When everyone is chanting “speech” at your wedding, will you be prepared? For some people, giving speeches is right up there with spiders as far as phobias are concerned, but you don’t have to worry or stress about your delivery, as long as you deliver it right. Sure, there are a lot of ways to make a mistake, you can make yourself sound silly, or you could forget what you were going to say- but don’t worry!
How to Deliver a Great Groom’s Speech
With the right preparation you’ll be prepared to deliver one of the most important speeches of your entire life, and start off your new life in the best way imaginable- with applause, laughter, respect, and adoration- and we’ll help you figure out exactly how you’re going to plan it out to minimize any collateral damage from possible mistakes or bad jokes.
Without any further ado, here are 5 steps to help you deliver the best Groom’s speech imaginable:
1. Take time to write and edit your speech, and practice delivering it
You might think that the key to a great speech is a great joke- and you’d be wrong. The key to a great speech is preparation. Without a doubt, in the heat of the moment with all of the added pressure, you’re going to forget what you wanted to say on the cuff. If you take the time about a month before your wedding to draw out a rough outline for your speech, you’ll have a much easier time deciding what you want to say. Your speech should include:
- A solid introduction
- A wide variety of humbling “thank-yous”
- Your memories and future plans
- Your deepest gratitude and a few MILD jokes
- Structure and a clearly defined conclusion
- Several sentimental statements
Take some time to consider the aforementioned speech when you’re writing. Read through the rest of our steps, and establish your approach. After you’ve written it, go through it with a fine tooth comb, even type it out to check for spelling or grammatical errors- because you don’t want to sound silly. Then read your speech out loud, emphasizing sentence structure. Be sure to be grateful, modest, and straightforward. Don’t beat around the bush, or try to be “funny.” This is a serious event, and your speech is one of the last things that people are going to remember you by. Do it up right.
2. Thank those who deserve to be thanked
There’s a long list of people to thank, so start brainstorming. In general, you speech should include heartfelt thank yous to:
- Whoever organized and planned your wedding
- The bride’s family and friends
- Your family and friends
- People who brought you gifts
- Bridesmaids and best men
- Everyone else who attended your wedding
You’re surely going to have personal thank yous to give to these very important people, and this is the time to tell them all how much you appreciate them.
3. Cherish the memories
Tell everyone how you met your wife, and all the cute stories that led up to your love and life together. Tell everyone real life examples of how you knew she was the one you wanted to be with. Don’t be generic, and don’t include anything too graphic, cryptic, or picking on your wife to be. Be exceptionally candid about how much you love your new wife and lover, without boring everyone to sleep or making anyone uncomfortable.
4. Prepare for new ones
Your sure to have feelings about the rest of your life, give a few sentences about what you and your wife are going to accomplish together. Maybe you want to start a family, go on a trip, or spend some time hand in hand growing old together- it’s up to you to get the tears going.
5. Establish your love, then hand off the mic
At this point, everyone knows that you’re grateful that they showed up, and that you love your new wife. Finish your speech something like this:
“And to many more years with my new wife and lifelong love.”
You’re sure to have them eating out of the palm of your hand.
At this point, you’ve kept your speech orderly, streamlined to the point, and established your gratitude and feelings. Hand it off to your best man, or drop the mic, it’s up to you.
After your speech is over, grab your favorite mixed drink and your new wife, because it’s time to party.