What to include in your groom’s speech

Groom's speech

Groom’s speech

So do you know what to include in your upcoming groom’s speech or are you overwhelmed with all that need to be said on your wedding day?

Here are a few tips on what to include in your speech to help you cope with the wedding jitters:

  • Remember that the groom’s speech is mainly to thank everyone who was involved in the wedding’s planning for jobs well done.
  • It is also to thank both your and your bride’s parents for all their help and preparations for the wedding. Also thank your bride’s parents for giving her away and include some examples of why you love her so much.
  • Thank your own parents for everything they’ve done and still do for you. Even though your parents know you love them, it is always good to hear it out loud every once in a while and what better opportunity than on your wedding day?
  • Your guests want to hear you speak from the heart, while being a little funny at times, yet sincere. Focus the next part of your speech on them. No need to thank each guest individually, but it is good etiquette to thank those guests who have made an extra effort to be at the wedding personally.
  • Now thank your wedding party, including your best man, the maid of honour, bridesmaids, groomsmen and the ring bearer. Introduce them by name and mention their support throughout the whole process of planning the wedding.
  • Give a special thanks to your best man and consider telling a funny or memorable story which indicates why you chose him to play such an important part on your wedding day.
  • Then comes the part where you need to turn to your bride and tell her how much you adore and love her. Yes, it might sound rather soppy and emotional, but the groom’s speech is designed to be a little emotional as it is not every day that you get the chance to thank everyone you love for what they mean to you. Thank your bride for saying yes when you proposed and then perhaps share a story with your guests about how you met or tell a memorable or funny tidbit of you as a couple.
  • If the bride does not give her own speech to thank her bridal party, historically the groom should end his speech with a toast to the maid of honour and the bridesmaids.

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