Wedding speeches: Mom or Grandma? Make a speech that wows them

Mothers and other “older” female relatives are in an envious position when wedding speeches are called for, if only because you can get away with being funny, romantic, sentimental or even downright soppy.

Wedding speeches: Mom or Grandma? Make a speech that wows them

The fact that many mothers of the bride/groom or even grandmothers of the bride/groom are not only doting mumsies but also chief executives, entrepreneurs, politicians, charity fundraisers, or any one of hundreds of other such un-soppy activities, escapes most wedding audiences entirely…

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How to make a great groom’s wedding speech

In some ways the groom has the easiest wedding speech of all – even easier than the father-of-the-bride speaker – despite the fact that he may have not slept for three nights beforehand worrying about it.

How to make a great groom's wedding speech

What about the main reason why you’re here?

Traditionally his role is to thank the father of the bride (or whoever has given this particular speech) for his kind words and to thank everyone responsible for organizing – and where appropriate, paying for – this amazing wedding.

He also thanks the other guests for turning up and for their generous gifts.

(No jokes about 18 toasters here; it could cause hurt feelings.)

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How to give a great wedding speech – 10 Quick Tips

If you read my recent article on how to deliver a great speech, you’ll know that it was the first in a series warming us up for the upcoming wedding season. Later on I’ll be going into each of the main traditional speeches, but for now, here are some general tips specific to wedding speeches, to get you in the mood.

How to give a great wedding speech - 10 Quick Tips1. The hardest part of giving a wedding speech is the anticipation of it.
As long as you have mapped out in your mind what you want to say, and if necessary have a crib sheet or some cue cards to refer to, once you get started the jitters disappear. Some people say that it’s good to get slightly nervous before you start giving your wedding speech because the rise in your adrenaline levels puts you in peak form to perform. [Read more…]

How to deliver a great speech

How to deliver a great speech

If you’re standing at a lectern, put your notes down on it and set your hands in a relaxed way on either side of the top part.

With the wedding and other celebration seasons coming up – as well as kick-off season for many businesses whose financial year starts soon – it’s time to polish up our techniques ready to get up and deliver a great speech, whatever the occasion. Here are some further tips to add to the HTWB collection of speechwriting and presenting articles.

I have worked with professional, amateur and social speakers extensively over the last, well, I won’t admit how many years! And over that time I have learned not just how to write for them but also how to help them develop their presentation and delivery performances. [Read more…]

Help! I’m giving a speech at my Dad’s wedding: what do I say?

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My widowed Dad is finally getting married again to a really nice lady and they’ve asked me to give a speech at their wedding next month. What on earth can I say? I’m stuck for words!

Karen from Toronto

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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.

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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…]

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