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Best man speech - a harsh lesson?

23rd October 2021
I recently heard back from a client I was writing for that said that a particular line in the best man speech, and I quote 'wasn't harsh enough for his humour'. This is symptomatic of the approach that so many best men take, and that's thinking th...

Wedding speeches - the funny business

17th October 2021
Any speech, be it eulogy, corporate communication, leaving party or burial of  your pet goldfish, is all the better for humour. The humour in any speech gives it balance, helps to break it up, and in many cases makes it bearable. The lack of it, i...

Is there such a thing as the 2 minute Best Man Speech?

13th October 2021
Well, to be succinct, yes and no. The 2 minute best man speech is out there, but to call it a speech might be pushing the boundaries of reality a little. In the UK lot of best men don't relish the thought of speaking, and more accurately the press...

A joint groom speech?

9th October 2021
Evolution in wedding speeches is no bad thing; there is a lot of nonsense surrounding tradition that really needs to be dispensed with. A case in point is the tradition of the best man responding on behalf of the bridesmaids' toast given by the gr...

Groom speech when it's not a wedding?

7th October 2021
This title might sound confusing, but actually at the moment it's the most common groom speech I'm writing for clients. You see, many couples took the chance last year, when the pandemic struck, to get hitched whatever the scenario. That frequentl...

Father of the bride speech - how do you like your toast?

1st October 2021
Toasting is a big part of wedding speeches, and frequently it's the part that's overlooked in its detail. Usually you have 3 wedding speakers, although these days that's quickly becoming 4 or maybe even 5, and if they're all going to be making toa...

Father of the bride speech - Happy Families?

27th September 2021
Weddings are of course the coming together of two people, whose mutual love and affection means that they simply cannot with without each other; and it also brings together two families with varying degrees of love and affection. Just because your...

Father of the bride speech - emotional overload

19th September 2021
Usually when writing speeches for clients I come across two distinct types of people: those who really want to ramp up the emotion in the speech and make people cry, and those who really rather do not. There's nothing to predict what type of perso...

Father of the bride speech - the pitfalls

9th September 2021
There are many pitfalls in wedding speeches, and they're all different depending on what speech you're making. Many best men like to talk about themselves far too much, and grooms like to go into granular detail about every single usher and how wo...

Groom speech - unpaid thanks

4th September 2021
Far too many people dismiss the groom speech as just a list of thank yous. Yes, it is your job as the groom to thank and welcome people, and the thanking part is really important. It's your opportunity to say just what your parents, family, friend...

Father of the bride speech - no laughing matter?

1st September 2021
I always tell my clients that the best speeches have to do what they need to do in the most efficient way. There are no prizes for staying up there longer than necessary, and everyone will love you for not outstaying your welcome. Usually this hap...

Joint Best Man Speech - Double Trouble?

25th August 2021
Joint best man speeches are becoming more and more common. In fact, grooms are getting so carried away these days that the triple best man speech is making an appearance, and my record was at a wedding in the Middle East which involved 15 best men...
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