Read our advice and make a perfect speech.
1. Do not use profanity
There will no doubt be small (and sensitive) ears in the
audience, so be sure to avoid excessive and extreme bad language.
2. Do not recall drunken nights together
Unless there’s a very good story involved, endless
tales of inebriated antics get boring pretty quickly.
3. Do not include any sexual anecdotes
We find the ‘Grandma Rule’ particularly helpful here: if you
wouldn’t be happy for your grandmother to hear that particular
story about you, then back to the speech-writing drawing board you
4. Avoid name-calling or any derogatory
If you’re a father-of-the-bride, childhood terms of endearment
are totally fine. The same applies for best men who remember silly
school nicknames. Aliases acquired from misdemeaners with partners
past? Not so much.
5. Do not speak ill of the family
An obvious one that needs little explanation.
6. Avoid racist remarks and jokes
Again: need we say more?
7. Refrain from long-winded stories that have no
A beginning with a few quick anecdotes, a middle with one
brilliant story, and a meaningful ending is enough. Also, if you do
one thing, be sure to avoid the wedding speech horror-of-horrors:
the open mike night.
8. Keep focus and aim not to blabber
Finding the perfect length for your wedding speech is one of the
trickiest aspects to nail down. If you get bored writing it, or
even reading it back, it’s time to cut, cut, cut. Stick to a
handful of brilliantly-chosen stories rather than rambling on
This Is Your Life-style.
9. Never mention any anecdotes of the couple
Talk about putting a dampner on a couple’s wedding
10. Try not to include incredibly embarrassing
A few well-chosen squirm-inducing stories are, of course,
encouraged, but anything truly defamatory should stay with you till