Effective Tips for Wedding Speeches
Everything seems to be ready by now- venue, food, photography, music and everything else needed to be prepared on a wedding except for those giving the speeches! They may have been reluctant to accept the responsibility but felt compelled to do so because they care about you. So what usually happens is that they cram for the last minute, desperately searching for an instant solution for a good speech that they can use on the wedding reception. We therefore compiled several tips that will hopefully guide you through giving wedding speeches.
- Ask people you know who have already given a speech during a wedding. Family and friends can also give extra anecdotes and suggest new ideas. Just remember to steer clear of embarrassing quotes or stories; choose a speech that everybody in the audience can easily relate to.
- There is no need for you to deliver a perfect speech. What you need is to avoid rambling and give it a smooth flow. Don’t use long paragraphs but opt for punchy, short and witty sentences instead. Brevity is highly effective for this kind of speech.
- Location is very important so find out where you will be standing and get to know the equipment that will be used such as a microphone and the like. When you know these details beforehand, you will avoid getting nasty surprises that will not keep you at ease.
- Of course, practising a lot would definitely help give you confidence. Rehearse your speech aloud in front of the mirror. Read slowly and emphasise the words and take to heart what you are telling your audience. If possible, also do a dry run in front of your family and family as the audience so that you will have a real feel before the actual event.
- When that dreaded moment comes, relax your muscles, take a deep breath and enjoy the moment. Speak slowly and breathe between sentences so that your audience will be able to understand and get on the groove with what you are saying. Give them time to get the punch line and everybody will be having a good time including you.