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.

Groom's wedding speech

A Groom SHOULD:

  • Thank their guests for attending, particularly those who have travelled from far and wide
  • Mention any special guests (i.e. elderly relatives)
  • Thank their new in-laws (particularly if they are hosting the wedding)
  • Mention their own parents – this is an opportunity to thank them for all those years of help and support
  • Talk about the bride, in a way that balances warmth with a little bit of humour
  • Introduce the best man
  • Finish with a toast to the bridesmaids

A Groom SHOULD NOT:

  • Spend more time building up the best man than the bride
  • Waste too much time thanking people who’ve been paid to do a job (e.g. caterers or planners)
  • List so many ‘thank yous‘ that the speech resembles a school register
  • Talk for too long. Generally I recommend 10 minutes as an optimum speaking time
  • Forget this is a celebration of love, not an opportunity for a 10 minute comedy stand up routine

A Groom MIGHT ALSO Want to Mention:

  • Any friends or family who have made huge efforts in organising the day
  • The flower girls and pageboys
  • Those who are not able to be there on the day
  • The ushers
  • A relative/close friend who has been a particular source of strength to the groom over the years
  • The Vicar/Priest/Rabbi or whoever conducts the ceremony

The balance between sincerity and humour is a difficult one for the groom. The hardest task is to fit so much into your groom’s wedding speech in such a short space of time. The ultimate objective is to weave all these together in an original, memorable way.

Guest post by Lawrence Bernstein of Great Speech Writing

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