Best Men, Bridesmaids, and even Parents of the Bride or Groom… it’s time to deliver a wedding speech! We all know what makes a terrible wedding speech.. not practicing or rehearsing your speech i.e. trying to 'wing it', referencing personal jokes that no one else understands and talking about topics the bridge or groom have specifically asked you NOT to talk about. But what makes a good wedding speech? Here is some practical advice to help ensure you nail your speech, even if you're feeling particularly nervous!
1. Bring Notes
Have a perfectly written speech ready for the big day? Be sure to turn your speech into handy cue cards. Cue cards will help jog your memory if you get distracted or nervous and keep you on track!
2. Use The Mic
Now, this piece of advice depends heavily on the size of the room and the number of guests you are speaking in front of, but if you are speaking in a wide, open room in front of a large number of guests having a microphone can really help take the pressure off.
3. Practice Makes Perfect
Make sure to write your speech ahead of time (not the night before, or the morning of, and do not attempt to 'wing it'!). Writing your speech in advance of the big day ensures you give yourself enough time to practice.
4. End With A Toast
It's a good idea to plan on ending your speech with a toast to the bride and groom, after all, you're there to celebrate their big day...right? Saying “to the happy couple” while raising your glass is a strong way to end your speech!
5. Record A Video
Been asked to deliver a speech but public speaking isn't really your thing? Consider making a video instead! Delivering your speech in the form of a wedding video gives the bride and groom something they can rewatch for years to come!