Giving a wedding speech can be a stressful experience if you aren’t sure what all to say! No matter how well you know the Bride or Groom, it can often be difficult to put into words exactly what you want to convey to the happy couple and to the wedding guests. It may be that you don’t like speaking to large groups, or that you don’t know what all you should include, or that you don’t know how to sum up how much you love and support the Bride and Groom. With a few pointers, you will be well on your way to preparing and delivering a great wedding speech!
Samples of a Wedding Speech Introduction
It is often a good idea to start off with a funny story that will capture everyone’s attention and get them to laugh and be involved in your speech. For example, you could say:
“I remember back in Kindergarten how (bride’s name) and I would sit and dream of the man that we would each one day marry. Sally wanted hers to be tall and handsome and be a real life cowboy. Now for those of us that know (Groom’s name), it is obvious that he is NOT much of a cowboy, but it is no question that he has roped Sally’s heart.”
Include the Obligatory Components
There are a few parts of a wedding speech that are to be expected. If you were to leave them out it would be a breach of wedding tradition and protocol, although in today’s wedding market, more and more wedding speeches are taking a more non-traditional route. It is standard protocol to thank the hosts of the wedding, which are normally the Bride’s parents. In some cases, this may not be the case if the wedding was paid for by the Groom’s parents or even the couple themselves. Also be sure to thank anyone who has played a major part in the wedding events such as the bridesmaids and groomsmen.
Use a Memorable Conclusion
Most wedding speeches typically include a brief introduction, some lighthearted humor, and an emotional conclusion. Don’t be afraid to speak what you truly feel for the couple and to offer encouragement and advice. Most people find a quote that eloquently sums up what they want to share and so they use it at the conclusion of their wedding speech.
An example of this might be, “Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful and endures through every circumstance” which is found in the Bible. No matter how you choose to close your speech, make it meaningful and memorable.