For some, the thought of standing and delivering a wedding speech to a room full of people is difficult. If this sounds like you, don’t worry! It’s natural to feel a little nervous about making a wedding speech. You don’t want to mess up!
Please do not drink too much alcohol if you want your speech to be perfect. Best Man Speeches are often ruined by too much alcohol being consumed by the best man.
The first thing that comes to mind when we realize that we will be making a wedding speech at a wedding reception is how it is to be written and ultimately delivered perfectly so it doesn’t do any harm to our reputation or those in the wedding party. It is an added responsibility or obligation that you must perform as the father of the bride, the groom, best man or maid of honor. The best way to do this is to write out the speech well in advance of the big day, practice the speech, and make any changes you feel will improve the words. By writing down the words, you also will not forget any important parts or thank-yous. Can I please repeat that proper preparation is the most important aspect of delivering a good speech.
As the marriage is undoubtedly an important day in any man or woman’s life, the last thing you would want to do is insult or create an error in judgment by saying the wrong thing. But it can be a memorable experience for the pair if a speech or toast goes really well. My take on a wedding day is that for many, it is a day of magic, so please don’t spoil it by messing up a speech.
Unless you are the father of the bride, do not make the speech too long. Try to put yourself in the audience at the reception as a speech should not become boring. Make sure you have some witty anecdotes, but don’t try to become a comedian with a host of jokes. Some funny one-liners will do just fine. Obscenities rarely work at a wedding reception; they are for buck shows and hens nights.
Finally, wish the couple all the best for the future and toast the relevant person or people by raising a glass in the traditional manner.