Wedding speeches are reserved for the most important members of the bridal party and closest family and friends, as well as the bride and groom.
If you are one of the ones expected or asked to do a wedding speech, then preparing is a must.
Winging it just won’t cut it, especially when your wedding speech will be on video from now until eternity.
You have to have an opening and closing.
You probably want to throw in a story and at least one piece of humor, and it all has to make sense.
The best way to get a wedding speech started is to thank anyone and everyone important to the bride and groom and everyone who helped set up the wedding.
Depending on what your role is, you can spend quite a bit of time thanking everyone, including the bride and grooms parents for making the wedding possible.
Telling a funny story about either the bride or groom is also a good way to get the speech going smoothly.
Make sure the funny story you tell though isn't vulgar or terribly rude, and don't go spilling secrets that might hurt the marriage before it even has a chance to get started.
This is not the time to air out dirty laundry for the world to see and smell...
When making speeches, the simpler the better, you just need to focus on the memories that you have of your friends.
Here’s a quick outline for a wedding speech:
Note: each one of the bullet points below could have many variations
· Opening – Could be comments about the lovely affair
· Comments about the bride and groom
· Story – Could be about your interactions with the bride, groom or both.
· Humor- Pick something that applies to them and is appropriate.
· Closing – Something touching
· Toast – Raise your glass and make a touching and/or funny toast.
Giving the bride and groom some advice that you've learned over the years about relationships, marriage or just general good advice is a great way to end your speech.
If you've learnt something over the many years you've lived and you feel like it would benefit the bride and or groom, then by all means, impart your wisdom to them and every guest at the wedding reception.