Nervous about having to make a wedding speech at your friends’ wedding and not sure where to start? Don’t worry! We have created a guide to help you nail your wedding speech confidently and easily!
Part 1: Answer these questions
Consider these questions when jotting down your wedding speech. It may help you to have a photo of the couple in front of you while you write to help you emotionally connect with your words.
How long have you known the bride/groom?
What’s your story? A brief history of how you and the bride/groom became best friends.
When and how did he/she tell you about his/her partner?
What do you love most about the couple as individuals and as a couple?
When did you know they were meant to be together forever?
What does their friendship mean to you?
Is there a classic story that represents your favorite time with them or your friendship?
What are five words that come to mind when you think about them?
Where do you see yourself and your friendship in ten years?
Be Sure to
- introduce yourself and state your relationship to the couple.
- remember to congratulate the bride & groom and thank them for allowing you to be a part of their special day.
- make it mostly about the couple and less about your friendship.
- tell one or two stories that relate to what you love about the couple.
- speak from the heart.
- choose your words thoughtfully. Remain respectful. There will likely be many generations present.
- thank everyone who worked to pull the wedding together.
- end the toast on a positive and optimistic note.
- make your speech a competition. Everyone is there because they know the bride and groom.
- try too hard to be funny or be afraid to be serious/sentimental. Just be sincere and be yourself.
- ramble on forever. Keep your comments to no more than 5 minutes.
- only tell inside jokes.
- forget to write the actual toast into your speech. “Let’s raise our glasses to…” (the audience will raise their glasses when you do).
Part 2: The Guide
Now it’s time to put it all together!
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