Your Groom Speech, 5 Ideas That Will Make The Introduction A Success
I have listened to quite a few groom’s speeches, and there often seems to be a moment of uncertainty and hesitation by the groom. This is a mistake you should not make.
Let us start with a few universal tips for presenting any speech at a wedding ceremony.
– Keep it simple, clear, and straight forward
– Keep it short. 3 to 4 minutes will be enough
– Write down your major points on a piece of paper or a card
– Smile at the members of your audience. This is a happy occasion.
– Be sure not to look grim and funeral-like.
– Speak loudly and clearly. Maintain your voice so everyone can hear. If there’s a microphone, use it.
Do Not Do These
– Don’t mumble
– When speaking, do not look down or stare at the ceiling
– Don’t write out the entire speech. You only need some thoughts to keep you going from one point to the next.
There are two basic things that many men fear most: commitment, and public speaking. While this article won’t help you with the first one, it can be assumed that since you’re getting married, you’ve already overcome the commitment issue. So, that leaves public speaking, and it’s a lot easier than you probably think.
Here are five things you should include in the groom speech for it to be considered successful –
– Be pleasant. Say nice, complimentary things about your new bride.
– No jokes, unless they are of a positive nature. Remember, you have a honeymoon coming up, your wife’s family, and the rest of your life to consider. Humor can play an significant part in any speech, therefore, we will review this topic in greater detail in other articles.
– Do thank your new wife’s family. You will probably be involved with them the rest of your marriage, so you do want to start off on the right foot.
If you do not like your wife’s family, just thank them for being supportive and move along with your speech.
If you do like your wife’s family, then express your fondness for them. Then thank them for inviting you into their family.
If there was any monetary contribution offered by your bride’s family, now is the proper moment to say thank you for their support.
– Next, you can thank friends and family for coming to share this day with you and to celebrate your wedding.
– Next, you will want to thank the Father of the Bride.
Your grooms speech is presented right after the Father of the Bride speech, which traditionally comes first.
This makes it so you can play off his speech and continue by thanking him for his words of support; then begin your speech right after him.
Here is an Example
“Thank you, Robert, for words of support. I am proud and honored to be your new son-in-law. I look forward to living up to your expectations. I’d like to also thank my mother-in-law, Janice, who has always made me feel like a member of the family from the first time we met, and for helping make our beautiful wedding and reception a success. I’d like to say thank you to both of you for allowing me to marry your beautiful daughter, Sylvia.”
With this brief excerpt, you have accomplished a great deal: You have thanked the bride’s family, acknowledged their contribution to the wedding, spoken favorably about your new bride, and presented yourself like an all around great guy to the audience. And, that was only an introduction to your groom speech.