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Wedding speech writing can be stressful, especially for those who are afraid of public speaking. If you're scheduled to give a speech at a wedding soon, there's plenty you can do to prepare. As you celebrate your loved ones, learn more about what makes a great wedding speech.


What Is a Wedding Speech?

A wedding speech is a brief address given during a wedding reception to congratulate the couple. This is usually the responsibility of the newlyweds' parents as well as members of the wedding party.

A wedding speech can also refer to a brief speech given by the bride or groom to thank everyone for attending. Some people may use this term to refer to the officiant's opening remarks during the wedding ceremony. Wedding-related speeches are also given at the rehearsal dinner.


Who Gives Wedding Speeches?

You can bet on several people giving speeches to celebrate a newlywed couple. On any given wedding day, the following people can be expected to give a speech:

The best man: The groom's best man stands up to give a speech at some point during the wedding reception. The best man's speech is frequently humorous, full of amusing anecdotes about the groom and his friends. It's also an opportunity to send the happy couple our best wishes for their future together. Additional groomsmen may make comments as well.

The newlyweds: The couple would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for attending and for helping them with all the wedding preparations, including their friends, original families, and new in-laws. They might take a moment to express their appreciation to the wedding planner, as well as to any other vendors who may be present, if they have one.

The bridesmaid: The maid of honor leads the bridal party and frequently is the bride's best friend or sibling. She typically knows the bride better than anyone else. As a result, the maid of honor speech is a chance to narrate tales and share memories about the bride while also wishing her luck in her upcoming nuptials. Perhaps other bridesmaids will also speak.

The parents: The bride's parents almost always stand up to speak at weddings, so be prepared for that. The mother or father of the groom giving a speech is more common at the rehearsal dinner than at the wedding reception, though it can also happen there. It's possible that both sets of parents will speak in turn. Family members may stand up to speak as well.


How to Give a Wedding Speech

The secret to success when speaking at a wedding soon is preparation. To help celebrate the bride and groom's special day, keep these wedding speech suggestions in mind:

Stay away from improper subjects. Any speech that includes a few funny anecdotes is a welcome addition, but refrain from sharing any offensive ones with the wedding guests. If you had a particularly wild night out, don't talk about the bachelor or bachelorette party antics. Refrain from sharing embarrassing tales that could offend the bride or groom. Try to keep the speech jovial and family-friendly.

Recognize your special position. Each speaker at a wedding has a specific role to fulfill. The best man speech, for instance, serves a very different function than the father of the bride speech. To decide how to approach your speech, consider your special connection to the couple (or the bride or groom in particular) and draw on this. You will view things differently if you are their best friend than if you are their parent.

Coordination with the other speakers is required. Brainstorming with the other speakers can help you avoid repeating the same topics or stories in each speech. You could also ask the bride or groom what they plan to say in their wedding vows and if they want you to mention any similar memories or concepts in your speech.

Keep your speech brief. Great speeches last only as long as they are required to. When it comes to your wedding speech, keep it brief and to the point. Examine online speech examples and templates to get an idea of how long yours should be. Five minutes is more than enough time. If you go on any longer, you risk taking up too much valuable time for other celebrations. You will appear unprepared if you cut it too short.

Include both touching and humorous stories. If you're giving a wedding speech, chances are you're a close friend or family member. This means you have a large collection of touching and entertaining stories about the couple. Use these to make the audience laugh or cry on this special day of celebration.

Preparation is essential. Even the most self-assured people can find public speaking nerve-racking at times, so practice your speech several times before delivering it in real time. Bring notecards or a list of bullet points on your phone to help you remember. If this is your first time speaking in public, take deep breaths and remember that it will be over soon.

Finish with best wishes. When most wedding speeches reach their conclusion, they turn into wedding toasts. Consider making an original toast to the bride and groom at the end of your speech to end on a high note.

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