Weddings: the time when many of us are expected to suddenly become expert orators, effortlessly delivering a speech that perfectly balances sentimentality and humour, memories and innuendo. We don’t feel you have to conform to all the rules, however, so we’ve thought up alternative wedding speech ideas.

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5 Alternative Wedding Speech Ideas

If like most of us, public speaking isn’t part of your day job, the traditional demands of a wedding speech might have you feeling just a little bit uneasy. Here are five of the best alternative wedding speech ideas, so you can sleep easy and speak easily when the wedding day comes.

  1. Make a video

If you feel comfortable enough to write a speech but the delivery is off-putting, a video is another alternative wedding speech idea. Get dressed up a few days beforehand and record a video of you giving your speech ahead of time. You can then play this to the bride, groom and guests at the reception, which takes the pressure off. Record your speech close to the wedding so you’ll still be feeling all the right emotions. Furthermore, you can share these heartfelt words and add a sentence or two yourself on the day to make it even more personal.

For a blow-out wedding speech video, you need to check out this Everton footballer’s best man’s video.

  1. Perform a rap

If you love a crowd and you’re a born entertainer, this is a hilarious option. A few of our real-life bridesmaids have blown us away by rapping their speeches. If you’ve got the guts to do it, you’re guaranteed to have a speech that is remembered. Not only will it be different, but it’ll also be an injection of fun into a sometimes drawn out tradition. You could group together with the groomsmen or bridesmaids if you don’t fancy going solo.

  1. Read a poem

If writing the words is what’s making you feel queasy, you’ll love poems as alternatives to the traditional wedding speech. Make a start with some of these alternative wedding readings.

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  1. Tell a story

Another solution if it’s getting the speech written that’s the sticking point for your wedding speech. Rather than start from nothing, why not open your speech with an anecdote? Talking about something that has already happened is a great place to start.  Moreover, when you get to the end of the tale you’ll be ready with more digressions, words or ideas to follow.

  1. Get the guests involved

Traditional wedding speeches have a tendency to put all the attention on the speaker. Turn tradition on its head and have the guests or even the bride and groom get involved as part of your speech. Additionally, you could have guests guess what comes next in a story about the couple. You could even turn your speech into a Mr and Mrs style quiz for the bride and groom. You’ll definitely get some laughs, without the cringe jokes too.

 

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