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Let Me Clear My Throat… Top Tips For Your Wedding Day Speeches

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{Speeches} Love them or hate them, they are undeniably a huge part of a wedding day. Whether it’s a touching speech by the proud father of the bride, a sentimental anecdote by the groom or a cheeky, laugh out loud dose of hilarity from the best man, most guests enjoy taking their seat and listening intently to the stories told by the wedding party.

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So, it comes as no surprise that those given the responsibility of a speech (usually the father of the bride, groom & best man, sometimes the bride)  like to make the most of the opportunity and deliver something which not only engages the guests but touches them, makes them laugh and keeps them entertained. The pressure is on.

Those brimming with confidence and poise can deliver a speech without very much preparation at all. Their casual, laid back nature and witty personality help them to tell stories and tales in such a way that the guests become swept away with the emotion of it all. Those less confident, more nervous and apprehensive can find a speech a very daunting task, an element of the day which they put so much focus on, they begin to dread.

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So, for those who find public speaking a rather terrifying prospect, here are a few words of wisdom from previous brides, grooms, best men and wedding industry experts to help tackle those wedding speech jitters …

♥ Be prepared. Write notes, think of what you want to say far in advance and practise the speech over and over

♥ Always have a drink of water with you

♥ Props, videos, pictures and slideshows are a great way to get your feelings and stories across without the constant sound of your own voice

♥ Avoid Google – You are never going to find original material on the internet and a personal speech is an original one

♥ Get Feedback; Rehearse to someone you know will give you an honest opinion

♥ Less is more. It’s much better leaving the guests wanting more than seeing them yawning and checking their mobile phone

Enjoy it! It’s an honour to be able to speak at such a memorable occasion and something you will remember forever so deep breath, clear your throat and have fun!

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