How to Overcome Wedding Speech Nerves

How to Overcome Wedding Speech Nerves

Weddings are a time for joy and happy tears, but they can also be a little stressful. Even if you’re not the one standing at the alter taking vows, you’re part of the process, standing by your friend’s side on their special day. After the wedding...
5 Wedding Speech Ideas Which Break with Tradition

5 Wedding Speech Ideas Which Break with Tradition

The demands of a wedding speech come with the expectation of effortlessly delivering a balance of sentimental and humorous anecdotes. But if you’re not a natural orator, the responsibility and thought of delivering a wedding speech might fill you with anxiety....
Gay Wedding Speeches

Gay Wedding Speeches

Equal marriage is a hard won right, and since the Equal Marriage Bill was passed in 2013 we’ve had nervous speakers with a new type of anxiety. Namely, how to approach gay wedding speeches. Fortunately, the answer could not be simpler. A wedding speech is a...
Your Wedding Speech – Knock ‘Em Dead

Your Wedding Speech – Knock ‘Em Dead

Well, here it is, the big day. The time has come for you to stand in front of invited guests and pronounce your love. All eyes are on you, as your look at a room full of people who took time out of their lives to make sure they were in attendance. Your new spouse, the...
Reducing Wedding Speech Stress

Reducing Wedding Speech Stress

The speeches are the one aspect of a wedding that usually brings about panic. Your wedding is coming up in two weeks and you are having to write a speech for the most important day of your life. Maybe you are even starting to have sleepless nights thinking about what...
Getting to Know – The Wedding Speech Expert

Getting to Know – The Wedding Speech Expert

Interview with: Carole Spiers Company Name: The Wedding Speech Expert Location: North London What does The Wedding Speech Expert do? We write memorable, sensitive wedding speeches that the celebrants will listen to again, in future years, with pride and a smile. A...
10 Key Wedding Speech Tips

10 Key Wedding Speech Tips

Summer is here, and the wedding season is upon us. Brides are perfecting their hair, guests are agonising over outfits, caterers are preparing exciting menus; it’s all go, go, go. But there are a few members of the wedding party who are wishing it was all over....
Mother of the Bride Speech Tips

Mother of the Bride Speech Tips

I can give you lots of advice on how to give a memorable mother of the bride speech, but how you apply this will very much depend on your reason for speaking in the first place. All these scenarios require different approaches and very different speeches. Once the...
Using Slides in a Wedding Speech

Using Slides in a Wedding Speech

Slides are a bit like a drug. Prescribed correctly and in small doses they can work miracles. Abused and, at best, they induce narcolepsy. They are also addictive (usually in the lethal PowerPoint form), and over-used by businesses, presenters and indeed grooms, best...
Early Wedding Speech Preparation Tips

Early Wedding Speech Preparation Tips

Some people don’t think about writing their groom, best man or father of the bride speech until a few weeks, or even days, before the big event. I would never knock the luxury of giving yourself ample wedding speech preparation time. Having plenty of time to...
Writing a Joint Best Man Speech

Writing a Joint Best Man Speech

Having two best men doesn’t necessarily make the best man speech any easier. There are two opinions, two personalities (or egos!), and far more expectation from the groom and guests for a witty and memorable speech. Here are some tips for making your joint best...
Best Man Speech Tips

Best Man Speech Tips

Let’s face it, the best man speech is a nightmare. Not only do you have to stand up and speak in front of four generations of friends and relations from two families, you’re then expected to be as dashing as Hugh Grant in Four Weddings, and as funny as...
Getting to Know – Great Speech Writing

Getting to Know – Great Speech Writing

Interview with: Lawrence Bernstein Company Name: Great Speech Writing Location: London What does Great Speech Writing do? Great Speech Writing provides speeches and presentations for weddings, international conferences, high-profile events, think tanks, dinners and a...
Civil Partnership Speeches

Civil Partnership Speeches

At traditional wedding receptions the speeches and toasts generally take place after guests have finished their meal and before the cutting of the cake. The bride rarely makes a speech, but with civil partnerships it will be up to you and your partner to decide if one...
Father of the Bride Speech Tips

