Congratulations – you’re going to get married. And double that, because you’re also going to give a bride speech!
If you’re undecided about whether or not to speak, please do it! It is the 21st century. There’s no reason on earth why guests at so many weddings should only hear male voices during the speeches.
We’d be delighted to help write your bride speech for you or to edit a draft you’ve already written. We also offer delivery sessions with specialist coach Alys Metcalf, so that you can learn techniques to help deal with nerves if you’re feeling anxious about getting up to speak in front of all your loved ones. Pick up the phone and give us a call on +44 (0)207 118 1600 or email us. It’ll give you one less thing to worry about!
When should the bride speak at a wedding?
There’s a really natural place for you to speak at your wedding and it might not be when you think. We recommend that brides speak first. Say hello, welcome the guests, and introduce the next speaker (most likely your father or mother). Traditionally, the guests are not covered in the toasts given by the groom, father of the bride, and best man. So, you can take the opportunity to break from tradition and thank your family and friends for being with you on your special day.
How can you give an original bride speech?
When it comes to the groom, father of the bride, and best man speech, there will be an awful lot of focus on you. The only mention of your new husband will be as the subject of quite a lot of mickey-taking and fun. You can offer a more sincere speech and describe him through the eyes of the other person in the relationship. This gives a very different perspective from the best man (hopefully!). Taking a different approach to the speech will ensure it stands out. And just to be sure there won’t be any overlap, have a word with your father, the best man and your husband-to-be to check you won’t all be talking about the same things.