Speech Tips and Ideas

The speechmakers - the father of the bride, groom and best man - should spend time carefully planning and practising their speech.

Preparation is vital. The more time spent thinking about the speech and practising delivering it, the more polished it will be. Only very confident speechmakers should risk ad-libbing on the day.

It is perfectly acceptable for speakers to refer to brief notes, so long as they do not read the entire speech directly off the page.

Speechmakers should be aware of their upcoming responsibilities and ensure that they don't drink too much beforehand.

It is a real faux pas to forget to thank anyone who helped to make the day possible, get their name wrong or mispronounce it. Pre-wedding research is essential to ensure that this does not happen.

Keep an eye on the time. Rambling reminiscences will become tedious and challenge the audience's attention span. Make sure everything that is said is relevant to the bride and groom.

Neither the father of the bride nor the best man should upstage the bride and groom - it is their day.

Traditionally, the speeches begin with the father of the bride, followed by the groom and finally the best man.

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