up and say a few words.

Writing Your Speech

This is your chance to recount how you first met your new wife and how she has changed your life for the better. It is also an opportunity to thank her and both sets of parents, the best man and bridesmaids, and to give thank you gifts for their help with the wedding planning.

The groom's speech at Jessica and Ed's wedding |

It’s really up to you what you say and how you say it, and many grooms find it useful to start with a template speech that they adapt. If you want to make a truly memorable speech then you could enlist the help of an expert speech writer. If you would rather write your own, then just remember to include some heartfelt words about your bride, your families and the wedding day itself.

If you want to stick with tradition, then this is the order your speech should follow:

1. First the groom thanks the father of the bride (or mother or step-father if the father is not present) on behalf of himself and his new wife for the father of the bride speech that has just been made

2. He should then thank the guests for coming, the bride’s parents (particularly if they are hosting the wedding), his parents for raising him and his best man for unchaining him from the lamp post after the stag do…

3. He should also thank anyone else who has helped or been involved with planning the wedding.

4. The groom presents both mothers (if applicable) with bouquets and then says a few words about his ‘beautiful new wife’.

5. The groom finishes his speech with a toast to ‘the bridesmaids’.

You might want to consider Including Children in Your Speech and you may want to say a few things differently if it’s the Groom’s Second Marriage.

Just try to simply make it a positive and uplifting few words of gratitude, from the heart, and you can’t go wrong.

The groom's speech at Jessica and Ed's wedding |

Groom Speech Examples

Here’s an example of a typical short groom’s speech that can be adapted by changing the names and adding in any other relevant personal details:

“Thank you for all coming here today, especially everyone who has travelled from far afield to share this day with us. And thank you for your generous gifts too.

I must also thank Katy’s parents – Carol and Ray – and my parents – Jane and John, for all their help in the organisation of our lovely day. When I met Katy, I thought she was sincere, kind and caring and when I met her parents, I knew exactly where she got it from. It’s clearly genetic, and I hope our children will inherit it. Carol and Ray, we’d like to give you these little tokens of our love and thanks.

My love and thanks today really have to go to Katy most of all though, for being here, for being so beautiful, kind and brilliant in so many ways, and now for being my wife.

You’ve all met James, my best man. I checked with him that he could organise a stag night, make a speech; even get me to church on time. But I forgot to ask the most important thing: could he tie the knot? I’m not talking about marriage here – I’m talking about the horrendous mess he’s made of my bow tie!

Finally, thank you also to the beautiful bridesmaids. I know they have been a great support to Katy during the last few months and ladies and gentlemen, I would like to please ask you to raise your glasses, as I give you… the bridesmaids!”

The speeches at Jessica and Ed's wedding |

Delivering Your Speech

Try to keep calm and remember that everyone there wants to hear you speak and cares about you so you have won over your audience before you even stand up. It can help to write down the main points of your speech on handy cue cards you can refer to if your mind should go blank.

Practice what you intend to say, not by reading from a script, but by speaking freely if you can. When you know what you want to say, the words should come naturally. It can help to have a few deep breaths before hand or a glass of wine, but don’t drink too much.

If you will feel more comfortable simply reading a speech you have written that’s fine too. Just try to read slowly so everyone can keep up and speak louder than usual to make sure everyone can hear you. And if you feel anxious about it, don’t do it. Ask your bride if she would like to say a few words on your behalf of both of you instead.

Groom Speech Tips and Checklist

  • Thank the father of the bride for his speech
  • Thank the guests for coming
  • Thank both sets of parents
  • Give thank you gifts to both mothers
  • Compliment your new wife and say a few words about how much she means to you
  • Thank the best man for his help
  • End your speech with a toast to the bridesmaids

Consult a professional speech writer for a tailor-made speech from our Suppliers Directory. And for more advice on making your speech, read our 20 Top Tips for Making a Great Speech.

Written by

Kate Thompson is a widely published wedding expert and lifestyle writer who has made several television and radio appearances discussing wedding trends in the UK.

7 Replies to “The Groom’s Speech”

  1. Lisa Aidoo

    Please I have been asked by the bride to give vote of thanks on her wedding day please I need help because I have never done it before

    Reply· Jul 5, 2017 5:29pm
    1. Kate Thompson

      Hi Lisa, how lovely to have been asked to do this. You just need to say a few words of thanks, usually to the happy couple, bridesmaids, best man and the rest of the bridal party. I would suggest you check with the bride exactly what she would like you to say as some people thank the venue staff and photographer if they are still there. She may just want you to give thanks to the bridal party and if so it’s good to include a nod towards the parents of both the bride and groom and the ushers too. I hope that helps. Feel free to come back to me if you need any more help once you have spoken to the bride. Kindest regards, Kate

      Jul 6, 2017 12:03pm
  2. taiye

    hi,please can you kindly send me a comprehensive wedding vote of thanks to my email address.i need to use it for my wedding ceremony coming up very soon something short ,simple and catchy will be highly appreciated. thanks God bless

    Reply· Feb 8, 2018 3:09pm
  3. Reon pereira

    Hi there, can you please send me a wedding vote of thanks (thanking brides mom, my parents and siblings and thanking friends and family for attending the function) on my email address? Shouldn’t be more than a minute, something very short and catchy will be highly appreciated, thank you in advance god bless you

    Reply· Mar 23, 2018 1:30am
  4. Bridget

    Hi I want a very short vote of thanks for my brother in law who is getting married he is a nervous type of a guy could you pls help

    Reply· Apr 15, 2018 9:18pm
  5. Wilfred Halley

    Hi I’m getting married July 15 could u curator a groom speech for me thank you.

    Reply· May 5, 2018 9:52pm
  6. Jim Smith

    Thank you for your really easy to understand speech order getting married on the 23rd of June (20 days) and despite being a confident public speaker the actual formatting was quite puzzling. It is wonderful to find someone who is not overtly pushing a pay service or some horrid “5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW” listicle with nothing but generic filler….

    Will be sure to follow your sound advice and thank you again for offering it

    Kind regards

    Jim and Racheal

    Reply· Jun 3, 2018 8:34am

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