It’s totally up to you, however many brides today do get up and make a short speech at the reception.
The best part about making a wedding speech as the bride is that the wedding guests always love to hear from the Bride and you therefore have a very receptive audience.
If you think you might make a speech at your wedding but aren’t sure, make sure you have one prepared anyway. Emotion, exhaustion and a few champagnes will undoubtedly give way to nerves and tears so unless you are a seasoned public speaker, be prepared.
Speak from your heart. A speech that is meaningful and honest and mentioning the people most important in your life is never boring.
Thanks you wedding guests for being there and how much it means to you that they are here to support you on your wedding day.
Speak to your parents, who have raised you and guided you…and who may have paid for some, if not all of your wedding. Thank them for their support and help.
Speak to anyone who is particularly close to you, your brother, sister, godparent or best friend and talk of why they have been so important in your life.
Speak to your husband’s family, your new parents, brothers and sisters in-law and tell them how happy you are to be joining the family and that you are looking forward to sharing future celebrations together.
Tell your wedding guests how excited you are to be marrying such a wonderful person, then turn to your groom (even if the tears have taken over) and look him right in the eye and tell him how happy you are and how much you love him.
Remember, your wedding guests know you; they are here to celebrate with you. If you feel overwhelmed and emotional don’t worry, any outpouring of affection will be well received. I guarantee it !
If you do decide you want to make a speech but are worried that you might forget to include someone special or that your speech may be boring. Here are some suggestions.
One suggestion is to read through your guest list and highlight anyone you would like to make mention of. This may include people that have travelled long distances to be there, and the people who have contributed to making your day special. Other people to consider are; the reception staff, DJ, MC and photographer and of course your brilliant celebrant, even if I am not there. Of course you should always thank both families for their support and contribution. Finally, I’m sure I don’t have to mention the most important person you should thank is….your new husband.
As with all speeches remember to breath deeply (but don’t hyperventilate) Slow right down and allow your guests to take in every word. Relax, enjoy the process and Shine !
It may help to read the Groom and the Best Mans pages as well for ideas.
If I can be of further assistance do not hesitate to contact me: https://www.yourcelebrant.com.au