As the groom, your wedding day is a special and momentous occasion. It’s a day to celebrate the love that you and your partner share, and to declare your commitment to each other in front of your friends and family. It’s also a day when you’ll have the opportunity to deliver the groom wedding speech to your guests, expressing your gratitude and sharing your thoughts and feelings about this important event.
If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed about what to say in your groom’s speech, don’t worry. Here are some tips and ideas that I have picked up from involved in over 500 weddings to help you create a heartfelt and memorable speech that will make your partner and your guests feel truly special.
Getting started with your perfect groom’s speech
Firstly remember everyone in the room is on your side and to get started easily I believe that having the opening line ready is a great icebreaker and a way to ease into the speech. Starting with the tried and tested “On behalf of my wife and I …” (pause & wait for the big cheer and applause!) is a brilliant start to any groom speech. It gets the first line out of the way and always gets reaction from then crowd right of the bat and you know you are on a winner.
Family & Friends
Next, start by expressing your gratitude to the people who have made this day possible. This might include your parents, who have supported you and your partner throughout your relationship, as well as the members of your wedding party who have helped you plan and prepare for the big day. You could also thank your partner’s parents, as well as any other family members or friends who have played an important role in your relationship.
Don’t forget your partner in your speech!
Next, take a moment to talk about your partner. This is your chance to show your love and affection for them in front of your guests. You could share a story or memory that illustrates why you fell in love with them, or you could simply express how happy and lucky you feel to have them in your life. Whatever you choose to say, make sure that your words are genuine and heartfelt.
You can also use your speech as an opportunity to talk about your future plans as a married couple. This might include discussing your shared goals and dreams, or sharing your excitement about starting this new chapter of your lives together. You could also mention any special plans or trips that you have in the works, or any other milestones that you’re looking forward to achieving as a married couple.
Finish on a Toast
Finally, don’t forget to toast to the people who are most important to you. This might include your partner, of course, but you could also toast to your parents, your wedding party, and any other guests who have played a special role in your life. To make your toast truly memorable, you could include a quote or a bit of wisdom that speaks to the significance of this moment.
How long should the speech be?
There is no set length for a groom wedding speech. The length of your speech will depend on a number of factors, including the size of your audience, the amount of time allotted for speeches at your wedding, and the amount of content you have to share. However, as a general rule of thumb, a groom’s speech should be around 5-8 minutes long. This should provide enough time for you to express your gratitude, share your thoughts and feelings, and toast to your guests, without dragging on for too long. Remember, the goal is to deliver a heartfelt and meaningful speech, not to give an exhaustive account of your relationship. Keep your speech concise and focused, and your guests will be sure to appreciate it.
Print out speech or read from phone?
There are several benefits to writing out your speech rather than relying on your phone.
First, writing out your speech allows you to organize your thoughts and ideas in a clear and coherent manner. When you write out your speech, you can take the time to carefully craft each sentence and paragraph, ensuring that your message is clear and easy to understand. This can be especially helpful if you’re feeling nervous or anxious about delivering your speech, as a written speech can provide a sense of structure and stability and a printed sheet is more substantial to hold.
Second, writing out your groom wedding speech can also help you to remember what you want to say. When you write out your speech, you can review it as many times as you need to in order to commit it to memory. This can be especially helpful if you’re worried about forgetting your lines or getting tongue-tied during your speech.
Third, writing out your speech allows you to make edits and revisions as needed. If you’re using your phone to deliver your speech, it can be difficult to make changes on the fly. However, with a written speech, you can easily make changes and adjustments as needed, ensuring that your speech is polished and perfect.
Overall, while using your phone to deliver a speech can be convenient, writing out your speech has a number of benefits that can help you to deliver a more effective and memorable speech – last but not least it simply looks better!
Here’s my top 5 tips to keep the nerves away during the groom wedding speech portion.
- Practice your speech out loud beforehand to become comfortable with the words and flow.
- Take slow, deep breaths to help calm your nerves.
- Remind yourself that it’s okay to be nervous, and that your guests are there to support you.
- Have the speeches before your meal – if you are nervous this means you can enjoy your dinner after!
- Remember to speak slowly, clearly, and confidently. This will help to project your voice and ensure that your audience can hear and understand what you’re saying. It will also help you to project confidence and control, which can help to reduce any nervousness or anxiety.
Overall, the key to delivering a great groom’s speech is to be sincere, heartfelt, and genuine. Your words should reflect your love and appreciation for your partner, and they should also express your excitement and anticipation for the future. With these tips in mind, you can create a speech that will be truly memorable for both you and your guests.
Here’s an example of one of my wedding films to get an idea of how I incorporate Wedding Speeches into my Wedding Videography Films
Finally remember that everyone is on your side, enjoy it, and most importantly just don’t forget to mention your partner!
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