(Closed) SOS (Save Our Speech!)

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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3 posts
Wannabee

Hi Scarlett Spider,

Advice for a speech structure would be to split it in 3 parts.  1) Start with a opening, so perhaps, ‘I have know xxxx for xxx years and feel so honoured to be congratulating her and xx today on this very special occassion. 

2) go on to a bit of history if you know some (do you know any family members you might ask about what she was like when little, what her dreams might have been for a wedding etc etc…

3) Summary and closing – e.g. ‘X and X, we wish you all the best for the future, etc etc etc …..

Hope this helps, if you want I could look over what you have done thus far and maybe I can make some further suggestions.  Would be good if you did send it to send a bit more info on your and her backgrounds as friends….

regards

Jeannine de Sousa

PS( if you want to send it, please use my email address: [email protected]

Post # 4
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2889 posts
Sugar bee

I would agree that a 3 part structure helps to make speeches managable. I think you could fill the middle section with how you know her. It is clear that you are important to her or else she would not have asked you so talk about your relationshhip, possibly mention when you met him and how happy you are that they are married. Share a personal story but a short one (when you knew they would get married, when you and the bride had an adventure, how Darling Husband makes her a better person, etc.). I would avoid jokes that could be misunderstood and end with a sincere closing, possibly offering a blessing if that is appropriate as you mentioned they have religious connections. Kip it short and simple and deliver it with a smile on your face and I am sure you will not disappoint.

At a wedding I attended recently, the best man used an anology to describe the groom and gave an excellent speech. He talked about the groom’s character and related him to an object they shared in their bachelor apartment that he had brought with him. Think about how you could use a prop or an analogy to tie your speech together.

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