Do’s And Don’ts of a Bride’s Speech
Why let the men have all the fun? If you’re up for speaking at your reception, then here are some top ideas to create the perfect speech.
Wedding traditions may seem to create a picture-perfect wedding, but if they’re not in keeping with your vision of a dream celebration, then it’s time to change things up! The wedding speeches are one of the most traditional parts of a wedding day, as the father-of-the-bride, the groom and the best man all share humorous anecdotes, thankyous and sentimentality around the room. But there’s no escaping the fact that this line-up is entirely male! If you’re ready to take to the floor and give your own bride’s speech, then here are some top tips on how to put together an Oscar winning performance.
Making The Decision
Remember that it’s entirely your decision as to whether you’d like to give a speech or not, you shouldn’t feel pressured into it. You’ll have a lot to think about in the run-up to the big day, so there’s no need to give yourself an extra task unless you feel strongly about it. You might also like to decide how you feel on the day. But if you’re up for it, then it’s important to liaise with your other speech-givers and go over what they’ll be contributing so that you don’t accidentally end up covering the same thankyous and stories as each other.
Structuring Your Speech
Your speech preparation can be helped immensely by working with a little structure. You might open by dishing out some heartfelt thankyous, sharing some funny stories in the middle of your speech and then ending with some sentimentality towards your new husband! It would be best not to read your speech word for word off a piece of paper, but to use cue cards to keep you on track. You might include a couple of jokes to lighten the mood. Example openers including jokes such as ‘Some of you here think the only reason I’m marrying my husband is because of his Chelsea season ticket’ are a great icebreaker and you’ll feel your confidence soar when you hear laughter fill the room.
As your bride’s speech doesn’t have any traditional content to fill, you can be a little creative with the style of speech you wish to go for. You might choose to write a poem or put together an entertaining slideshow of pictures of the two of you over the years. The great thing about your bride’s speech is that there are no expectations at all, so you can really go for it and include whatever you wish!
Order of the Speeches
The traditional line-up of speeches begins with the father-of-the-bride, followed by the groom and best man. So of course, you may be wondering where your bride’s speech will fit in. It may be best to go first, particularly if you’re feeling nervous so you can sit back and enjoy the rest of the speeches as they unfold. Your wedding venues Essex team will be able to assist with planning the perfect time and duration for the speeches so they fit in seamlessly with your reception meal.
Are you ready to join brides such as Meghan Markle in delivering the perfect bride’s speech to your new spouse? A little preparation and inspiration from brides who have gone before you will go a long way in helping you create a winning speech.