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10 Tips for Great Wedding Speeches

Love them or not, speeches play an important role in a wedding of any size.

As the couple getting married…

  1. Give your speaker(s) at least 2 months notice, if possible.

  2. Ask the guest/parent/friend/sibling if they would like to speak.
    Keep in mind that some people are not comfortable public speaking no matter how much you mean to them.

  3. Share this blog with your speakers!

Photography by  A Brit and a Blonde  Florals by  Lena’s Floral Design  Tent and rentals by  Special Event Rentals

Photography by A Brit and a Blonde
Florals by Lena’s Floral Design
Tent and rentals by Special Event Rentals

Open Mic Speeches

*WARNING* I’m not saying you shouldn’t have an open mic for speeches, however you must consider the crowd and weigh out the risks and possible consequences. Ultimately, you have no control over what that person might say and how clear their judgement might be. An open mic speech hasn't been thoughtfully prepared and the guest will not have read this article to have learned all these super tips!

And if you can rap your speech while your brother beatboxes, you absolutely should! #crushedit #impressed  Photography by  Gerard Devine  Celebrating at  Eglinton Grand

And if you can rap your speech while your brother beatboxes, you absolutely should! #crushedit #impressed

Photography by Gerard Devine
Celebrating at Eglinton Grand

Speech Writing

  1. Keep speeches to a maximum of 5 minutes long. My experience suggests keeping it to 2-3 minutes.

  2. If you are the first one to speak on your “side”, take a moment to welcome and thank the other partner’s family and friends

  3. Do not mention ex’s or past relationships

  4. This is not the time to talk about that awkward thing that happened at prom 17 years ago!

  5. Stick to one or two inside jokes

  6. Speak from your heart

  7. Share your speech with the wedding planner so they can have a back-up copy!

They’ve come such a long way!  Photography by  Steve Sager  Celebrating at  District 28

They’ve come such a long way!
Photography by Steve Sager
Celebrating at District 28