How to Write a Killer Bride or Groom Wedding Speech

Writing a wedding speech can be a daunting task, especially if you’re nervous about speaking in front of a group. But it’s an excellent opportunity to let your nearest and dearest know how much they mean to you and how much you appreciate them celebrating the start of your marriage with you.

Traditionally, brides don’t give speeches. They sit quietly and listen while their dad, the best man, and the groom give speeches. Brides were to be seen and not heard. But we’ve had enough of that. If you’re a bride, who wants to speak at your own wedding – more power to you! We 100% support a bride being heard on her own wedding day.
Getting ready to write your bride/groom wedding speech? Awesome! We’ve got all the steps you need to write a killer wedding speech that will leave the room laughing, crying and applauding wildly by the time you drop the mic.

Decide on the logistics

Before you get to the nitty-gritty of speech writing, figure out some of the big picture issues. Who is going to be giving the speech? Are you speaking together or separately? If you’re carrying two separate statements, who is going first? When in the night are you giving the speech? How long will the speech be? What’s the tone going to be?
Start with your thank yous

Of course, your thanks need to extend to the individuals in your life who’ve assisted you and your brand-new partner over the years too, individuals such as moms and dads, brother or sisters and dear good friends and so on.
Thanking individuals is simple– and the ideal thing to do. Tally up the names of the individuals who’ve contributed to your huge day and thanked them for their contributions.

Thank all of your guests for coming, thank your wedding party for supporting you, thank out-of-towners for making the trek, thank your parents for all their love, thank your new spouse’s parents for welcoming you into the family, thank special people who made the day possible, thank vendors, THANK THEM ALL! Or, ya know, thank who you want to acknowledge.

Do not merely state ‘Thank You’ and note the individuals who’ve assisted. You can make this part of your speech a bit more amusing by offering a brief one-line story about each person or discussing their contribution and how much it assisted the 2 of you in the run-up to your wedding event day.

Mention those who couldn’t be there

This step is optional, but if you’d like, it’s a great time to pay tribute to people who couldn’t be at your wedding. This could be important people who couldn’t physically make it, maybe they are unable to travel or sick. Or this could be people who have passed on that you want to honor on your special day.
Add a short & sweet anecdote

Despite who you thank, always remember to thank your brand-new partner.

Acknowledging them is usually, the climax of a groom’s speech and the point you make your wedding event toast, so develop to it.
It sounds corny however speak from your heart. Do not attempt to be incredibly romantic or to take lines from tunes or motion pictures. Just make a note of your preliminary ideas, and it will begin to take shape.

Here’s the fun part: now you get to gush about your boo! Include a short story about how you met when you knew you were in love or a funny tidbit from wedding planning. The idea here is that you want to share a cute story, nothing embarrassing. And you’ll want to keep it short, especially if you and your spouse are both sharing little stories. You’ll also want to double check with anyone else giving speeches that you’re not all re-telling the same story.

If you are somebody, who can ‘do amusing,’ keep it secure and, especially if moms and dads or kids exist, aim to keep it tidy. Naturally, you understand your audience best and how far you can press it, however, while your mates may discover the odd disrespectful joke funny, your brand-new parents-in-law, might not.

End with your partner

You made it! You’re at the end of your speech. Now all you have to do is address your partner and cue the waterworks. This is where you let your brand new husband or wife know how happy you are to be married to them, how much today has meant to you or anything you weren’t able to fit into your vows.

Practice makes perfect

Especially if you’re nervous, rehearse your speech. Stand in front of the mirror, ask someone in your wedding party to lend an ear or recite your address to your dog. And if you’re planning on making the statement together and splitting up the different sections, you’ll definitely want to practice with your partner. If there are parts of the address you want to keep as a surprise for the big day, that’s totally fine. Just rehearse the rest together, so you know who says what when.

Mix it up

You know what we say – your wedding, your way! So if you’re really nervous about giving your speech in front of so many people, maybe you can give a speech at your rehearsal dinner in front of a smaller audience instead. If you’re scared, you’ll be all teary by the end of the speeches, forget the tradition of the couple speaking last and do your speech first. And if the idea of a speech utterly terrifies you, skip it all together! You can give out cards to your loved ones or talk to them one on one and let them know how much you appreciate them making your wedding day magical.

Last minute dos & don’ts

DO: write it down and don’t try to wing it. Have a paper copy, so you’re not frantically trying to find your phone only for it to die when you’re halfway done your speech.

DON’T: wait until you’re too drunk to give your speech. If you think you’ll be sloshed by 8:00pm, give your speech by 7:00pm.

DO: feel free to respond to other speeches. If you go last, you can totally improvise a bit and thank you, dad, for his sweet words or try to defend yourself in the story your best man just told.

DON’T: hog the mic. If you and your partner are giving the speech together, divide it up so you can both speak equally.

DO: be courteous of your guests’ time. Especially if you have a lot of speeches planned, try to keep yours short and to the point.

DON’T: share anything too embarrassing, too intimate or also inside joke-y. Trust us, you’ll regret it when your nana comes up to you later and asks you to explain that story from the time you had a pregnancy scare in Vegas.

