While it’s not all mandatory, some grooms give a speech at their wedding while others skip it altogether. However, if the groom decides on giving a speech, it needs to stand out! The speech is made on behalf of himself and his new spouse and should use the opportunity to thank people involved in the wedding preparations. It’s easy for women to prepare for a wedding, dress styles, shoes, décor and all, due to plenty of information at their disposal on Google. For men, this isn’t the case. They have sparse and scanty information to work with, and in some cases what they see isn’t what they want or doesn’t apply well to their situation. Therefore, to ease their problem, we’ve prepared a groom speech example, ideas, and advice for them.
Groom Speech Ideas
Make a promise: Of course, you’ve said your vows, but you need to make a promise to your bride to show that she married a good man. You can promise to turn up the heat or make her favorite pie. Whatever promise you make, ensure that is something she can relate to. Plus, it’s guaranteed to be a memorable moment in your speech.
Find a killer quote: It’s always a good idea when you come up with a quote that everyone will always remember. You can acknowledge the author of the quote and still get to benefit from it. There are a lot of sites to find the best quotes for grooms.
Prove, don’t tell: A heartwarming tribute to your bride should be your main focus, but remember every groom thinks his bride is gorgeous, kind and generally amazing. The only way to stand out is by proving it. Recount a few instances that show your bride’s qualities in action.
Groom Speech Advice
Considering the amount of work done to make your big day perfect, you need a speech that shows appreciation and happiness. Here are a few hacks to help you nail it as the groom.
Focus on your wife: We know you love your best man and you want to talk crap about him in front of lots of people. But remember what your wedding is about. It should be about you and your wife. Fewer jokes, more love.
Say thank you as a couple: Normally, most grooms start their speech by thanking their guests for coming and thanking everyone involved in the preparation. However, you should ask your wife if she wants to thank somebody and make sure you speak for both of you.
Use humor, but not too much: Don’t force any type of humor, let it flow naturally. It should be a balance of serious and heartfelt with some humor in it. This isn’t the moment to make jokes at the bride’s expense or do 10 minutes of standup comedy.
Be nice to your in-laws: Don’t forget to thank your father-in-law for his words of wisdom after his speech. Then thank both parents for allowing you to marry their beautiful daughter. At that moment, you should tell the bride how stunning she looks.
Groom Speech Example
“My speech today will be like a mini-skirt. Long enough to cover the essentials and short enough to hold your attention. Apparently, it’s my job to do all the thank you’s, so on behalf of my lovely new wife and I, the biggest thank-you goes to all of you for coming. The day would not have been the same without you and neither would my bank balance! But on a serious note, it is lovely to see so many of you here. Particularly those of you who have had to travel many miles. Amy and I would like to thank our parents for all the love and support both emotional and financial they have given us. And a special thank-you to Vanessa who is responsible for making our fantastic wedding cake. Sharon, Sue, Vanessa, Ray, Steve We’d also like to thank Darren for his services as best man today and of course our ushers. You’ve all done a grand job. Darren, Mark, Jon, Jim, Adam That brings me onto our bridesmaids. Thank-you all for your help and for being there for Amy through the ups and downs of wedding planning! I’m sure everyone will agree that you all look stunning today. Nina, Laura, Charlotte, Kirsty, Fiona, Lillie, Jordan and Emily. Finally, I would personally like to thank my lovely wife, Amy, for having me as her husband! I read somewhere that “You don’t marry the person you can live with, you marry the person you cannot live without”. Well, we’ve lived together for five years and I know I’ve married the right person. I’m so glad I can at last call you my wife. Now all that remains is for me to say please enjoy the rest of the day…… and mine’s a foster!”
Barry Crowhurst, May 2007
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