Breakfast with a speech writer

Best Man Speech Father of the Bride Speech Speech Writing Weddings

Last weekend some friends attending a wedding locally came to stay. They left early on Saturday afternoon and returned, noisily, around half past one on Sunday morning. Over breakfast we heard about the sermon, the bride’s dress, the flowers, the first dance, and the meal. And almost every comment to that point was positive. That …

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Mother of the Bride Speech Writing Tips

Mother of the Bride Speech Speech Writing

Great Speech Writing can give you lots of advice on how to give a memorable Mother-of-the-Bride speech, but how you apply this will very much depend on your reason for speaking in the first place. All these scenarios require different approaches and very different speeches. Once the approach has been agreed you can make use of our more general tips.

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Early preparation tips for this year’s wedding speech

Speech Writing

Some people don’t think about writing their Groom, Best Man or Father-of-the-Bride speech until a few weeks, or even days, before the big event. I know – because many of them call me in a last minute panic.
I would never knock the luxury of giving yourself ample preparation time to write and rehearse your speech. It’s a bit like Usain Bolt’s winter training. It will enable you to maximise the chances of hitting the ground running on the day itself.
Here are some of the things you can start to think about and work on in those quiet months:

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Helping you in a great cause

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We contemplated growing moustaches for ‘Movember’ – but we ‘Photoshoped’ Lawrence and the results were just too sinister. So we decided to do something for Charity in a way no one else can: £100 to Charity if we can’t improve your business pitch or presentation Yes – it’s a no-brainer.  Send us a draft business speech, pitch or presentation that you’re …

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How to write a JOINT Best Man speech

Best Man Speech Speech Writing

You’re right. The Best Man Speech is the hardest of the lot. And it gets a whole lot trickier when it becomes a job-share. You may think there’s safety in numbers, but not when it comes to delivering a joint Best Man speech. All the usual pitfalls are still there….they just become harder to spot. And on top of that, the audience is less forgiving, the Groom expects more and the Bride is easier to offend!
Here are some ‘Dos’ and ‘Don’ts’ for making the mother of all speeches one to remember for all the right reasons:

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Your Medal Winning Wedding Speech

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The Olympics are almost here. You may be losing sleep about Paula Radcliff’s foot or Dwain Chambers’ urine sample, but there are others with more pressing issues to address.

Because irrespective of the athletics, the wedding season continues, with a daunting set of hurdles for those giving speeches.

If that group includes you, you’ll want to be remembered for giving the performance of your life; a speech that combines Mark Cavendish’s grit, Jessica Ennis’ style and Tom Daly’s magic.

Great Speech Writing has come up with some tips on how to put yourself in medal contention.

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Guarantee a happy daughter: FoB speech

Speech Writing

So your daughter is about to flee the nest. The date is set and the venue is booked. You’ve been tapped for a hefty contribution towards the planning of the day. You’re keeping lips sealed about the cost of roses versus peonies, Champagne versus Prosecco, starters versus canapés, the necessities of wedding favours, embossed invitations and petals strewn on tables. You really couldn’t be more supportive of your daughter’s choice of husband and you’ve been charming to her new in-laws. You really are the perfect Father-of-the-Bride. But are you? Have you given enough thought to your most important responsibility? The Speech.

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Guarantee laughs: Best Man Speech

Speech Writing

One of the most common questions I’m asked by Best Men is what proportion of their speech should be sincere and what proportion funny. The answer obviously depends very much on the individual but I generally advise a 75/25 balance in favour of something light-hearted (if not full of punch lines). Although you have an obligation to ‘big up’ the Groom, it’s more important your speech entertains.

This means there’s plenty of room for you to be witty, creative and clever. Ok, don’t panic. Here are some tips to help get you started:

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Guarantee applause: Groom Speech

Speech Writing

The wedding ‘season’ is almost upon us. If you’re a Groom, you may already be worrying about what to say in your speech – and how to minimise your chances of a ‘tumbleweed’ moment. As ever, we’re quick to point out that every wedding and every Groom require a different approach, but there are some quick wins to guarantee positive feedback from your guests, whether it’s sighs, laughs or rapturous applause!

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