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…]

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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Get ready for the wedding speech season…

It won’t be long now until the first rash of spring weddings springs itself upon us. If you are any one of the following, there’s plenty of help here on HTWB to make sure your speech is just what you want to make your day even more special.

Get ready for the wedding speech season...

Do you have a wedding coming up this year? Will you be making a speech? Here’s some help to get that organised now, so you don’t need to worry about it nearer the time…

Here on HTWB you’ll find help to put your speech together if you’re…

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How to make a great father of the bride wedding speech

Traditionally the father of the bride speech is the first in the series of wedding speeches. (See here and here for two preliminary articles you’ll find useful.)

How to give a great father of the bride speech

Elizabeth Taylor and Spencer Tracy in the classic 1950 movie, “Father of the Bride.”

He gets up and talks about the bride – usually makes her squirm with embarrassment with anecdotes of her aged 5 with her teddy bears and dolls!

He welcomes the guests to the wedding and the groom and his family into his own. He will also thank people for their efforts in the wedding preparations (especially the bride’s mother, if appropriate) and mention special guests who can’t be present.

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

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How to write wedding vows

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A day to remember forever, with
wedding vows you’ve written yourselves

Writing your own wedding vows is becoming more and more important now that increasing number of both gay and straight couples are choosing the less traditional approaches to both religious and civil marriages. 

I was delighted to discover recently that one of my lovely Blog Writing News subscribers, Nadine Amore, is a non-denominational Minister and Wedding Officiant based in Ohio, USA. So I asked her to share her advice with us here … [Read more…]

Help! I’ve got to give a short speech at my company’s Holidays do and I’m no extrovert…

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As a senior manager at my company I’ve been asked to say a few words at our Holidays party on behalf of “the workers…” I know what basic things I should say but hell – it’s the Holidays, so I know I should lighten up a bit. But that will be hard for me as I’m not what you’d
call a “showman.” What do you recommend?

Aaron from San Diego [Read more…]

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