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Wedding Speech Tips & Advice for the Bst Man, Groom, Father of the Bride & Others

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If you're after some insider wedding speech knowledge and know-how, check out the following list of top wedding speech tips:

 

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Wedding Speech Tips : #1

Begin preparing your speech as far in advance as possible – we recommend at least 4 weeks before hand ideally, but it's never too early to start!

 

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Wedding Speech Tips : #2

Don’t feel you have to fully conform to tradition – yes, the Best Man’s speech is usually the funny one, the Father of the Bride’s is normally the sincere one and the Groom’s speech is usually the short, forgettable one but they needn’t be just that. If you are the Groom and want to say something a little more memorable, or the Best Man who wants to make it more heartfelt than Seinfeld or the Father of the Bride who will cry if he keeps it all lovey-dovey then do what feels right and comfortable. Don’t lose sight of the speech’s tradition, but likewise be yourself.

 

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Wedding Speech Tips : #3

Make sure that you check with the other speech-givers that material is not duplicated on the day.

 

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Wedding Speech Tips : #4

Know when the speeches are to be made – they generally take place after the meal but at more and more Weddings they are given before the food begins. This is always worth knowing as you don’t want to be caught off guard.
 

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Weddingsday Wedding Speech Tips : #5

Run your speech past a trusted source for their opinion – in particular seek feedback on the length of the speech, its delivery in terms of speed and loudness and your body language throughout.

 

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Weddingsday Wedding Speech Tips : #6

Try to visit the wedding venue prior to the day to get accustomed to your surroundings. Get to know how much space is available to you and find out what the scope is in terms of presenting. If you're thinking of using props of any kind you will need to think about if, and how, they can be used in the location.

 

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Wedding Speech Tips : #7

When you think of the speech, don't envisage it all going horribly wrong, instead picture it with a smile on your face and you'll immediately feel much better about it.

 

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Wedding Speech Tips : #8

Visualise the end of the speech where all the guests are applauding. It also helps to try and imagine them all laughing (at the appropriate bits) throughout as well.

 

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Wedding Speech Tips : #9

Have a chat with close friends and relatives before hand and ask them to lead the applause and laughter where appropriate.

 

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Wedding Speech Tips : #10

Have a snack about quarter of an hour before hand – professionals advise a banana but if you can’t get hold of one of them just make sure you down anything that will stop your stomach from rumbling yet won’t repeat on you.

 

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Wedding Speech Tips : #11

Before you stand up, think of a something that makes you laugh or giggle – that way you’ll begin with a big grin rather than a look of dread.

 

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Wedding Speech Tips : #12

Begin with a glance around the guests before you start to help you relax and give the audience an air of confidence.

 

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Wedding Speech Tips : #13

Before you speak, forget completely about what lies ahead – enjoy yourself, take everything in and focus only on the moment.

 

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Wedding Speech Tips : #13

If you don’t drink don’t worry, you won’t be pressured into doing so at the end of your speech – instead make sure that the wedding venue is aware of your requirements and ask to have a non-alcoholic beverage in front of you. Lemonade, pineapple juice, water, it doesn’t matter as long as you like it!

 

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Wedding Speech Tips : #15

Remember above all else that nobody wants you to fail so enjoy your time in the spotlight and don’t put too much pressure on yourself - there are far more important things in life!

 

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If you know of any other little gems, why not send us your comments so we can pass your wedding speech tips onto others.

 

 

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For those of you wanting to find out more, we've a whole host of other wedding speech articles on the site packed full of expert information and inspirational ideas, not to mention our online wedding directory that's filled with toastmasters, speech writers and more.

 
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