With news that Meghan Markle will be making a speech at the royal wedding reception on Saturday, is it time to say goodbye to the age-old tradition of letting the men do the talking?
The royal wedding countdown is on, and it’s reported that after the ceremony at Windsor Castle, Meghan Markle will stand up in front of 800 guests and make a speech dedicated to her new husband, Prince Harry.
The actress will be the first royal bride to break from tradition by delivering a speech at her wedding reception – and while it’s completely unheard of in the royal circuit, it turns out it’s pretty rare in the public wedding circuit, too.
In fact, a 2016 YouGov poll revealed that only 16% of those surveyed believe that the bride should give a speech at her wedding, in contrast with the 51% who thought the groom should do the talking.
Should more brides be making wedding speeches?
So is it time for women to stand up and be heard? Professional speech writers Great Speech Writing certainly think so, and are now campaigning for change, advocating an equal voice for women at weddings.
“A wedding is a celebration of two people’s love,” says Lawrence Bernstein, founder of Great Speech Writing. “The guests tend to be drawn equally from both families. The costs are increasingly shared too. Surely its only fair that both sides should get a chance to express themselves?”
“Some of our very best wedding speeches are given by brides, bridesmaids, and mums of the bride and groom. Surely these should cease to be the exception to the rule?”
Only 5% of the wedding speech enquiries received by Great Speech Writing are from a bride, mother of a bride, bridesmaid or maid of honour. But with Ms Markle as a role model for many, it’s now hoped that more women will be inspired to follow in her footsteps.
With seven seasons of Suits behind her, at least Meghan shouldn’t have trouble remembering her lines!