How to write speeches for a same-sex wedding

Having written quite a lot about speeches for almost everyone in “conventional” weddings, I have been asked many times for some tips on writing speeches for same-sex weddings.

wedding speeches at same-sex weddings

If you are making a speech at a same-sex wedding the most important homework you can do is to research your audience very carefully

At first glance that may seem a reasonable question. But having attended a number of same-sex weddings as well as bi-sex weddings, I find that one fact springs up at me time and time again, like the handle of a rake I just stepped on.

That is, what the hell difference is there? Weddings are about two people who love each other who want to formalise their relationship and share that with their families and friends. End of. Did I miss something here?

Anyway still, in some social circles, we’re expected to regard same-sex weddings as, er, different … until such time as everyone gets on with the fact that they’re not. It’s true to say that such things are changed for the better via evolution, not revolution. [Read more…]

Wedding speeches for everyone – yes, really!

The recent spell of warm, sunny weather in the UK has got us all thinking about Spring and for many couples, the upcoming wedding season.

(That spell of warm weather has also made the trees and bushes burst into flower which although beautiful, has had many tree pollen allergics like me coughing and sneezing and groping for the Piriton. Hay fever, unlike weddings, is NOT romantic.)

Spring is time to think about wiedding speeches

If you’re giving a speech at a wedding this year, now’s the time to start thinking about it – with my help

Tree pollen or not, it won’t be long now until spring weddings begin to unfold and if you have a role as any of the following officials, I have plenty of help right here for you to get you thinking along the right lines and inspire you with humour and love, so you can create the wedding speech of a lifetime.

Whatever your role in the wedding, there’s speech help for you here

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Apostrophes: a potty-mouthed poem about their misuse

This is pretty horrible, but should wake up apostrophe abusers a lot more than the weedy articles we see politely explaining how to use the poor little things.

how to suse apostrophes

Do not fool with this small tool…

Apostrophe fascists around the (English speaking) world take note: share the following poem if you dare. Your readers may find it offensive but with luck it will get the message over.

A Poem For Apostrophe Dickheads

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To blog or not to blog: that’s the silly question

If I had a dollar, pound or euro for every time someone says either “blogging’s dead” or “blogging’s back” I could buy myself that drooly-gorgeous Louis Vuitton handbag I’ve been lusting after for years. Plus a new car.

Blogging is still alive

The popularity of text-based blogging continues to yo-yo. How do you feel about it?

This whole blogging issue has been in yo-yo mode for more years than I can remember. Each time I look at my beloved book, How To Write Brilliant Business Blogs, (more bragging about that below) I think, hmmm. Should I update it? It was published in 2014. But has much changed? No. It’s still “in-date,” like my delicious quince jelly that I made five years ago and is still perfect.

Some popular myths about blogging

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Why writing capital Letters for the Wrong words makes them (and you) look Stupid

Are you one of the increasing number of people who think that all you need to make a word more important is to give it a capital letter?

Misuse-of-capital-letters

Very nice – but don’t overuse!

As my business partner (an ex-Oxford University publisher/editor/author) would say, “why capitalise your status as a Bricklayer? Does that really make it seem more important than bricklayer?”

Capital letters: after apostrophes, the most commonly abused characters in writing

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Snotty words and phrases: why you mustn’t write them

Do you ever write snotty (i.e. pompous, patronising, condescending) words or phrases … I hope, by accident?

Pompous language

Meet the Snotties.

It’s alarmingly easy to write stuff you think is precise and correct, only to find that as far as your target audience is concerned you come across as a pretentious old/young goat.

Who, moi? My writing is pompous, snotty and stuffy?

Could be. [Read more…]

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