This guide to wedding toasts looks at who traditionally toasts who at the end of each wedding speech, with alternatives and tips on delivering your toast.
Very few people actually look forward to giving a wedding speech, but like it or not the wedding speeches are a tradition that's not going to go away any time soon. Our wedding speech tips will at least help you to make sure you are well prepared, with lots of advice on writing and delivering a memorable wedding speech, whether you're the groom, best man, father of the bride, or even the bride herself.
5 Wedding Speech Ideas Which Break with Tradition
If the demands of a wedding speech fill you with anxiety, some of these ideas which break with wedding speech tradition may help to calm any nerves.
Gay Wedding Speeches
Although there’s no big difference in how to approach gay wedding speeches, that doesn’t mean the rest is easy.
Your Wedding Speech – Knock ‘Em Dead
If you’re nervous about your wedding speech, here are some tips to help you deal with your moment in the spotlight.
Reducing Wedding Speech Stress
Having to write a wedding speech may leave you feeling stressed – you want your speech to be remembered for all the right reasons!
10 Key Wedding Speech Tips
Top tips to help best men, grooms and fathers-of-the-brides get started with their wedding speech.
Mother of the Bride Speech Tips
These tips will help you give a memorable mother of the bride speech. How you apply them will depend on your reason for speaking in the first place.
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.
Early Wedding Speech Preparation Tips
The worst speeches are written in a rush. Start your wedding speech preparation early to maximise your chances of hitting the ground running on the day itself.
Writing a Joint Best Man Speech
Having two best men doesn’t necessarily make the speech any easier. Here’s how to make your joint best man speech one to remember for all the right reasons.
Readings and Poems for a Civil Partnership
One of the most significant ways of personalising your civil partnership is to include a poem or reading by one of your family members or guests.
Best Man Speech Tips
These best man speech tips will ensure you have the entire reception laughing hysterically, help you embarrass the groom, and impress those single bridesmaids.
A Bride Speech – Why You May Want to Speak and How Best to Do It
Are you a bride pondering whether to speak at your own wedding? We look at the reasons why you might want to give a bride speech at your wedding, and how best to do it.
Wedding Readings for Children
One way to involve kids in your wedding is to ask them to do a reading. Here are some ideas for religious and non-religious wedding readings for children.
Civil Partnership Speeches
With civil partnership speeches it’s up to you and your partner to decide if one or both of you will speak, and the order of the speeches.
Father of the Bride Speech Tips
These tips should help you create a cracking father of the bride speech and ensure you have a proud and happy daughter at the end of it.
How to Write a Funny Best Man Speech
Here are some tips on how to write a funny best man speech that is still sincere and won’t offend your audience.
How to Get the Right Response to Your Groom Speech
If you’re a groom there are some quick ways to guarantee positive feedback from your groom speech, whether it’s sighs, laughs or rapturous applause!
Should You Use a Professional Wedding Speech Writer?
If you’re having difficulty writing your wedding speech, have you thought about using a professional wedding speech writer to help you?
The Importance of Brevity in Your Wedding Speech
The secret of a concise wedding speech is brevity. The use of short, sharp, punchy sound bites to make your point in a crisp, memorable way.
Making Your Wedding Speech Original
There’s no formula for an original wedding speech. But combine a relevant approach with an original way of communicating the message and you are on track.
Keeping Your Wedding Speech Relevant
If a wedding speech isn’t relevant it is highly likely to fail; audiences have short attention spans. You need to engage their interest from the start.
The Role of the Master of Ceremonies
The role of Master of Ceremonies at a wedding is simple. It requires you to make a few announcements loudly and clearly as the day progresses.
How to Please Your Bride with Your Groom Speech
A few tips on what you should and shouldn’t say in order to please your bride with your groom’s speech.
Preparing for the Unexpected During Your Wedding Speech
Some unexpected issues you might encounter during your wedding speech, and how to deal with them.
How to Deliver a Wedding Speech with Confidence and Authority
It is not unusual to feel vulnerable about standing up to speak. Here are eight tips to help you deliver your wedding speech with confidence and authority.
Who to Thank in Your Wedding Speech
Every speaker at a wedding will have people to thank, but who should the father of the bride, groom and best man thank in their wedding speeches?
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.
The Groom’s Wedding Speech – Dos and Don’ts
When it comes to your groom’s wedding speech you will want to know what you are expected to say. Here are some dos and don’ts.
Should You Try to Memorise a Wedding Speech?
Should you try to memorise a whole wedding speech, use notes or bullet points, or take a full written version of your speech with you?