Wedding Speech Tips Submitted by You, the Readers™

You have a wedding speech to write - but what will you say ? Here's some tips submitted by people like you who have been to weddings and seen not only the good, but also the bad.

Remember that you're not taking an exam or making a political speech, simply relax as you are addressing your friends and family. Make sure that you know what you are going to say - it is okay to have a cheat sheet. The waiting will be harder than the speech giving. Remember you are addressing the warmest, friendliest audience you will ever face. Most of all be prepared? Get assistance if needed with close friends and relatives. Do your homework and do not forget to mention all the people who were involved with the wedding planning as they mean a lot to the Bride and Groom.

When writing a wedding speech it is important to always speak from the heart. First, don't wait until the night before the wedding to complete the speech. Work on it a little bit at a time a few weeks before the wedding. Talk about things that are relevant to the wedding, don't talk about the days when you were single and hooking up with everyone. Make sure if you are the maid of honor, you talk about your relationship with the groom also and vice versa for the best man. It is important to have your speech be about the couple, not about you and the maid of honor or best man. Also, talk about their relationship with each other as well as with you. Don't make your speech be too long. Use this little tip: KISS - it stands for Keep It Simple Silly. This was you are sure to bring a smile to everyone's face and maybe even a tear or two.

I like the wedding speeches that are not trying to be overly clever and are real. Just try to be relaxed and natural, don't try to use this time to make useless jokes and astound the room with your wit.

Wedding speeches should be heartfelt and simple. Don't go too far down memory lane. Don't insinuate something from someone's past relationships or make comparisons to other people one might have dated. Never talk about or make remarks on promiscuous behavior. Don't mention bachelor/bachelorette parties. Make everyone feel like they are connected in someway.

1 . NEVER mention a person's past loves or failed loves. I was at a wedding where the best man said that he was "just sure this one would work out" about the groom's past. The groom was divorced. It was awkward and in poor taste.

2. DO NOT go on and on about your own relationship/history with the bride or groom in a toast. I've seem men and women do this and it's weird. It's okay to mention a brief history, but I once witnessed a toast that was a 10 minute manifesto and then threw the bride's name in at the end to wish them luck. It was tacky.

3. DO use words like honor, love, etc. but depending on the setting off-color mentions of sexually related content may be inappropriate. A wedding usually has some sacred part to it and anything raunchy may diminish the "holiness" of it.

Say something specific about how the two people complement each other as a partners. For example, mention that one of them sees the big picture, the other sees the smaller details, and together they are a great team as a result. Say something about how these two people support and lift each other up, day to day, crisis to crisis, event to event. They will help each other through the journey of life.

Giving a good wedding speech is as simple as that - focus on the couple, show your love, and all will be well.€™t

by Devin Bean

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