Written by: Esri Cronje | Bruidsgids
Writing a wedding speech can be an intimidating task for everyone. Luckily, at a wedding ceremony, the guests are joyous and relaxed with all the happenings of the special occasion. All the speaker needs to do is express his/her happiness about the couple in the most sincere and genuine way possible while keeping a blissful atmosphere.
The following toasts are traditional:
- Welcome Toast on the Newly-wed Couple
- Bride and groom
- And most important of all is the groom’s speech to his beautiful bride.
However, there is a trend arising where the bride and maid of honour give speeches as well. Open speeches are also becoming apparent at weddings where an open microphone session is included for friends and family to participate in saying a few words about the newlyweds.
Here are a few guidelines on writing a wedding speech and tips on keeping the guests entertained:
- Timing is key. The speeches should not be longer than 15 minutes, otherwise you will most likely lose the audience’s attention. The speaker should only stick to the relevant stories of the lovely couple. The shorter the sweeter!
- Practice the speech. The saying practice makes perfect comes into play here; the speaker must ensure he or she knows the content of the speech and have a few back-up stories when nerves take over.
- Focus on confidence. The speaker should keep the focus on being audible and having a comfortable body language that intrigues the audience. Pausing and taking a breath is also another important tip the speaker should keep in mind.
- Add humour to the speech. When telling a humorous anecdote remember to keep the audience in mind. Stay away from untasteful jokes.
- Stick to a structured speech. Ensure the speech consists of an introduction, body, and conclusion.
- Inspiration can be found in various ways. Depending on what speech, the speaker is responsible for, and do research on what is important when writing a speech to make it truly special.
What to include in the speech:
- Mention how you know the bride or groom and thank all the guests for attending the wedding ceremony and reception.
- As wedding speeches are an honour, make it personal to the bride and groom for an emotional touch.
- Propose a toast to the newlyweds and wish them a blissful future.
When giving a speech, remember to inspire the newlyweds with words of wisdom and advise on what life in marriage has to offer!