Wedding Speeches

Plan your wedding speech ahead of time so you don’t get cold feet!

The venue at Rydges Capital Hill Canberra is booked. The food has been ordered. The champagne's on ice. But a small number of the party is just beginning to panic. They are the ones giving the wedding speeches! From my experience, they may right now be desperately surfing the Internet hoping to find an instant cure for the speech they have been dreading since the date was set.

After many years of hearing wedding speeches, I have picked up a tip or two on what works and what doesn't. Here are just a few ideas to help you best prepare for delivering a knockout wedding speech:

  • Do some digging: Ask friends and family for extra insights and anecdotes. They will give you new ideas and ensure you’re providing a wedding speech relevant to your whole audience.
  • Avoid rambling: There is no perfect shape or style for a speech. You may want to take a thematic or chronological approach. But the key is brevity. Stay away from long paragraphs in favour of short, punchy, deliverable sentences.
  • Location, location, location: Find out where you’ll be standing, whether there will be a microphone, and if there will be somewhere to rest your notes. This will avoid nasty surprises that might keep you awake the night before.
  • Practise makes perfect: Rehearse it out loud over and over again, reading very slowly and emphasising key words. You want to know your wedding speech so well that you only need to glance at your notes to remember what comes next.
  • Slowly does it: When your big moment comes, speak slowly and pause between sentences. Your audience need time to digest the story before they get the punch line. So give them time to get it.

Many happy wedding speeches.

Elizabeth Notting – Rydges Capital Hill Wedding Planner

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