10 Essential Tips For Pulling Off The Ultimate Groom’s Speech
Ladies, this is definitely one for the grooms! If you’re fretting over writing and performing your groom’s speech for the big day, luckily for you, we’re here to save the day! So grab a notepad and listen up, as we’ve got 10 essential tips that will help you pull off the ULTIMATE groom’s speech…
1. Traditionally, you’ll follow on from the Father of the Bride’s speech so make sure you thank the parents, and agree with anything the FOB has said. For instance, if the FOB has mentioned how beautiful the day has been you can say, “I would like to agree with [INSERT NAME] about what a magical day it has been.” This will help the speeches to flow together.
2. Speeches are usually held after the wedding breakfast, but if you’d rather skip the tradition and hold the speeches before the meal, you can! This means you can enjoy your wedding food without any of the nerves, and we’re sure you’ll be talking non-stop about how great the speeches were! In fact, it’s your day so you can start the speeches whenever you want. If you’re a self-confessed rule breaker, take a look at the 8 wedding traditions you can ignore!
3. Make sure your speech doesn’t exceed ten minutes in length – you want to capture and engage your guests for the duration, and if your speech goes on for too long people may start to get distracted.
4. Cue cards are absolutely key when it comes to wedding speeches! Having a selection of cue cards with a couple of notes on will help to guide you through the speech seamlessly. They’re much easier than writing out the speech in a full word document, and it means if you momentarily forget the next part you can simply glance down quickly. Cue cards also mean you can make eye contact with your guests, rather than looking down and reading the whole time. The result? A top notch speech that will impress everyone!
5. When it comes to content for your wedding speech, we suggest being funny but not embarrassing! Include fond stories that will make your bride and guests laugh, but not stories or jokes that are better left unsaid.
6. If you’re stuck for ideas for your speech, why not recall the story of how you met? It doesn’t matter how simple, elaborate or exciting it is, it’ll be incredibly special..
7. You could ask close friends and family about their favourite anecdotes of your beautiful bride-to-be. It’ll bring back wonderful memories and it’s a lovely chance for you to bond with the bride’s family.
8. It goes without saying, your speech is your chance to admire how incredible your new wife looks!
9. Plan, write, practise and repeat. Start writing your groom’s speech a couple of months before the big day so you’ve got a chance to rewrite it and rehearse it. Writing it the night before the wedding will not only be super stressful for you, it’ll probably be obvious and you’ll only regret it.
10. Last but not least, enjoy it! This is the perfect opportunity to lap up the limelight and admire your gorgeous bride so make the most of it. Be genuine, heartfelt and you’re bound to win everyone over with your incredible speech…
So now that you’re bursting with romantic ideas for your groom’s speech, don’t forget to have a nosey at our real weddings over on the blog…
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