A wedding is a special event between two people who want to share their joy and happiness with those closest to them. Planning a successful wedding and reception can be a daunting task and it seems there are ever so many responsibilities for the couple wanting to wed. While most of the duties are customarily handled by the bride and her family or a bridal planner if you are lucky enough to have one, but the groom is tasked with writing and delivering memorable Groom Speeches to be delivered directly after the father of the bride finishes his speech at the beginning of the reception.
In order to carry out this duty it is important to remember the etiquette of the ceremony and keep your words and your tone in line with the occasion. Consider the overall theme of the wedding when deciding how to write your speech. Will the reception be a bawdy party scene or a solemn and thoughtful event? Humor of course can be used in either application, but the types of jokes deemed acceptable will vary greatly.
Start out your Groom Speech by acknowledging the father of the bride and his speech. Thank everyone for attending and personal thanks to people who made a special effort to be there is always nice. Thank all of the people who worked so hard to make the day special and individual recognition is acceptable as long as you are not long winded about it. Remember that your audience will likely get bored if all you do is thank each person for their part.
Words of appreciation for the bride’s family are in order, as you want to thank her parent’s for raising such a lovely woman. If there is a funny story to relate about the first meeting with her parents you can include it at this point, but keep in mind that off-color stories might make your speech memorable in the wrong way! Remember to say some lovely words about your bride and follow up with a toast to the bridesmaids and maid of honor.
Wind up your speech by thanking your best man and groomsmen if you had them, for all of their support and encouragement. Once you have finished your remarks you will pass the microphone to the best man for his speech.
Practice your Groom Wedding Speech in front of a mirror until you feel comfortable, but don’t forget to write your speech down and bring it with you. You may feel that you can remember everything you want to say, but your wedding day can be a stressful one, and it is better to be safe than sorry.