Top Mistakes to Avoid When Giving a Wedding Speech

The list of things that can go wrong on your wedding day is endless. One or more exes on your guest list. People insisting you do a calorie count on the menu. Stag do disasters. Wedding cake not being up to standard. These are just a few of the more popular issues you may have to deal with. But let’s not forget about the wedding speech.

Delivering a great speech at your wedding is very important. This aspect of the event is usually the one that many people will remember most vividly. They wouldn’t mind your lousy dancing as much as they would mock a wedding speech failure. Avoiding that scenario is usually a matter of knowing the most common mistakes. Here they are:

Your ‘thank you’ list is gigantic – your wedding guests have spent time and money to go to your wedding. Some of them might have made special arrangements and plans to be there. And you can bet they will not be happy if you thank a ton of people and skip their name somehow. What they should hear from you instead is a speech that addresses everyone instead of particular individuals. You can thank the parents (both sets), your best man/woman and that is pretty much it. Acknowledging anyone else is an extra that most will not appreciate.

A short speech is best – ideally, you don’t want your guests to get bored. No matter how witty and funny your speech is, you should try to keep it short and concise. Many public speaking experts share the opinion that wedding speeches should not exceed the 5-minute mark, else they become a burden: to the one giving the speech and their listeners too.

Make a story – a wedding speech is not a collection of funny anecdotes, or rather it shouldn’t be. It needs to be a story with a beginning and a beautiful end. Hook people with a compelling premise, such as what you have learned about your partner. You can then end with a surprise, maybe that honeymoon you have booked for the both of you.

Don’t make a template speech – one mistake many people make with their wedding speech is following some template. This results in that you can take one wedding speech and insert it into another. The speech is supposed to be a highlight, but only if you avoid templates. Inject your personality and the emotions of the day into your words, and you will charm the audience.

Acoustics problem – if people cannot actually hear you, then it doesn’t matter what you are saying. If the venue has bad acoustics, you may want to use a microphone. Test the area first, to know where you need to stand and whether there is any problem with acoustics.

Now that you are armed with the knowledge on how to avoid the most common blunders in your wedding speech, you can sure make it a more memorable event.

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