Crafting a wedding speech can feel like a daunting task, especially when you’re the bride and all eyes are on you already. However, if you can possibly bring yourself to do so, making a Wedding Speech is a beautiful opportunity for you as the Bride to express your love, gratitude, and excitement on your special day.
With a little guidance, you’ll be able to write a heartfelt and memorable speech that will leave a lasting impression on your guests.
The Bride’s speech offers a chance to speak from the heart and express your deepest emotions. You can share personal stories, memories, and moments that showcase your love for your partner. It’s a time to reminisce about the journey that led you to this day and the joyous moments you’ve shared together. Be specific about your adventures together, string along little anedotes (funny stories), things that have happened on travels, mistakes made and learned from, and friends who have been a part of it all.
Gratitude and appreciation
Take this opportunity to express your heartfelt gratitude to your spouse, family, and friends. Thank them for their love, support, and for being a part of your special day. Share how their presence and contributions have made a difference in your life. You can make all the guests feel welcomed and give your appreciation to them for celebrating with you, and give your thanks to the most important people (which might include each set of parents, possibly step-parents or grandparents too; your wedding party, and anyone else who helped you; and any children you and your groom already have.)
While there may have also been many helpful professionals who brought your Big Day together, your speech isn’t really the time to thank them – you don’t want to make this a tedious list of thanks, but rather a small acknowledgement of appreciation.
Words of love and promises
Make your person feel special – let your partner know how much they mean to you by speaking words of love and affection. Use this platform to make promises for your future together, reinforcing the vows you exchanged. Express your commitment to be their partner through thick and thin, to support and cherish them unconditionally. Instead of trying to write this in one sitting, use your wedding planner book or our couple’s journal to make notes along the way, write down each time they make you laugh or do something nice for you, or any time you remember something you really appreciate about them.
Making the Bride’s Speech Funny
If humour comes naturally to you, your speech is likely to be funny too, and your guests are the ones who know and love you best (so they’ll definitely laugh along with you). If you struggle to tell personal anecdotes, consider including some funny quotes or sweet sayings:
- “The secret to a good marriage is to be a little deaf.” — Ruth Bader Ginsburg
- “If at first you don’t succeed…try doing it the way your wife told you.” — Unknown
- “The secret to a happy marriage remains a secret.” — Henny Youngman
- “A successful marriage requires falling in love many times—always with the same person.” — Mignon McLaughlin (this one’s in our ‘I still do‘ anniversary journal)
- “To keep your marriage brimming with love in the loving cup, whenever you’re wrong, admit it; whenever you’re right, shut up.” — Ogden Nash
Practical Tips to Writing the Bride’s Wedding Speech
Now that you understand the significance of your speech, let’s dive into some practical tips on how to write an exceptional Bride’s speech:
- Plan your speech: Before you begin writing, outline the key points and messages you want to convey. This will help you organize your thoughts and ensure a well-structured speech. Consider including an opening, main points, and a heartfelt conclusion.
- Start with a captivating opening: Begin your speech with a captivating opening that grabs the audience’s attention. You can start with a meaningful quote, a personal anecdote, or a reflection on your journey as a couple. Set the tone for your speech and let your genuine emotions shine through.
- Share personal stories and memories: Make your speech personal by sharing stories and memories that highlight your relationship and your partner’s qualities. Talk about the moments that made you fall in love or the experiences that have strengthened your bond. Be authentic and let your love story unfold.
- Express gratitude and appreciation: Take a moment to express gratitude to your partner for their love, support, and companionship. Acknowledge their efforts in planning the wedding and express how much it means to have them by your side. Thank your families and loved ones for their presence and contributions.
- Speak from the heart: The most powerful speeches come from the heart. Be genuine in your words and let your emotions guide you. Your speech should reflect your love and admiration for your partner. Don’t worry about finding the perfect words—focus on expressing your true feelings.
- Keep it concise: Remember to keep your speech concise and within a reasonable time frame. Aim for a speech that lasts around five minutes to ensure your guests stay engaged. Focus on the key points and trim any unnecessary details
Just a tip, you’re not the MC, it’s not up to the Bride to remind guests of the social media policy, let them know when the cake is coming, or ask them to sign the Guest Book – ask one of the Wedding Party to do this for you if you don’t have an MC.
Writing your Bride’s speech is an opportunity to share your love, gratitude, and excitement with your loved ones. Embrace the moment, speak from the heart, and create a speech that reflects your unique journey. With careful planning, heartfelt words, and a touch of authenticity, your Bride’s speech will be a cherished memory for years to come.
Remember, it’s not about being perfect; it’s about expressing your love and making a meaningful connection with your audience. Enjoy this special moment and celebrate the start of your beautiful journey together.