If the thought of having to speak at your wedding makes you panic, then this post is for you! Many brides, grooms, maids of honor and others get a little nervous when it comes to creating a speech that is meaningful without being boring and obtuse. Here are 5 tips to help!
Relax – The most important part of creating your wedding speech is to be sure it comes from the heart. As long as that’s true, you’re going to be okay! Remember that the individuals present are your closest friends and family members. So, take a deep breath and relax.
Your Personality – The best wedding speech reflects a lot of heart as well as the personality of the speaker. If you’re funny, make it humorous. If you’re naturally sentimental, a touching and tear-jerking speech will be perfect. Follow Shakespeare’s advice on this one and “to thine own self be true.”
Timing – You’re going to want to keep your speech as short as possible while saying everything you want to say. This can sometimes mean cutting out stories, fluff, or filler and just getting straight to the good stuff. Read over your speech and if it isn’t absolutely necessary, cut it.
Read it Out Loud – Reading your speech out loud several times will not only allow you to memorize it, but it can alert you if any part of it sounds silly, forced, incorrect, etc. It also gives you the chance to time yourself to see just how long the speech really is.
Say it From the Heart – Most importantly, say the words that are in your heart, whether you’re the bride, the groom, the best man, etc. The best example of a wedding speech is a group of words taken directly from the heart and polished to suit the ear.
Using these 5 tips, you should be able to create a beautiful wedding speech that is touching, heartfelt and rings of truth.
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