What's in a speech?

It's a great honour being able to share the way you feel about someone with others, so express yourself eloquently.

  • Story by Words Paulette Crowley

It's a great honour being able to share the way you feel about someone with others, so express yourself eloquently.

Order of speeches

It’s important to know the difference between a speech and a toast – generally a toast comes at the end of a speech. If you have a rehearsal dinner, then this is an ideal time and place for the father of the groom to make a speech and toast. At the reception, speeches usually begin with and are directed by a master of ceremonies, who first welcomes guests and introduces the bridal party.

Word to the wise

With any public speaking it’s important to remember a few key points. Write your speech out but don’t attempt to recite it verbatim. Instead, try to become familiar with it, and consider writing key phrases in large writing on speech cards to refer to.

With thanks

Thanking and honouring your friends and family is important but be careful not to go too far. Be personal and creative while sharing defining moments of our relationship with guests. Keep your language and sentiment simple.


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