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How We Write a Bride Speech
Why the need for a speech?
You're the star of the show! Front and center of your guests' attention all day, you'll have everyone eager to hear from you by the time you take the microphone. The bride doesn't have to give a speech, traditionally speaking. But, why not? Your guests want to hear from you. They are on your journey with you. They want to hear about your love for your new husband, and this is your opportunity to convey your feelings towards your audience.
How we write a Bride Speech
We generally follow the structure below when creating a Bride Speech. Similar to the Groom speech, we love to focus on your relationship, your heartfelt feelings about your new husband, and recognition of hosts and others who have helped with preparations. Tick these boxes and you’ll do fine, but if you also organize it correctly and deliver it really well, you’ll have your audience singing your praises all evening.
Before putting pen to paper, think about what may appropriate for your audience. Think about who will be there and what they might want to hear. Remember - a speech is for the listener, not the speaker. Do you have a conservative audience? They may not respond well to coarse language and questionable jokes. Though, this may hit the spot for a bunch of friends in a casual setting. Try to keep it fun and heartfelt and add your personal twist. But, just make sure your speech also suits the tastes of your guests.
Another thought before writing your speech - think about what message you are trying to send with the speech. It’s too easy for most to simply write something “because they have to” without thinking about what they want guests to think of the speech. Obviously, you’ll want to please your guests and husband, but consider getting more specific. Understanding this will ensure you send a clear message with your speech, and it will help you to come up with ideas.
Opening and Welcome
Welcome your guests, and consider launching straight into a comment or a story about the wedding or your husband, a question, a historical fact about the date of your wedding, or an opinion about the event. This will pique the interest of your audience and have them thinking, “Hmm, didn’t expect this. What’s going to happen next?”. We like to grab the audience's attention immediately and have them wanting more.
How We First Met
Tell a story about how you met your groom. This will start your guests on the journey of your love story. People love origin stories. Feel free to get creative with this story so it captivates your audience.
Why I Chose Him
Ensure your guests remember what is undoubtedly part of your central theme - your love for your husband. Talk about what you admire most about him. Describe what feelings, qualities, and events have led you to this point.
Our Family and Friends
Part one of the formalities. Acknowledge and thank your in-laws our side of the family for their contributions to the wedding day and your life generally is a must. This could include their support for the relationship, assistance with wedding preparations, or help with everyday life. Also - throw in a story about the time you first met your in-laws, how your friends organized the date with the groom, or another interesting story relating to your family and friends. This will keep your audience's interest at a peak through humor and sincerity.
The Bridal Party
On the home stretch! Finishing with compliments and acknowledgments towards the bridal party and how they have helped with the wedding will ensure all of the expected formalities are covered.
Finish up with a quote, a final thank you to family and friends, and/or a final comment about your husband and your marriage will round off your speech. And, let's not forget a toast!
Consider how you are delivering your speech. There may be times in your speech that you should vary your tone and volume, and times you should use gestures. These tools will help to get maximum impact, so consider this when you write your speech. For more on how to deliver a Bride Speech, check out our Resources page.
At SpeechForm, we believe your efforts to write your Bride Speech is not to just “get it done”, but to make the speech enjoyable, memorable, and one that has people approaching you to sing their praises for your speech. After all, you will have put in a lot of effort. There is something special about making an impact on your audience when you thought your sole job was just to “get through it”. Make sure to include the above points so that the audience gets what they expect from your speech. And always ask yourself - what am I trying to achieve with this speech? Keep that in mind as you develop your content.
Remember to rehearse. This is a performance. The more you develop your speech and rehearse, the greater the impression you will make. Confidence through a well-written speech is great, but using your voice and your body effectively only comes through practice.
Get it right, and you will leave a lasting impression that your audience will remember long after the wedding.
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