The speeches at a wedding should offer warmth, humor, and words from the heart; however, they often flop, with off color humor, clichés, and stuttering words. Whether you are the father of the bride, the best man, or even the bridegroom, you need to take time to find out a bit more about making a wedding speech that is more than acceptable – but excellent. So, let’s take a look at the three common speeches that occur at a wedding – The Bridegrooms Speech, the Best Man’s Speech, and the Father of the Bride’s Speech.
Father of the Bride Speech
Usually this speech is the first one that occurs at the wedding. The toastmaster calls on the father, and then it’s your moment to shine. This is a time to offer a heartfelt speech proposing happiness and health for your daughter and her new husband. It’s fine to have some humor, but it needs to be fitting for the wedding. Avoid putting down your new son-in-law, making crude jokes, or making the speech about yourself. This is a time to show love, admiration, and well wishing for the new couple.
The Bridegroom Speech
Once the father of the bride has concluded his speech, then it’s time for the groom to give his speech. This is a time to thank your parents for all they’ve done for you and a word to the bride’s parents is acceptable as well. Also, thanking those who brought gifts is important as well. Basically this speech should be addressed to all in attendance, thanking them for caring enough to come, and it can even be used to thank the wedding party as well. The bridegroom’s speech is not the time for hilarious stories or off color jokes. Spending some time mentioning your love for your new wife is also an excellent addition.
Best Man’s Speech
This is usually the speech that ends up many people cringe if the best man is less than loquacious. While many feel the need to tell crude stories and rude jokes, this is really the time for an appropriately funny speech that is light hearted and entertaining. This is a great time for some light humor, a few stories about the best man, and some anecdotes, as long as they are appropriate for the wedding. Remember why you are friends with the bridegroom and why he asked you to be best man. What funny stories can you tell that are suitable for the guests? While the idea is to humiliate the groom slightly, you shouldn't go overboard and especially remember that the guests will comprise of a range of age groups and backgrounds and while some of them may appreciate blue humor, there are many who would be deeply offended.
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Article Added on Wednesday, May 28, 2008
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