Are you in a loved one’s bridal party and feel ill-prepared to give a speech at the wedding? What do you say? Here are a few tips to help with the jitters, allow you to be prepared and make your speech a memorable one.
1. Write your speech down
It takes time to come up with thoughtful, caring words to say. There is nothing wrong with being prepared.
2. Let everyone know who you are and why you are giving the speech
In the beginning of your speech, be sure to introduce yourself. For example, “Hi everyone, what a beautiful day to see you all here. I am (name) and I have been best friends with (bride/groom name) since the first day of our freshman year at (college).” With this introduction it helps people recognize your relationship with the bride/groom.
3. Remark on the Ceremony
After your introduction, it is lovely to remark on the ceremony. You can describe the ceremony with words such as “beautiful, amazing, elegant, outstanding, unique” or any other adjective that can sum up how you would describe it and what it meant to you to see the couple get married.
4. Mention both the Bride and Groom in the Speech
Be sure to compliment both the bride and groom individually as well as a couple. It helps to compliment the couple on their beautiful day because what couple doesn’t like to hear that they met their soul mate and are absolutely fabulous on their big day?!
5. Be Personal, but Brief
Make sure that your speech is personal and brief. A 2-3 minute speech is long enough, no need to drag it out to where people are questioning when it will end. This speech will be remembered by the bride and groom so include personal memories. If the memory only includes one part of the couple turn the story into how you’re happy your loved one met their better half. Make the speech yours, but remember that this day is about the couple so be sure to include the couple and not just your loved one.
End the toast on a hopeful note for the future. For example, “Best wishes, wishing you many years of happiness, etc.” Anything positive to make the couple smile and be proud they chose you to give a speech. Conclude with a toast to the bride and groom. “Here’s to (bride’s name) and (groom’s name), Congratulations!”
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