Wedding speeches: need to give one? Here’s some help!

No matter how many etiquette books and speech guides (even mine!) you might read, once you’re up close and personal to a wedding date and you’re due to give a speech, you need some basic, down-to-earth advice on what’s required. So, here it is.

For a list of ALL our articles on wedding speeches for everyone from groom to granny, click here.

Who says what, and when?

To a certain extent this depends on a) if your wedding is a religious one and if so what the traditions are for your religion and culture, and also b) what your personal preferences are. However let’s assume you want more or less to follow current Western culture and schedule the speeches accordingly. Here’s how it goes in the old-fashioned way, and in this order… [Read more…]

Weddings: the “best man’s” speech – by a woman

Here we take another look at how a woman can replace a man in a traditional wedding speech – in this case, the best man! There’s no reason in the world why you can’t have a “best woman” at your wedding instead. But when it comes to the speech you need to make minor adjustments to the traditional content…

Let’s start by breaking down the elements of the traditional “best man” speech:

  • Thanks the bridegroom for his speech
  • (Thanks) on behalf of the bridal attendants – for his toast
  • Talks about the groom
  • …and his relationship with him
  • Reads out any emails and cards that have accumulated
  • …ends by proposing a toast to the bride and groom

Now, should the “best woman” follow exactly, or not?

For a list of ALL our articles on wedding speeches for everyone from groom to granny, click here.

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