Wedding speeches

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17,911 posts

196 months

Wednesday 23rd November 2011
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As some of you will know, I'm getting married next year. Amongst the many preparations, I've been looking up some speech related information - for example, delivery. I refuse point black to lift any of the content from the web as no doubt it's been done a thousand times before.

Whilst on one website I decided to read through some of those submitted. My word, some are truly st and full of cliches, comments and jokes that make you cringe just reading them. I'm sure to some people they're meaningful but I doubt it somehow.

If you want to see what I mean take a look:

http://www.hitched.co.uk/speeches/samples/samplesp...

dmulally

5,754 posts

158 months

Wednesday 23rd November 2011
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What are you? Gay?

Just get drunk and wing it. What could possibly go wrong? biggrin

Tom_C76

1,923 posts

166 months

Wednesday 23rd November 2011
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I'm not daft enough to get married, but on both occasions I've been a best man I've made the speech from a list of 4 bullet points, on the second occasion genuinely written on a beermat 30mins before the ceremony... Winging it is clearly the way forward.

Deva Link

26,934 posts

223 months

Wednesday 23rd November 2011
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The snag with winging it is if it's a pretty traditional wedding then then there's a fairly set agenda for the speeches and there's a danger you'll ps off people if you don't follow it.

The only decent real-life wedding speech I've ever heard was the one my FIL did at my wedding, and that was 30 years ago. But he's one of those people who can effortlessly command a room. Speaking after him was pretty nerve wracking!

TonyHetherington

32,087 posts

228 months

Wednesday 23rd November 2011
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Winging it;

My cousin, 10yrs ago. Glorious wedding, no expense spared, as traditional and over the top as a white wedding can get. Stunning location for the reception.

Him (the groom's) speech;

"Thanks everyone for coming, now let's get pissed"

And he sat down.

Do NOT wing it.

Blue62

6,879 posts

130 months

Wednesday 23rd November 2011
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Do not 'wing it' unless you crave the sound of air being inhaled through clenched buttocks, for all but the best natural speakers, improvisation is not an option. Get a couple of decent books and weave the best lines into your own and rehearse it to death.

M001

1,186 posts

206 months

Wednesday 23rd November 2011
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Many years ago my boss was at a wedding with his work colleagues.

The best man, clearly hammered, stood up and said,

"I just have one thing to say.......b@ll@cks" and then sat down again.