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    Wedding Speeches – Lessons Learned from On-Screen Speeches

    So we’ve all sat through some absolute cracking wedding speeches, Those that have you dabbing at your eyes with tears of laughter or emotion, heartfelt speeches professing undying love, occasional dressing up, musical features, but we have also endured painful speeches, best men who take the jokes a step too far, dads who just want to get it over with or grooms that bring too much cheese to the table. So what makes a really good wedding speech? Our guest blogger, Richard, from Cable TV, has some great advice today illustrated by some of the best on-screen wedding moments EVER. So grab your popcorn, whatever the time, put your feet up and soak up the advice…we’re taking you to the movies…….

    Speeches at weddings can bring about a few outcomes: tears, anger, embarrassment or joy. Sit back, relax, and learn some lessons from these popular wedding-related movies. If you are ever in a position to give a speech, you will be glad you did.

     1. Be happy for the couple.

    No matter what the situation truly is, even if the man you love is marrying someone else, put your own feelings aside and just be happy for the newly married couple. Try to give them the speech you wish you could hear at your own wedding. Remember, you were asked to give a speech because the couple loves and respects you.

    My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)

    2. Make it Personal.

    Make the speech heartfelt and personal. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with the idea of creating a unique speech, don’t worry. Find out the couple’s favorite poem, Bible verse or chorus for the song and use that as the base for your speech.

    In Her Shoes (2005)

    3. Make it appropriate.

    Jokes can make or break a speech, so choose them very carefully. Know your audience and craft your speech for them. Remember, certain types of speeches are only appropriate with a certain crowd. It’s great to be funny, but not too funny. Be sweet, but not cheesy. Keep with the overall style of the couple and rehearse a bit before giving the speech. The tone can make or break the moment.

    Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

    4. Don’t try to impress anyone.

    Don’t be offended if more than one person is asked to give a speech, it’s not a competition. Instead of winging it and as a result embarrassing yourself and perhaps the couple, rehearse and think of what you want to say to the couple. Don’t try to impress anyone, just be yourself and say it from the heart.

    Bridesmaids (2011)

    5. Don’t bring up the past…….

    Never bring up the dirty past of either the bride or groom. It’s their wedding; they don’t want to be reminded of their previous poor choices. Keep the speech relevant to the couple. If you have an inside joke that they wouldn’t mind being shared, then go ahead. However, if it’s private, then it should probably be left that way.

    The Hangover: Part II (2011)

    All these movies, many frequently shown on cable.tv, can offer great inspiration for all aspects of your wedding. Take them lightly and remember to keep the speech appropriate, sweet and perhaps a little funny.

    What a fabulous treat for a Friday. Thankyou to Richard for his brilliant article. If you want to share your own favourite wedding speech moments please leave a comment. The more the merrier. Bye for now, Jenny.

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