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Rehearsal dinner speeches are not dry runs for wedding speeches

Rehearsal dinner speeches are not dry runs for wedding speeches. They are a more intimate expression of your feelings before a wedding. Generally speaking those present are close families and friends. A rehearsal dinner is sometimes the first occasion the two families meet and the atmosphere is more relaxed than on the big day itself where wedding nerves...
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These days the best man might be a best buddy instead

These days the best man might be a best buddy instead and her wedding speech should reflect that fact. More and more men are choosing as their attendant at their weddings a girl or woman who has been a good friend over the years. Their relationship is obviously different to that of a brother or a male friend. So a best buddy’s speech should refer...
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Every bride does not have a father

Every bride does not have a father. Often someone else will give a wedding speech or toast instead. It may be a brother, an uncle or an old family friend. Obviously then the speech will be slightly different to that of a father. It should reflect the relationship in question. A brother will probably tell more funny tales about their growing years than...
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A step-father is also entitled to speak at wedding

Traditionally a wedding speech or toast is given by the father of the bride. Weddings today, though are often not traditional affairs and every couple does not have that nuclear family of yesteryear. The bride and groom though, still deserve to be toasted and to hear a speech in their honour. With divorces so common it is often the step-father of the...
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What not to say in a wedding speech

There is plenty of advice about what to say in a wedding but very little about what not to say. Yet there are some things speakers should remember. It is usually a family occasion and the speech should be simple enough to be understood by younger members of the family who are present. It is critical that funny isn’t blue. Don’t tell a dirty story....
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A wedding speech needs preparation and practise

A wedding speech needs preparation and practise. So start with the following questions. Where did the couple meet? Was the proposal especially romantic or in some wonderful place? What are the hobbies and interests of the bride and groom? What are their family backgrounds i.e. how many brothers and sisters and any special connection with any of them? What...
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Being a best man does not mean being a comedian

Being a best man does not mean being a comedian. Yet many best men try when giving a wedding speeches. They forget that a good comedian spends years training and has impeccable timing. That is not to say that a best man’s speech should not be light-hearted. It should because, after all, his speech is usually regarded as after wedding breakfast entertainment....
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The father of the bride gets off lightly

The father of the bride gets off lightly. After all it is usually his womenfolk who make all the arrangements for the wedding.  So generally speaking all he has to do is to walk up the aisle, hand over his daughter and be a genial host. It doesn’t matter how accustomed to public speaking they are many men quake at the thought of giving a speech on...
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Father of the groom speech example

Title of clergyman, (if applicable), Ladies and Gentlemen. Greater love hath no man for his son than to get up in public and give a speech. However, I could not let Mary's father have all the glory now could I? Today is a very special day in our lives. Where there is any wedding there is a lot of fuss and bother. This one was no exception. Where there...
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Christmas weddings are special

Christmas weddings are special. Naturally all weddings are special but a Christmas wedding has a unique atmosphere about it. It has a special ambiance and your speech should reflect that fact. You might want to mention that Santa has brought the couple the gifts of love and fidelity. You could say that there is a warm glow in their hearts despite the...
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