Couples choose a relative, friend or close someone to participate in their wedding day with wedding speeches and readings that make the moment special. These small elements of the wedding day make for some of the most memorable and meaningful parts of the occasion. These tips for wedding speeches and wedding readings should help make your ceremony and reception unforgettable.
Three Main Wedding Speeches
There are three main wedding speeches that are given during the course of the wedding day, which are given by the best man, the father of the bride and the groom. Traditionally, the father of the bride starts off the speeches just before dinner is served. This father of the bride speech welcomes guests to the reception, tells a heartfelt story, and closes with a toast to the couple. When the father of the bride is not available to participate, this important role can be delegated to the mother of the bride, another family member or the bride herself.
The groom offers his special speech following dinner. This provides some separation between wedding speeches and the emotional impact that each one provides. The most important reason for giving this speech after dinner is that this speech is designed to be a thank you speech. Instead of welcoming guests, the groom thanks all those that made the day possible, by acknowledging each special person involved. The groom usually tells a special story about his bride and makes a very special toast to her. It is tradition that he follows with a toast to the bridesmaids.
Just after the groom’s speech, the best man makes his special toast. The best man’s speech is usually aligned with the groom’s speech in a way that it provides a response or picks up where he left off. He might make a cute comment related to the story told by the groom or simply thank the groom for allowing him to fill the shoes of the best man on such a momentous occasion. The purpose of best man wedding speeches is to congratulate the groom and his bride. Following the congratulations, the best man will talk about his relationship with the groom and sometimes mention a slightly embarrassing story when it can be told in good taste. However, embarrassing the groom is not required and is probably best without.
Not everyone is a master wordsmith, and writing can be challenging when there is such an emotional attachment to the subject matter. It can be difficult to find the perfect words that the perfect moment deserves. Slideshows and short videos can make the speech a little easier, especially for a nervous speaker. If you are considering slideshows or video, make sure to bring the appropriate A/V equipment to the reception. Practice your speech prior to the delivery. If you need assistance with wedding speeches, you can always seek a professional wedding writer for assistance.
The type of ceremony you hold will make most of the decisions about the type of wedding readings on your special day. Religious weddings usually have a pre-chosen reading. Sometimes churches have a prescribed wedding program for couples getting married in the church, which consists of passages and scriptures from religious text. Classic readings that are not governed by religion provide room for creativity and are all about love and marriage. If your wedding traditions allow, research romantic wedding readings for inspiration. It does not have to be Shakespeare. Find your favorite writer, poet or book, and find the passages that make the moment magical.
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