Tears and Laughter.... that's what the speeches are all about!
It's no secret about how much I love the wedding speeches, I have even shed a tear or two at a couple, the Father of the Bride's speech always gets me! We have had some cracking speeches over the years, some have turned the guests to a blubbering mess and some have raised an eyebrow or two...that's always the Best Man Speech. At most weddings, the Father of the Bride, The Groom and The Best Man say a speech but we have had a few brides over the years get up and say a few words too. Those who are saying a few words always seem to dread saying their speeches but they are one of the highlights of the wedding celebrations.
The Father of the Bride is usually the first one to stand and speak. He Normally thanks the lovely guests for coming and proudly talks about his daughter telling a story or two of her from when she was a young girl to the woman she has become. Mostly they are heart warming stories but you do get the funny memories too. The father of the bride always gives advice to the newly weds about marriage and also a few tips.
The Groom normally speaks on behalf of himself and his new wife, thanking people for help and support through the planning of the wedding and also through the years of growing up. I love when the Groom turns to his new wife and talks personally to her.
The Best Man are always the most funniest especially when he talks about the groom of course. You normally see the Bride laughing her head off and the groom with his hands over his face to hide the blushing!
Maid of Honour can say a speech too, just like the best man but to talk about her beautiful best friend.
Top 10 Wedding Speech Tips
1. Read your speech through a few times before the wedding or even memorise it, it will sound so much better if your ready and prepared and not just reading from a script. Practise makes perfect! Have notes and use if needed.
2. Always have a glass of water at the ready because of nerves and dry mouth.
3. Bride & Groom have tissues at the ready
4. Don't let the nerves get the better of you. Everyone in the room knows how important you are to the newly weds, they expect you to feel a little nervous but enjoy it, stand up, be confident and say your speech with pride
5. Don't worry about the camera! Of course the speeches will be photographed not just by the professionals but also by the guests...why not have fun with it strike a pose for the camera!
6. Its not a race to see who finishes the speech the quickest, speak slowly so we can all hear you.
7. Use humour in the speech, everyone loves to laugh
8. Don't forget its your speech - Use Props! We have seen photos handed out, personalised T-Shirts for the Bride and Groom, a pillow for the groom and even a cabbage! But don't get to carried away.
9. Say what you love about the Bride & Groom and wish them a wonderful life together and all the love in the world.
10. Lastly...Stay Sober! Slurred speeches are not a good idea!