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The Wedding Speech – Everything You Need To Know!

If you’ve got a wedding speech to deliver, you’re in the right place! Today we are breaking it all down for you so you know exactly what to do to prepare well. We’re talking about expert tips, exactly how to structure a wedding speech, when to deliver the speech and some funny quotes to include to get your guests laughing too.

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Simple Ways to Nail Your Speech

Grooms, Best Men, Bridesmaids, Brides, Parents of the Bride or Groom… it’s time to make a wedding speech! If you are feeling particularly nervous and freaked out about delivering your speech, we’ve got some expert tips. Here are five really practical things you can do to nail your speech and not let nerves get the better of you.

Read: 5 Ways to Nail Your Wedding Speech


How to Start Your Speech

Over here at weddingsonline HQ, we’ve been to a fair share of weddings and heard A LOT of wedding speeches. We can tell you that all the best ones did not start with “For anyone who doesn’t know me.” Most guests will already know who you are, especially if you are a sibling or family member. The couple has probably spoken about you or guests would have read your name in the wedding programmes. We do recommend introducing yourself at some point, but please do it without those dreaded six words. Remember that your introduction is important because you’ve got 30 seconds to grab everybody’s attention. If you’re stuck, we’ve got some fun toast starters you can steal!

Read: Toast Starters, Other Than “For anyone who doesn’t know me”


For the Groom

For some grooms writing and delivering their wedding day speech is a very scary prospect. And we get it! If public speaking isn’t your bag, standing in front of your nearest and dearest can be very very scary. One way to get over the nerves is to be prepared. Using our handy ideas you’ll be ready to give a great speech and bonus, you won’t forget anything! 

Read: Tips For A Great Groom’s Speech


For the Bride

It’s time to throw tradition out the window and speak from the heart! Today we’re saying yes to a brides speech and giving you all the hints and tips on having fun and making it memorable. 

The simple fact is, no matter the details and decor you have added to your wedding day, words spoken will make the most memories. If picking up the mic and sharing your thoughts is something you’d like to do, go for it. Here’s our tips for giving the best brides speech, ever… 

Read: Fancy Giving a Bride’s Speech? You’ll Love These Tips


For the Maid of Honour

You’ve been asked to deliver your Maid of Honour speech and you’ve got no idea where to start. Well, we’ve got you covered! Today we’re talking through everything you need to know. From the structure to funny tidbits you could include, questions to ask when writing different portions of your speech, and what to do if you are still completely stuck. Take a peek, you’ll thank us later!

Read: How to Write a Killer Maid of Honour Speech


Dos, Don’ts and Helpful Tips

For most people, wedding speeches don’t come naturally. Standing in front of a large group of people to deliver a speech sounds like a very daunting task for most of us! We’ve rounded up some handy tips for those delivering a speech and for couples too.

Read: Wedding Speeches: Dos, Don’ts and Helpful Tips


When Should You Deliver Your Speech?

This topic comes up again and again in our forums with couples torn between having the speeches before and after the meal. Traditionally the speeches were held after the meal so guests can sit back after a nice feed and enjoy the show. However, for lots of bridal parties the thought of public speaking is enough to put them off their dinner and they sit through the meal a bag of nerves. So what to do? Do you let the bridal party get the speeches over and done with or ensure your guests are fed first? We asked our wedding experts their opinions…

Read: Ask The Experts: Should We Have Speeches Before or After the Meal?


Funny Quotes For Your Wedding Speech

Want to give your guests a bit of a laugh during your wedding speech? These funny quotes are sure to do the trick! We just love injecting a little bit of humour into weddings, and the speeches are a fantastic space to do that. No matter the overall tone of your speech, there’s always a way to start or end with humour.

Read: Funny Quotes For Your Wedding Speech

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Kelly Jane Hartmann

Kelly is a former wedding planner and a lover of anything pink. She believes that any bride can plan her own wedding, with a few tips and helpful tools.

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