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Speeches at weddings tend to go
one of two possible ways.
They can be long-winded and
boring, or they can be a highlight of
the reception, adding humour and
emotion to the day.
With public speaking one of the
most common fear in today's socie-
ty, many people struggle when
asked to deliver a speech.
However, giving a wedding
speech isn't as bad as it might seem.
There are a number of ways and
a range of tips to help you make a
memorable wedding speech.
When it comes to any form of
public speaking, be it a wedding or
a conference, the most important
thing is to know your audience.
Find out in advance what
aspects or points you need to cover.
Just as importantly, find out if
there are any awkward areas or top-
ics that you should avoid and
adjust your speech accordingly.
Knowing your audience will
help you determine what to say and
how to say it.
Don't rush your wedding
The most important rule of good
public speaking is to breathe.
Make sure the microphone is at
the right height before your start
Relax, establish eye contact with
the audience, take a deep breath,
and begin your speech.
As mentioned above, make eye
contact with your audience.
Your body language will help get
your speech across.
The best public speakers look
natural when talking to a crowd.
Remember not to slouch.
Standing up straight will help to
project your voice.
Try to look at certain individuals
when making your speech as
opposed to staring into the back
If you make eye contact with
people, your speech will be a lot
Smiling will give the impression
that you are at ease.
Your speech should be prepared
Make yourself speech cards with
large writing and print clearly.
You might even want to use a
highlighter and make pauses and
paragraphs so that you can see
these at a glance.
Aim to have your speech run
under five minutes.
If you speak for much longer
than this, your audience will prob-
ably get bored.
As soon as you have written a
draft of your speech that is the right
duration, look over it every now
and then so that you can update it.
A better option is to become
familiar with the speech so that you
will speak naturally when giving it.
Have your speech cards handy
so that you can glance at it from
time to time as a refresher.
HIGHLIGHT: Speeches can be a highlight of the wedding ceremony and the reception. PHOTO: Niche
Selecting the right celebrant or minis-
ter for your wedding will help you
both feel confident about the day.
It is becoming increasingly popu-
lar for couples to choose to exchange
vows and make the pledge to each
other with the help of a civil celebrant,
but a tradition church wedding
remains a popular choice.
Your wedding day is a day that you
will treasure forever and it is uniquely
For those who are not religious, or
who desire an out of church wedding,
a civil celebrant may offer you the
flexibility you desire away from the
Here are some things to consider:
The cost of being married by a civil
celebrant is generally around the
same price as being married by a
When choosing a civil celebrant it
is important to tell them what you
want and be confident that they can
deliver what you have in mind.
From personalised vows to incor-
porating faiths a civil celebrant may
be the alternative you have been look-
CHURCHES A CHOICE: While many couple opt to hire a civil celebrant, a
church wedding is still a popular choice. PHOTO: Niche Photographics.
The right tone
for your day
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