Tick off this list and you can rest assured you are ready for your big wedding speech
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Once you have said your vows, kissed your bride and managed to walk back down the aisle, your mind will turn to the speech you have prepared to ‘wow’ everyone with at the reception.
By now, you will have taken notes from our guides to the traditional parts you need to include in your groom’s wedding speech, what to say if you want to sound romantic, what to say if you want to be funny or what to say if it is your second marriage. You might have used our speech material templates for ideas.
If so, all you need to do now is tick off this handy checklist for your speech and you are all set!
The Groom’s Wedding Speech Checklist
- Have you practised your speech either in front of the mirror or with an audience?
- Have you worked out how to use the microphone, if there is one?
- Have you made sure your speech will appeal to a wide range of people and not offend anyone?
- Is your speech funny, affectionate and charming without being offensive?
- Have you included thanks to everyone necessary, particularly your new father-in-law for allowing you to marry his daughter, your parents for their help in organising the day, the best man for his help and the guests for attending and giving you gifts?
- Have you given a gift to both mothers?
- Have you complimented your new wife?
- Have you thanked the best man for his help?
- Have you timed your speech and made sure it’s about 5 – 8 minutes long and no longer?
- Have you written your speech down on handy cue cards (if you think you might go blank on the day)?
- Have you remembered to end your speech with a toast to the bridesmaids?
All ticked? Then you are ready for the big day! Good luck! You won’t even need it if you speak from the heart.