Writing The Perfect Wedding Speech

Writing The Perfect Wedding Speech

Weddings are magical celebrations filled with love, joy, and cherished moments. Among the day's many highlights, one tradition stands out – the wedding speeches. So, how do you start writing the perfect wedding speech?

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Who does a Wedding Speech?

Traditionally, the wedding speech was done by (and in this order) the father of the bride, groom, and best man, followed by additional toasts. If you're more modern; father of the groom, groom, bride, bridesmaids or maid of honour and the best man.

In same-sex weddings, it's typical for both partners to speak, although it's often just one who does.

Mastering the Art of Writing the Perfect Wedding Speech

The pressure to craft the perfect words can be daunting for whoever is delivering the speech. But fear not, as with a bit of guidance and creativity, you can deliver a speech that will be remembered for all the right reasons.

Know Your Audience

First and foremost, understand who you'll be speaking to. Is it a small, intimate gathering or a large, lively affair? Tailor your speech to suit the tone and atmosphere of the event. Consider the personalities of the couple and the preferences of families and friends. While humour is often appreciated, be mindful of cultural sensitivities and avoid anything that could offend.

Start with a Bang

Capture your audience's attention from the outset with a captivating opening line. Whether it's a heartfelt anecdote, a witty remark, or a touching quote, set the tone for your speech and establish a connection with your listeners. Remember, first impressions count, so make it memorable.

Share Stories and Memories

The best wedding speeches are personal and genuine. Share stories and memories highlighting the bond between the couple getting married. Whether recalling humorous escapades from their past or reflecting on moments that define their relationship, aim to evoke emotions and create a sense of nostalgia.

Keep it Concise

While it's tempting to ramble on, keep your speech concise and to the point. Aim for around five minutes, as anything longer risks losing your audience's attention. Focus on quality over quantity, selecting your words carefully to make every moment count.

Include Everyone

Acknowledge and thank everyone who made the day special, from the parents and groom or bridal party to the guests who have travelled far and wide to be there. Including a toast to absent friends and loved ones who are no longer with us is a touching gesture that all will appreciate.

Practice Makes Perfect

Rehearse your speech multiple times to ensure you're comfortable with the flow and delivery. Pay attention to your pace, tone, and body language, aiming for a confident and natural delivery. Consider recording yourself or practising in front of a trusted friend or family member for feedback.

End on a High Note

Conclude your speech with a heartfelt toast to the newlyweds, wishing them a lifetime of love, happiness, and adventure together. Leave your audience uplifted and inspired, with fond memories of your words ringing in their ears.

Start Writing Your Speech for the Wedding

Writing the perfect wedding speech is a labour of love that requires thought, care, and attention to detail. By knowing your audience, sharing personal stories, keeping it concise, and practising your delivery, you can create a speech that will be remembered and cherished for years to come. So, embrace the opportunity to celebrate the love and joy of the occasion, and let your words be a testament to the magic of marriage.

Weddings at Future Inns

Plan Your Wedding Day

Our wedding packages offer luxury and flexibility to suit a range of budgets. We clarify what costs are included and are priced per person, and we have affordable wedding packages available, including welcome drinks, evening food, and hotel stays. If our packages don't seem quite right for you, we will happily create a bespoke package to make your wedding both individual and unforgettable. 

Weddings at Future Inn Bristol

From an intimate feel to a grander affair (up to 200 guests), the wedding suites are on the hotel's top floor with fantastic views over Bristol city centre. There is even a small terrace balcony to take in some air and enjoy the scenery. Please speak with our wedding planners, Lorena or Seyran, who can advise you on weddings in Bristol on 0117 304 1010 or meetings.bristol@futureinns.co.uk.


Weddings at Future Inn Cardiff

Our wedding venue in Cardiff Bay has various suites to choose from, all of which are on the ground floor. Choose from an all-day wedding celebration, wedding breakfasts, or evening-only events. Appointments must be booked with Martin or Adam in advance. They can be contacted on 02920 487111 or meetings.cardiff@futureinns.co.uk. Ask about their Welsh-themed wedding breakfast menu, too!


Weddings at Future Inn Plymouth

You are welcome to speak with our highly experienced Wedding Coordinators, Ellie or Ben, on 01752 701000 or meetings.plymouth@futureinns.co.uk. Our wedding venue in Plymouth has been nominated for several wedding awards over the last few years, so you are in knowledgeable, safe hands. The wedding suites are all on the ground floor, and guests love the outdoor space for photographs in the summer months.


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