If you’re part of the wedding party that is required to make a speech, then you might be feeling a little nervous (to say the least).
Wedding speeches are one of the most nerve-wracking things, especially if public speaking just isn’t something you encounter much of in daily life.
Here are our top tips with a little rundown of the key factors to consider…
Wedding Speeches: Stanley Travel’s Top Tips
Who typically makes a speech at a wedding?
There are no set rules, as such, and depending on your family setup and the theme of your wedding – traditional or laidback – anyone can get up and make a speech!
If you’re looking for the traditional guideline, then it follows the order of father of the bride, groom, best man and then others. Today, brides are more commonly making speeches and of course if you have step-parents it may be right for you to include them too.
How long should your speech be?
No longer than five minutes. Any longer than that and even if you’re the wittiest speaker at the party you’re losing people’s interest. It’s worth asking someone to give a discreet wipe of the brow when you need to wrap up your speech.
What should I say?
Depending on who you are in the party will obviously dictate what your area of remit is when it comes to the speech. However, it is great if no matter who you are that a little humour seeps in – obviously more so for the best man! What is key is that you consider everyone that is in the room – granny and grandad expect a little ‘daring’ humour, but they won’t be comfortable with anything more.
It’s also OK to be emotional (-ish)! Bring the speech to a charming close, having warmed up the audience with a couple of humorous one-liners or anecdotes, finish with a deeper comment about the wedding, love or the couple you’re celebrating.
How can I prepare?
Remember to always have SOMETHING prepared. You’ve been asked to contribute to this momentous occasion for this couple in a pretty big way. Never be afraid to use notecards and most definitely practice in front of some kind of audience – think 5+ people. Learn what works and what doesn’t. Refer to your notecards on the big day and don’t be afraid to ask for a moment to compose yourself – it’s a big thing to do and delivery is everything!
Considering Stanley Travel as your wedding transportation provider?
We provide Mercedes and Range Rover vehicles, dressed in ribbons and bows, for the bride and father of the bride and bride & groom. You can also be sure that your guests arrive safely and in comfort, with our executive coaches for the remainder of the wedding party, with coaches ranging from 16-72 seats.
If you would like to contact us about your specific requirements for wedding transportation, don’t hesitate to get in touch by calling 01207 237 424.
- Stanley Travel provides executive vehicles for various events and aims to cater to your specific requirements, so whatever the query, don’t be afraid to ask on 01207 237 424.