If you’re reading this, chances are you are planning your speech as the Groom-to-be. God Speed to you Sir, you are about to embark upon an adventure of Columbus proportions. When you get the opportunity to stand up, mic and prompt cue cards in hand, gather your composure and speak to the entire wedding procession rest assured that you are only expected to make a brief stab at a speech so no need to stress. Just cover the basics and Robert’s your mother’s brother and Fanny’s your aunt. f you are adopting traditional wedding speech etiquette then the first batter up will be your new Father in-law; then it’s your time to shine followed by some squeaky bum time as the Best man gets to take a pop at the champ. Of the Groom’s speeches I have seen, the majority have been a brief five minute affair which are conveniently dissected into six key points below. You’ve got enough on your plate with the wedding preparations so get your Tablet or if you’re an elder statesman reach for the note pad and Parker Ball-point Pen and jot away.
1) Your opening line needs to set the tone. So if you’re going for a light-hearted humouress approach throw in a gag early doors. Such as “I was hoping to make a short speech and was just reminded by the Father of the Bride that this is a rare opportunity when my wife and my mother in-law are expected to sit in silence and not interrupt so I shall take my sweet time and make the most of it”.
2) Butter up the guests (after all they have played their part in refurbishing your home or they are paying for your honeymoon) welcome and thank them for playing their part on such an important day for you and your ball n chain.
3) Express your thanks to the ‘out-laws’ for not only contributing financially to the wedding; also for supporting you both through the planning of the wedding. Last and most certainly not least thank them for producing and raising the angel that is your beautiful Bride.
4) Time to add an affectionate nod to your parents for their contribution to the day, for raising you and for welcoming your missus into the family.
5) Share with the room how much you love your gorgeous wife; how grateful you are to have her in your life, pay homage to her amazing qualities and share how you’re looking forward to a happy and healthy future together.
6) Finally, thank the Ushers, Page Boy/Flower Girl and the Best man (perfect time to embarrass the Best man before he makes you squirm) and conclude with a toast to the beautiful Bridesmaids (you may need a little artistic license here).
In a nutshell
The wedding package as a whole can be ridiculously stressful if you let it get on top of you. In the words of the legendary Mr Van Wilder “Worrying is like sitting in a Rocking Chair. It gives you something to do but it gets you nowhere.” Be positive in the knowledge that you’ve made it. What’s an additional five minutes of reading aloud? The hard part’s done so enjoy the ‘End Zone Touchdown’ celebrations and prepare yourself for your roasting at the hands of the gent you have handpicked out of everybody you know to be your right hand man in your hour of need. To tackle any unwanted nerves see our speech de-stressor blog and live the dream. Go get em tiger.