Father of the Bride Speech Tips

So your daughter is about to flee the nest. The date is set and the venue booked. You’ve been tapped for a hefty contribution towards the planning of the day. You’re keeping lips sealed about the cost of roses versus peonies, Champagne versus Prosecco,...
How to Write a Funny Best Man Speech

How to Write a Funny Best Man Speech

One of the most common questions I’m asked is what proportion of a best man speech should be funny and what proportion sincere. The answer depends very much on the individual, but I generally advise a 60/40 balance in favour of a funny best man speech. Although...
The Importance of Brevity in Your Wedding Speech

The Importance of Brevity in Your Wedding Speech

There is nothing worse than a groom or father of the bride who takes two minutes to introduce himself and then uses long, winding sentences like this one to make a point they could have made much more clearly in far less time and using far fewer words. The secret is...
Making Your Wedding Speech Original

Making Your Wedding Speech Original

My previous article focused on the importance of making your wedding speech relevant. Being relevant will help you convince your wedding guests to listen for a while, but it isn’t enough on its own to hook them in. So, once you have decided what the main theme...
Keeping Your Wedding Speech Relevant

Keeping Your Wedding Speech Relevant

Emperors in the Colosseum would signal the fate of a gladiator with the lifting of a thumb, and not much has changed. This is the age of mobile technology, and there is nothing worse than looking up after a minute of your wedding speech to see one of the guests...
The Role of the Master of Ceremonies

The Role of the Master of Ceremonies

Wedding receptions often have a Master of Ceremonies (MC) to keep the day running smoothly. This role is sometimes handed to the best man, or another close friend of the groom. The role of MC is simple. It requires you to make a few announcements loudly and clearly as...
How to Please Your Bride with Your Groom Speech

How to Please Your Bride with Your Groom Speech

The date is set, the venue booked, invitations are out, the stag weekend is in the diary; just the small matter of a groom speech still to write. You’re not worried, but why is your bride-to-be? Here are a few tips on how to please your bride with your groom...
Who to Thank in Your Wedding Speech

Who to Thank in Your Wedding Speech

It is no secret that every speaker at a wedding will have people to thank. I am regularly asked who the father of the bride, groom and best man should thank in their wedding speeches and how best to word the thank yous. The biggest issue in many cases is...
Getting Your Wedding Speech Introduction Right

Getting Your Wedding Speech Introduction Right

Whether you’re the groom, best man or father of the bride, the best way to conquer your nerves is with a strong and confident wedding speech introduction. This isn’t always easy, but there are a few tricks that can help you pull it off. Smile and Make...
The Groom’s Wedding Speech – Dos and Don’ts

The Groom’s Wedding Speech – Dos and Don’ts

Every speech requires a different approach and every speaker has a different style, but these tips are relevant to pretty much every groom’s wedding speech. I hope you find them useful. A Groom SHOULD: Thank their guests for attending, particularly those who...
Should You Try to Memorise a Wedding Speech?

Should You Try to Memorise a Wedding Speech?

Should you try to memorise your whole wedding speech, use notes or bullet points, or take a full written version of your speech with you? Should you print it onto cards, paper or something else – your hand, for instance? Here’s my advice… Stay Clear...
Your Wedding Speech – Putting Pen to Paper

Your Wedding Speech – Putting Pen to Paper

Whether preparing for a business presentation, wedding speech or fundraising event, many people know what they want to say, but just can’t get the words on the page. The important thing to remember at this formative stage is that the finished product needs to be...
The Great Speech Writing Guide – The Best Man

The Great Speech Writing Guide – The Best Man

About a month ago I a good friend of mine asked me to be his Best Man.¬† Of course, I felt honoured he asked. But one of my first thoughts was “I’m going to have to write a speech. AAARRRGGGHHH!” I have never been best man for anyone before, but I did...
How to Write a Last Minute Wedding Speech

How to Write a Last Minute Wedding Speech

Have you been putting off writing your wedding speech for months and you’ve just realised that the wedding is on Saturday? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. My phone regularly rings on a Thursday with requests to help write (or re-write) a speech for...