Making a Wedding
Sooner or later, at some point in your life, you may be called upon
to speak at someone’s wedding. Perhaps you’ll be the proud father of
the bride or someone’s best man. Whatever the case may be, it can be
a good idea to know how to make the appropriate wedding speech. Some
people may think these points are obvious, but they’re not the ones
that are giving the speech. If you’re not much for public speaking,
you may find these tips helpful if you ever have to speak at someone’s
Keep it Short
The worst part of any wedding celebration is when some long winded buffoon
drones on and on during his opportunity to make a wedding speech. No
one wants to listen to your ramblings for forty minutes, no matter how
interesting you may think they are. People are at the wedding to share
in the couple’s joy and have a good time. No one will be able to do
either if you talk for too great a length of time. Try to keep your
speech under five minutes long if possible.
Save the jokes for Henny Youngman
Public speakers often like to try and break the ice with a joke, have
you ever noticed that? Have you also noticed that the jokes are usually
bad? These people have professional speech writers working for them.
You do not. Unless you are truly a funny person (your name is Robin
Williams, for example), steer clear of the jokes. If you do have to
make jokes during your wedding speech, try to make them appropriate
for the occasion. Jokes about weddings in general or the people in attendance
will always work better than jokes of the “a guy walks into a bar” variety.
Also remember that jokes at the groom’s expense are funny while those
at the bride’s expense are not. That’s just the way it is.
People get all warm, fuzzy, and gushy at weddings. Sharing sentimental
stories about the couple and how in love they are, about your own wedding,
or any other appropriately smarmy topic will have them eating out of
your hand. Make the focus of your wedding speech the subject of love
and roses and good feelings and puppies and you can’t go wrong.
This Day is Not About You
This is perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind when preparing
and making a wedding speech. No matter how popular you are, no one is
there to see you. The wedding day is all about the bride and groom.
This is their day in the sun, so to speak. Keep your stories and anecdotes
focused on the happy couple so that they can stay that way while you
Keeping these topics in mind will help you be successful when making
a wedding speech. With the right ideas and a minimal amount of preparation,
even the most tongue tangled individual can come off like The Great
Orator at least for five minutes or so when speaking at a wedding.
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