Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Groom Speech Survival Guide

Wedding speeches will be a central part of your reception. If you have been asked to make a speech, and don't know where to start, then this groom wedding speech survival guide is for you!

The groom's wedding speech is a big deal and definitely nerve-wracking for any groom who dreads public speaking - and that's basically most guys. In fact, many grooms are shocked to learn that as part of 'the whole wedding thing', they are required to rent or buy tuxedos, pick out grooms mens gifts, and make a wedding speech. Many don't prepare, or don't really know where to start, and thus there are plenty of stories of grooms embarrassing themselves in front of family, friends and fathers-in-law.
5 Things To Help You Make a Better Groom's Speech:

  • First, Practice, Practice, Practice is the name of the game. Just 5 times before you actually deliver the speech will give you the wedding speech-equivalent of muscle memory.
  • Outline - just outline! - a wedding speech that has a beginning, middle and end.
  • Breathe, man! As your walking up to the podium, take a big deep breath. Just before you begin to speak, take another. It will get your racing heart under control.
  • Your groom wedding speech is only a couple of minutes long. The objective of your speech is different that your best man's speech.
  • Imagine that everyone in the audience is naked. Just kidding. More importantly, look up from your notes. Don't look the audience members in the eyes as that will make you nervous. Look through the audience members, not focusing on any one person.
  • Your speech will end with a toast to the bride. The groom's wedding toast is not as difficult as it might seem. With your wedding toast, be - and sound like - yourself.
  • Finally, the biggest suggestion we can make - is to either write out your speech long-hand, or prepare bullet points. But never, ever, Off-the-Cuff

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