~ Diné ~
Public speaking. Don’t we all just love it!
When it comes to making speeches at weddings, most people try to avoid it because they hate speaking in front of a large crowd. Unfortunately, some people aren’t so lucky as they are expected to give a speech. If you are apart of the bridal party, you might just be one of those ‘lucky ones’, chosen to get up there and make a toast. The joys of speech making.
So who is generally expected to say a word or two at weddings?
- The Best Man
- Parents of the Groom/Bride
- The Maid of Honour
- The Groom
- Not expected, but becoming more popular: The Bride
Speeches at weddings are tricky as people expect you to come up with something sentimental or funny. They want tear-jerkers, whether it is through crying or laughing. Here are a few tips of what to do, and what NOT to do;
What to do:
- Keep it short
- Add a funny story
- Be sentimental
- Look at the guests…eye contact is the key!
What NOT to do:
- Get drunk
- Mention past relationships
- Use inappropriate language
- Take a joke too far
- Reveal information that might cause trouble between the couple
If you try to be funny, but no one laughs…don’t panic! Tell the guests that they were ‘meant’ to laugh because you intended that part to be funny; and just refuse to go on until you get a response from them. It’s sure to work!
Don’t stress, the couple will appreciate your efforts regardless of whether your speech is a success or a failure. As long as you mention how adorable they are, and you wish them well for the future-you should be sweet!
Happy speech making!