The venue is booked, the food has been ordered and the champagne’s on ice. But a small number of the wedding party are just beginning to panic. They are the ones giving the speeches! They may right now be desperately surfing the internet hoping to find an instant cure for the speech they have been dreading since the date was set.
Wedding speech tips
Leading speech writer, commentator and coach, Lawrence Bernstein, has provided some tips to help you get started:
General tips for wedding speeches:
Do some digging: Ask friends and family for extra insights and anecdotes. They will give you new ideas and ensure you’re providing a speech relevant to your whole audience.
Avoid rambling: 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. Stay away from long paragraphs in favour of short, punchy, deliverable sentences.
Location, location, location: 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.
Practise makes perfect: Rehearse it out loud over and over again, reading very slowly and emphasising key words. You want to know your speech so well that you only need to glance at your notes to remember what comes next.
Slowly does it: When your big moment comes, speak slowly and pause between sentences. Your audience need time to digest the story before they get the punchline. So give them time to get it.
For more tips on speech delivery visit greatspeechwriting.co.uk/speechwriting/delivery-practise-makes-perfect