Wedding speeches: Everything you need to know

From the groom's speech to what to say as a father-of-the-bride, from the order of speeches to how to give a great bride's speech, we have all the information you need to make this part of your celebration go with a bang. And we haven't forgotten the best man or bridesmaids either!

The wedding speeches are a wonderful way of making your day all about you – as individuals, as a couple, and as part of two families. After all, what could be more personal than the people you love talking about you – and you talking about them in return? However, unless everyone involved is perfectly confident about public speaking, this part of the day can sadly become yet another source of wedding planning stress. Whether you’re a bride, groom, best man, bridesmaid or father of the bride, it’s not always easy to take to the mic – or to know what to say.


What’s more, we have a lot of anecdotal evidence that the speeches are something a lot of wedding guests don’t exactly look forward to. It’s understandable. Most of us have been to weddings where the speeches went on… and on… and on… with what seems like every member of the bridal party standing up to give a 20-minute lecture. Yes, that isn’t your only concern, but given the average cost of being a wedding guest, it’s nice to make sure they have a good time throughout. 

But it doesn’t have to be like this! We have everything you need to make sure all your wedding speeches go brilliantly, delighting both you and your audience, and leaving you with happy memories for years to come. Read on for the answers to your speech-related questions.

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How do you write a best man’s speech?

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Are there any extra touches to pep up the speeches?

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What can we use for inspiration?

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