Weddings – it’s official. Women’s speeches are IN!

Society eyebrows were raised in many well-heeled quarters a few weeks ago when Meghan Markle let it be known that she was going to make a speech at her wedding to the UK’s very eligible bachelor, Prince Harry.

Weddings: it's official - women's speeches are IN

In the modern world of the 21st century, women have been making wedding speeches for many years. But a High Five to Meghan Markle who, we’re told, intends to make a speech at her upcoming wedding to the UK’s Prince Harry in May 2018 despite this being a break in royal protocol…

“Meghan Markle will be doing things differently from those who wed at Windsor Castle before her, with reports that she is planning on breaking tradition by giving her own speech,” wrote Rose Burke in The Independent, Jan 29th 2018. “As an advocate for women, it shouldn’t be too surprising that Markle plans on ditching the tradition. In a not-so-distant past, women were considered to be little more than property worth about as much as a few cows and a small patch of grass. Owned by their fathers from birth, girls would eventually be married off to the highest bidder.” [Read more…]

Due to make a wedding speech soon? Don’t get caught with your pants down

Are you due to make a speech at a wedding soon? You may not have noticed, but the wedding season in the northern hemisphere is taking off big-time. The wedding where you’re speaking may be just around the corner…

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Due to make a speech at a wedding this summer? Don’t get caught at the last minute with your pants down…

So: have you thought about your speech yet? What you’re going to say? What – depending on your role in the wedding party – you are supposed to say? No?

OK, here is a quick reminder based on what I wrote last year – suitably updated – to help you folks get your wedding speech safeguards in place … even at the last minute! [Read more…]

Wedding season special: how to make a great speech

We’re coming up to the busiest and most romantic time of the year here in the northern hemisphere … the wedding season. If you will be giving a speech at a wedding this year you’ll find this handy guide very helpful … 12 articles packed with tips and inspiration for you. And in addition to the traditional speech-making roles we have some ideas for other family members and friends who want to get up and “say a few words.” Enjoy!

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Giving a speech at a wedding this year? Here is some handy help for everyone…

Help with your wedding speech – whoever you are

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Wedding speech season: some last minute help for your speech!

We’re right in the middle of the wedding season in the northern hemisphere and if you’re like many people, even though you know you are due to make a speech you haven’t got around to writing it yet! Never mind – there’s plenty of help here on HTWB.

Wedding speech season: some last minute help for your speech!

Has that wedding speech you’re doing crept up on you? Is it next weekend, or even tomorrow? No worries – here’s some help to get it done right now…

And not just for the traditional roles, either…

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Wedding speeches: help! The dog ate my notes and the wedding is today…

If your dog or someone else’s devours your wedding speech notes, what the hell do you do at the last minute? Panicking won’t help, but this article will. Read on, and relax.

Last minute wedding speeches for everyone

Doesn’t look like a speech-notes eater, does she? But don’t be fooled … and anyway here’s what to do if she does.

You may laugh, but dogs do eat notes: I have four furbabies who gobble paper at astronomic speed. In their youth they have been known to eat anything from my own speeches and talks scripts to various articles of my clothing, especially shoes. In fact if ever I am missing a shoe all I need do is walk down the garden to a certain spot where my Gordon Setter (see photo) has a favourite den and hey presto, there it is. Chewed to smithereens.

However, back to business. It’s the morning of the wedding … [Read more…]

10 tips for women to make great wedding speeches

More and more these days, we’re breaking away from the traditional all-male line-up of speech makers and women are making wedding speeches, too.

10 tips for women to make great wedding speeches

No women would have spoken at this US wedding nearly 100 years ago … but times have changed.

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

If you’re due to give a wedding speech soon, ladies, here are some tips you’ll find very helpful…

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