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Father of the bride speech - it's never 5 minutes on the day

6th March 2023
When people are thinking about and talking about speeches, there’s a tendency, for several reasons, to dismiss the speech as just 5 minutes on the day. Maybe this is because they’re trying to downplay the event in their head, because inside the th...

Best Man Speech - second time round

27th February 2023
Obviously, when a couple get married, everyone hopes that this will be forever, however, as we all know, life sometimes doesn’t work out like that. Divorce rates are running at record levels in the UK and in the US, so there’s a real chance that w...

Best Man Speech - same old story

20th February 2023
Many people think they know and understand best man speeches. In the UK, there’s an old fashioned understanding that it’s an opportunity to publicly humiliate the groom, and in the US, it’s much more of a heartfelt celebration. However, both types...

groom speech - no laughing matter?

14th February 2023
There’s a really basic equation when it comes to speeches, and that is: if you want people to listen to what you’re saying, then make it entertaining. Yes, of course the groom speech is the one time when you stand up in front of a countless people...

Father of the bride speech - for a step daughter

7th February 2023
Father of the Bride Speech: A Guide for Stepdaughters As a stepfather, you have a unique and special bond with your stepdaughter. You have been there for her throughout her life, guiding and supporting her through thick and thin. And now, as she ...

Best man speech - not the bride's biggest fan?

30th January 2023
As young men make their way through life, it’s inevitable that they will find themselves, and more importantly their judgment, at loggerheads with their friends. When you’re younger, this could be simply an alternative taste when it comes to fashi...

Groom speech - a toast to the ushers?

23rd January 2023
As I have written many times before, there are a lot of wedding traditions that seem to be slipping away, and by and large, that’s a fairly good thing. Nobody really needs to hear the best man respond to the groom’s toast to the bridesmaids, altho...

Father of the bride speech - the dating days

17th January 2023
When it comes to the subject of what you should include in a speech, and what’s inappropriate, I think the easiest way to determine that situation is just to think about everyday life. Would the bride have daily open conversation about the groom’s...

Father of the bride speech - a funny old game

11th January 2023
Many years ago, when I entered the working world, I very quickly came to the conclusion that I was ideally unsuited to communicating in a corporate way. Every time I found myself in a serious conversation or meeting, I spent most of my time thinki...

Best man speech - don't kick it down the road

4th January 2023
There weren’t many upsides to a global pandemic, but for best men all around the world, it was the most unbelievable, unexpected and glorious reprieve they could have wished for. Suddenly, out of nowhere, they had a stay of execution, and that gri...

Groom speech - a stunning surprise?

10th December 2022
It seems to me that there are a few words that only seem to make an appearance on specific special occasions. We can quite happily go our whole lives without using the word ‘brickbat’, but when a journalist uses it to describe a political strategy...

Best man speeches - permission to speak

1st December 2022
It’s no secret that best men the world over ‘enjoy’ a patchy reputation. For the most part, best man speeches are entertaining, moving and enjoyable, and a much loved part of the wedding day. However, there has always been the more miscreant eleme...
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