Whether you’re the groom or the best man, these tips will help you give the perfect wedding speech…
Make it personal
A great speech is one that only you could have written, including personal anecdotes. The odd joke is fine, but reeling off one-liners from the internet is impersonal and won’t go down well. It’s important to consider your audience and make sure any stories you tell are appropriate, and don’t include too many ‘in-jokes’ or you’ll risk making the audience feel a bit left out!
Less is more
Keeping things short and sweet is the best policy when it comes to giving a great speech. Five minutes should be the perfect amount of time to give a meaningful and funny speech, without boring everyone to tears! Time yourself at home during practise runs to ensure you’re making good time.
Practising your speech is important, but so is getting someone else’s opinion. Rehearse at least once with your most honest friend and take on board any comments.
No one remembers a great speech that was read, but everyone remembers the one that should have been! Cue cards are a great idea for jogging your memory and guiding you through your speech. Try and get a good balance between reading and interacting with the audience, making as much eye contact as possible.
Avoid the temptation to over-do it with the old dutch courage, and stick to one or two drinks maximum before your speech. Wait until after your speech before hitting the bar and then let the party begin!
Everyone wants you to succeed so try to relax and enjoy the experience.