7 Frequently Asked Questions About The Bride’s Wedding Speech

Are you thinking of giving a speech on your wedding day? If you are, and you’d like to know more, check out these 7 frequently asked questions about bride’s wedding speeches:

1.  Do Brides Give A Speech?

I’ve been to a lot of weddings in the past, and until quite recently had never seen a bride make a speech. And I often wondered why we don’t.

After all, we women have our own careers, earn our own money, drive our own cars, why shouldn’t we stand up and give a speech on our wedding day?

Then by sheer chance, I happened to be watching a film in which the bride did in fact make a speech at the wedding breakfast.

2.  Should I Give A Speech?

Yes – you definitely should make a speech on your wedding day. You’ll have people you’ll personally want to thank, personal stories you’ll want to tell, and you’ll almost certainly want to say something special to your groom.

A speech during your wedding reception is the best place and time for this – so be bold, go against restrictive traditions, and give a bridal speech that your guests will enjoy and remember.

3. What Should I Include In My Speech?

This is your day, and it’s your chance to say what is really in your heart to the people that are most dear to you. So don’t forget to thank

  • everyone for taking time out of their busy lives to be a part of your special day
  • your parents for the love and support they have always shown you
  • your new in-laws for welcoming you into their family
  • all your friends and relations that helped with your wedding preparations

4.  When Should I Speak?

Well this is really up to you. And since it’s not traditional there really are no set rules as to when you should speak. But if you want to say a few words then you should speak directly after your husband, and before the best man.

5. Who Needs To Know I Am Making A Speech?

There are a handful of people you need to tell in advance that you are going to make a speech. These might include:

  • your M.C – he will need to introduce you to your guests
  • your photographer
  • your bridesmaids
  • and of course, your groom

6. How Can I Make Sure I Give A Great Speech?

If you’ve never spoken in public before, it can be a bit scary. But good preparation will ensure it won’t spoil your day. Remember all your guests are there because they want to be a part of your special day, so they will be delighted to hear you speak.

The secret is to plan your speech in advance –  being well prepared even for the shortest of speeches means you won’t feel nervous. So these few tips may help:

  • write down what you want to say
  • read it through –  read it again – and again
  • stand in front of the mirror and read it again – this time imagine looking at your guests
  • decide where you should pause and smile

So remember, keep your speech short, speak clearly and slowly and don’t forget to look around at your guests and smile.

7. How Shall I Wind Up My Speech?

Finish up by thanking your bridesmaids, especially your maid of honour.

But be sure to save the last words for that very important person – your new husband. Be sure to tell him how happy he has made you, how you look forward to spending the rest of your lives together.

So finish with a toast to your brand new husband.

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