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Tips To The Bride: Writing Your Wedding Speech

Who says the groom speaks for the couple?!

Nowadays, couples are constantly creating new and exciting traditions – adding in unique twists to make their wedding standout! One of these is the bride’s wedding speech, which we absolutely love. Why shouldn’t the bride get up and shout a few woops! bride laughing during speeches
By Lawson Photography

The bride’s speech isn’t an old tradition, so there’s no ‘correct’ place for it to go. We think going at the start of all the speeches, (before any tears!) can work well and allows you to listen to the other speeches and not worry about yours– but this is your wedding, so feel free to take over all the speeches if you want. Worried about what to say? Don’t be, this is your moment to shine! But here’s a list packed with pointers – just to make sure your speech is top notch: high fiving guests
By Miki Photography

1) You should start by thanking the guests for coming and for the gifts that you look forward to opening (yaaaaay!).

2) Proceed to the bridal party. You should point out how helpful your bridesmaids were; maybe even refer to a near mishap which was averted due to a quick-thinking bridesmaid (this is guaranteed to make your guests chuckle). And obviously tell them how stunning they look – bonus points. And tell the best man to be nice in his speech – warning points!

3) If you had a flower girl or a pageboy, it is a great idea to give them a special mention in your speech, they are certain to feel special and love the attention. And their cuteness will get you some extra ‘awwwwww’s’. flower girl twirling in white dress
By Weddings Vintage

4) You may choose to remember those family members that passed away. This is an emotional topic, so think carefully before you decide on including this in your speech. Alternatively, you can delegate this to the groom, but maybe not the best man!

5) It’s great to spend a bit of time talking about your and your beloved’s families. They most probably helped you in a million big and small ways and will love the special mention. Pick some anecdotes and stories about your family and thank your new in-laws for warmly welcoming you into their family – brownie points from your new family!

6) Lastly (and most importantly!), you might want to talk about your beloved. How you fell in love with each other, how both of you have grown and changed thanks to each other. This is an opportunity to declare your love publicly, which, cheesy as it may be, is still pretty awesome!

7) Most importantly, enjoy your moment; there is no pressure on you, so just speak from the heart.

Sneaky tool: Calculate how long your speech will take to read –! bride reading her speech from ipad
By Jamie Bott Wedding Photography

Happy Speech-ing!

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