Wedding speeches are reserved for the most important members of the wedding party and closest family and friends. If you are one of the ones expected or asked to do a wedding speech, then preparing is a must. Winging it just won’t cut it, especially when your wedding speech will be on video from now until eternity.
Here’s a quick outline for a wedding speech:
Opening: Comment about the lovely affair or about the bride and groom. You might start by stating your relationship to the couple and why they are such important people to you.
Story: Tell a short story about your interactions with the bride, groom or both.
Humor: Pick something that applies to them and is appropriate. Say something cute and funny, if it is genuine and in good taste. Make sure you have not had too much to drink and avoid a funny story that might be over the top or embarrassing.
Closing: Say something touching and meaningful. Repeat why they mean so much to you in a couple sentences.
Toast: This is where you are short and sweet. You can say something cute and relevant to the speech or just raise your glass and say, "to the beautiful couple."