10 Tips For A Great Wedding Speech

Speech Writing

It is summer.  Wedding bells are ringing and men of all shapes and sizes are desperately surfing the internet hoping to find an instant cure for the wedding speech they have been dreading since the date was set.

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Here are ten quick tips for a great wedding speech:

  1. It’s not just you.  Many men worry that their speech will ruin their wedding day.  And that goes for grooms, best men and fathers of the bride around the country.
  2. Beating the nerves is all about preparation in two areas: Writing the speech and giving it.
  3. It’s worth contacting friends and family who have known the bride and groom at different stages of their lives to gather unusual anecdotes and insights.
  4. What will your audience want to hear?  There is nothing worse for Grandma than a best man’s speech focusing exclusively on the Stag’s drinking exploits in Amsterdam dressed as Spiderman.  Try to include something for everyone.
  5. Try to map out a framework for the speech that combines a sensible balance between sincerity and humour.  An over-sentimental speech can be dull.  But a stand-up comedy routine can miss the point entirely.
  6. There is no ‘perfect’ shape or style for a speech.  You may want to take a thematic or chronological approach.  But the key is brevity.  Avoid rambling paragraphs in favour of short, punchy, deliverable sentences.
  7. This punchy style means you’ll be able to give the speech much more confidently.  Practise it out loud over and over again, reading very slowly and emphasising key words.
  8. Get to know your speech so well that you only need to glance at your notes to remember what comes next.  The slow pace will make this easy and allow you to make eye contact with your audience.
  9. Find out where you’ll be standing, whether there will be a microphone, and if there will be somewhere to rest your notes.  This will avoid nasty surprises that might keep you awake the night before.
  10. If you are still worried, please call me.  I’d love to help you write something truly original, memorable and easy to deliver.

55 thoughts on “10 Tips For A Great Wedding Speech”

  1. Hi Lawrence
    I have read through the list of names that have requested help and was wandering if the cost is right, if you could help me?
    My daughter is getting married in May and I would really appreciate a professional to look over my power-point and offer any advise?
    Regards

    Tony

  2. Lawrence, thanks for all you did in writing my best man’s speech. You took all the anxiety away from me!
    The speech hit just the right note in terms of humour,sincerity and relevance. They were a tough audience but laughed in all the right places and several people came to the top table to congratulate me. One even asked me to write is father of the bride speech for him!!

    Thanks again

  3. Hi there,

    I have written my wedding speech and my big day is in 8days…. just keep reading it and think it could be alot better, is it possible for you to help!! if so could you please email me so i can send you my speech for you to read through!

    MAN MANY THANKS!!

  4. Hi Lawrence,

    I’m getting married this summer and although we’ve not planned for me to do a speech, I would really like to do a surprise reading for my groom during the ceremony, perhaps a poem or similar. Is this something you are able to help with and if so at what cost?
    Many thanks,
    Lisa

  5. Hi Lawrence,

    Im the best man and MC for my friends wedding this month. Would really like some help putting a speech together and maybe some tips on the MC part of it. He’s a working colleague of mine whom i’ve known for about 12 years. I’ve been an MC before but first best man…

    Cheers!

    Neil

  6. Hi Lawrence,

    I have best man speech to write and hoping you can offer some help. I’ve got a few themes I would like to run past you and also a copy of my draft if you’re able to review and provide comments that would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Bayard

  7. Hi Lawrence,

    I have been helping my father write his father-of-the-bride speech for my sister’s wedding. I’d really love it to be a memorable speech for everyone. At the moment I think it sounds good but not great! If I email what we’ve got so far, could you please let me know how much it would cost to make it a really great speech?

    Many thanks,

    Kelly

  8. Hi Lawrence, I reside in Ohio, U.S.A. I am a brother to the bride for a wedding to be held next month (December) and I am not sure how to construct my wedding speech. I was told to give a 5-7 minutes speech but I am not sure how to start. Can you help me?

  9. Hi Lawrence

    I’m best man for my friends wedding and I have a speech but it needs a bit of attention. Would you have a look at it and tell me how much it would cost to get it sounding great?

    Regards
    Ed

  10. I need some help with my speech can you help? My wedding is 1st week in September.

    Please get back to me

    Thanks

  11. Hi Lawrence,

    Im getting married at the end of Aug and would like some basic, tips, pointers, what i should say, what i should’nt say – just need some kind of guidance – im not very confident in public speaking.

    The Speech will be delivered to approx 50 people.

    Would appreciate your help.

    Best Regards

    Simon

  12. Hi Lawrence,

    I am getting married on the 13th of August this year and having a few problems with my speech. I have an idea of what i want to say but am struggling to get anything written down.

    I would really appreciate if you could give me some advice or be able to help me put what i want to say into some sort of order.