Also check out:

How to write wedding vows by Vogue Ballroom

Vines of the Yarra Valley Blog

hangover 2 bucks group

31 Ultimate Bucks Night Party Ideas in Sydney [2020]

Table of Contents1 Organizing an Epic Bucks Party in Sydney?2 Golf Bucks Day Out in Sydney2.1 Bucks Party Sydney2.2 X Golf2.3 Go Real Escapes in Sydney3 Sydney Gaming Bucks Nights3.1 Lucky & Sons3.2 Virtual Reality Rooms3.3 1989, Sydney4 Bucks Dinner Out in Sydney4.1 Chophouse4.2 LuMi Dining4.3 Ormeggio, Sydney4.4 The Firedoor5 Clubbing in Sydney – Bucks …

31 Ultimate Bucks Night Party Ideas in Sydney [2020] Read More »

bomboniere wedding supplies

35 Bomboniere Wedding Suppliers in Melbourne

Located in Melbourne and searching for unique bomboniere ideas to thank your guests? We recommend starting with the top 235 suppliers for bomboniere in Melbourne as ranked by their customer reviews on Facebook, Google & Easy Weddings. Table of Contents1 Melbourne’s Best Bomboniere Suppliers1.1 Designer Candy1.2 Short Story1.3 Soupcan Stubby Holders1.4 Candy Kitchen1.5 Memorable Favours1.6 …

35 Bomboniere Wedding Suppliers in Melbourne Read More »

outdoor wedding at vines of yarra valley

How to Survive Your Yarra Valley Winery Wedding Week

Table of Contents1  2 How to prepare for your Winery Wedding – 1 week out2.1 1. Nail down the Vines Wedding itinerary2.2 2. Try out your wedding gown2.3 3. Don’t forget about wedding shoes either2.4 4. Drop off necessary reception and ceremony items at the Vines venue2.5 5. Get the rehearsal dinner out of the …

How to Survive Your Yarra Valley Winery Wedding Week Read More »

beautiful table arrangement for dinner

25 Melbourne Wedding Stylists & Decorators in Victoria

Table of Contents1 Jenny Chiu Bilingual Wedding Planning & MC Services2 Serenity Wedding Planning3 Harper & Grace Designs – Wedding Planner / Floral4 Katie Zac Weddings & Events5 Event Management by Alex6 Keepsake Weddings & Events7 Space Crush Events8 Wallflower Events9 The Super Styler10 Flower Of The Lily Events11 Valure Events12 Events by Jacque13 SB …

25 Melbourne Wedding Stylists & Decorators in Victoria Read More »

vines of the yarra valley youtube video

Winery Wedding Tips on Budget, Venue and Guests

Table of Contents1  2 Vines of the Yarra Valley talks about Winery Wedding  Budget, the Venue and the Guests2.1 WHAT KIND OF WINERY WEDDING DO YOU WANT?3  3.1 THE WEDDING VENUE3.1.1 LIST YOUR WINERY RECEPTION REQUIREMENTS3.2 RECEPTION GUESTS3.3  3.3.1 WORK OUT NUMBERS3.4 YOUR WEDDING BUDGET – MONEY3.4.1 DRAW UP A WEDDING RECEPTION BUDGET3.5 MAKE A …

Winery Wedding Tips on Budget, Venue and Guests Read More »

vines of the yarra valley upstairs wedding

Best 20 Gardens for Wedding Photography in Melbourne

Table of Contents1 Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria2 St Kilda Botanical Gardens3 Fitzroy Gardens4 Queen Victoria Gardens5 Veg Out Community Gardens St Kilda6 Rippon Lea Estate7 King’s Domain Gardens8 Catani Gardens9 Royal Exhibition Building10 Flagstaff Gardens11 Treasury Gardens12 Carlton Gardens13 Williamstown Botanic Gardens14 Como House and Gardens15 Melbourne Zoo16 Alexandra Gardens17 The Conservatory18 The Conservatory19 Melbourne’s …

Best 20 Gardens for Wedding Photography in Melbourne Read More »

limousine vehicle hire for wedding

55 Wedding Car & Limousine Hire in Melbourne

Table of Contents1 Melbourne’s Top Wedding Car & Limousine Hire2 Horse Drawn Cab Co.3 DasAuto Wedding Hire4 Lowmo Transport5 Star Limo services6 Luxury Bus for Wedding Groups hire7 Hot Rod Heaven car hire8 Recreating the Past Wedding Cars hire9 Fleetwood Chauffeured Limousines wedding hire10 High Marque car hire11 29 Vintage Limousines weding car hire12 Blue …

55 Wedding Car & Limousine Hire in Melbourne Read More »

yarra valley wedding venue

How to write the best wedding speech ever

Table of Contents1 Feeling Speechless Preparting For Your Wedding Day1.1 Who makes a speech?1.2 Start preparing early1.3 Think who your audience is.1.4 Make sure everyone can hear you.1.5 Test your speech1.6 Time your speech1.7 What to say2 Wedding Speech Etiquette2.1 Father Of The Bride Speech Etiquette2.2 Groom speech Etiquette2.3 Best Man Speech Etiquette2.4 Use cue …

How to write the best wedding speech ever Read More »

Most Beautiful Winery Weddings Yarra Valley

Vineyard Weddings – Pros and What to Consider

Table of Contents1 Pros, Cons and What to Consider When Deciding on Vineyard Weddings1.1 BEAUTIFUL SCENERY1.2 RELAXED YET ELEGANT1.3 ONE LOCATION1.4 NATURAL LIGHT1.5 PERSONAL STYLE1.6 PHOTO LOCATION OPTIONS1.7 WET WEATHER BACK UP1.8 ACCOMMODATION1.9 NOTHING TO HIDE1.10 GOOD FOOD & GOOD WINE1.11 REASONABLE TRAVEL TIMES1.11.1 The Season1.11.2 Scout the Grounds1.11.3 It’s all about the details1.11.4 Extracurricular …

Vineyard Weddings – Pros and What to Consider Read More »

winery wedded couple

12 Wedding Planning Tips from Yarra Valley Winery Wedding Experts

Scroll to Top