5 speech stories to inspire the best speech!
It’s always good to hear real wedding speech stories for a little inspiration before the big day! How do you want to make your audience feel with the words that you speak? We asked the Speechy experts to tell us about some of their favourite speech stories!
The SURPRISING speech
We love hearing a speech from someone who isn’t part of the usual line up. One couple asked the bride’s 84 year old grandad to say a few words. They didn’t want him to get stressed about giving a formal speech so simply asked him to reveal his top five tips for a happy marriage. On the day he made everyone smile with a perfect mix of cheek, insight and nonsense. One of his tips included ‘no number twos in front of each other’. Even the best man couldn’t have gotten away with that!
The FUNNY speech
Of course the most memorable speeches are the funny ones. One of the funniest speeches we’ve heard was a head-to-head between the best man and maid of honour where they debated who had lost the better friend. The bride and groom were then pitted against each other in different categories like ‘drinking ability’, ‘DIY skills’ and ‘comedic appearance’. It was a great concept and the speech was excellently written. The fact the best man and maid of honour couldn’t stop laughing throughout the speech only added to the comedy.
The HEARTFELT speech
There’s nothing nicer than a simple but heartfelt father of the bride speech. We don’t want dads gushing about their daughter’s flute playing skills at primary school but we do love to hear about the bond between a dad and his daughter. One of the sweetest we’ve heard was less than three minutes long but it was clearly written from the heart.
The REVEALING speech
We love speeches which let everyone in on a secret. One bride got everyone smiling (and a few people crying) when, during her speech, she called a waiter over, requested a cheese toastie with peanut butter and revealed to the guests that she was three months pregnant.
Obviously conceiving is a bit much when it comes to gathering good content for your speech but we’ve also enjoyed other revealing speeches. A classic was the groom who confessed to his in-laws that he’d been seeing their daughter for six months prior to them knowing. He then amused the audience with tales of his undercover antics, even managing to get the in-laws laughing too!
The SPONTANEOUS speech
We’ve been to a couple of weddings which haven’t had any formal speeches but have been inspired by countries where everyone is welcomed to give a toast throughout the meal.
It’s a fun idea which allows everyone to get involved without anyone feeling under pressure. People can choose to be sentimental or funny but every speech is short and sweet. It always leaves us smiling!
If you would like further help and advice with your wedding day speeches on a personal level that will create lasting memories, the scriptwriting experts at speechy are on hand to write with you!
| Dan Morris Photography | Neil Pollock Photography | Martin Bulmer Photography