    Regards
    Gavin

  13. best man for my cousins wedding next month.i am not a shy person and wont have a problem delivering a great speech.now that is the problem,the speech,you might be able to help,
    martin

  14. Hi Lawrence, Im geting married in 12 days and ive been doing my speech for about 1 month now and im just wondering if you will be able to read through it to see if its ok. I will email it to you later on.
    Many thanks.
    Craig

  15. Hi,
    Iv got a best mans speech soon.need help.If i emailed you could you take a look at it and put it into soom sort of order,Kind regards

  16. Hi Lawrence,
    I am about to get married – 30th April and I’ve arrange most things but as I’m mailing, obviously one thing has not been given as much attention as it should. I’m a groom needing a speech that covers all aspects as I’ll be the only one speaking. I’d like to deliver something special so would like your help.
    If you could get back to me I’d really appreciate it.
    Many Thanks
    Andrew

  17. Hi,

    I have written the body of a speech for my daughter’s wedding later this year but I need some advice about how to bring it all together and making it sound right.
    Please could you mail me with prices etc
    thanks

    Amanda

  18. Hi Lawrence,
    i am trying to put together two speeches, one is for my wedding and the other as a joint best man. I have any idea of how I want them to come across and roughly what I want to say but am struggling to put pen to paper so to speak. Was wondering if you could help and what your fees will be.
    Many thanks,
    Steve

  19. hi i am trying to wtite a best man speech for my brother wedding in september but i don’t no how to start it can u please help me !!!!!!!!

    yours m. kelly

  20. Hi Lawrence

    I could do with some help on my best man speech that i have to deliver on Saturday 4th September.

    Please email me and lets get this finished together

    Many thanks

    Lee

  21. Hi Nichola – I’d be delighted to help. Please give me a call and we can decide on the best way forward. Thanks, Lawrence

  22. hi ya my mom n dad are getting married for the second time after a 13 yr split,an im best women,ive tryed to write my speech but carnt think how to approch it at all,plz help lol
    kind regards

  23. Hey webmaster can I use some of the information from this post if I provide a link back to your site?

  24. Hi Michael – that booklet is still work in progress I’m afraid; delighted to chat if you’d like to discuss your groom speech! Best wishes, L

  25. Hi Lawrence,

    I’ve just picked up an excellent booklet of yours on how to write a Best Man’s Speech. Do you have anything similar about how to write a Groom’s Speech? Top Tips?

    Michael

  26. Hi
    I have to make a speech in the Great Hall at Hever Castle on 3rd July.
    The groom is English, the bride German. The guests roughly 50:50

    I would like to be able to address the guests variously in both English and German. I speak a little Deutsch and can read it!

    The groom has a great sense of humour (his third wedding!), he has taken over the whole castle, is putting up all the guests in the castle, dress code is black, red and white, short dresses for ladies with good legs, and good humoured stereotypical references to getting towels down early in the morning etc in the wedding invitation package.

    He is no oaf! He is a virtuoso guitar, violin and piano player (concert standard), a gifted artist, and he was on Master Chef a couple of years ago!

    Enough already! Can you help me please?

    JOhn

  27. Sergio – please call me on 020 76818 247 – I would love to help.
    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Lawrence

  28. Hi Bob – best bet would be to have a chat – I’m on 020 7681 8247 and would love to help.
    Look forward to speaking to you.
    Lawrence

  29. Help! 40th wedding anniversarry coming up.
    Need short speech with a bit of humour?one liner.
    Any suggestions to help
    BOB

  30. Hi Hannah
    I’m afraid I don’t supply ‘stock’ speeches; everything I write is written around you and your audience.
    I’d be delighted to chat about how I could help you.
    Hope to hear from you soon.
    Lawrence

  31. Hi Andrew
    It would be best if you could email through what you have done so far and I’ll get back to you with some ideas (and any potential costs).
    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Lawrence

  32. Gday,

    I have to give a best man speech at my Brother’s wedding in September and a few laughs would be nice. I have some snippets of things i would like to say but i need help to tie it together.

    Cheers,
    Andrew

  33. Hi! My dad is getting married in November and I want to say something nice to them at the reception. Can you email me with tips and how I should start out the speech and how to keep it short and sweet?
    Thanks!

  34. Lesley – it sounds like a magnificent challenge! Please give me a call on 020 7681 8247 and we can take it from there.
    L

  35. Hi Awwal

    I’d be delighted to help. The best place to start would to be to have a chat. Please feel free tocall me on my landline and we can go from there.

    Looking forward to speaking with you.

    Lawrence

  36. Im alway scared of calling upon to make or write a speach, my friend is getting married Nov. ’09 and i know what it means……pls help.

  37. Hi,
    Wierdly I have to do a daughter of the groom speech, can you help? I have some ideas but cant assemble it.
    Thankyou
    Lesley

  38. Lawrence

    I’ve got to give short talk/reading during the wedding part. There are, of course, the traditional bible readings but I’m looking for something a bit more modern with a hint of humour and a serious message about love, future, happiness etc

    Can you advise me in any way?

    Jon

  39. Hello Lawrence,
    My daughter is getting married on 31-8-09.
    I’ve spent hours writing my speech and I just can not get it right! Would it be possible to e-mail to you what I’ve got so far and for you to fix it!?
    hope you can help
    best regards
    Paul

  40. Ken
    I have emailed you a response, but the best bet would be to have a chat.
    I’m available this evening if you get a chance to speak.
    Best wishes
    Lawrence

  41. Hi Lawrence,

    I am Father of the Bride to be, -18th of September 2009 to be exact and am just staring to address the subject of my speech. I would like to know a little more about your speech writing and of course the fees you charge.

    I look forward to hearing from you,
    Regards,

    Ken Erwood

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