Wedding days are meticulously planned; from when the guests will arrive to the exact moment it becomes acceptable to have a fourth gin and tonic. Keep that same attention to detail when you plan your bridal speech, as by putting the effort in beforehand you can ensure your words both entertain and evoke in equal measure. Depending on what your future spouse has prepared in their speech (and if you haven't vetted it yet, you should!) you may want to choose from a number of formats. Some couples talk about what the day means to them, others gush about their other half, and some exchange passive aggressive remarks that just can't be held in (our favourites). Whatever style and format you require, our professionally structured speech templates have you covered.
If the groom is doing the 'thank yous'
What this day means to you
Add a special word about your mum, acknowledging her help with all the planning (examples) and the support she's given you over the years (examples) and say how proud you felt to be given away by your father (examples),
Conclude by proposing a toast to the guests (examples).
Thanking all the people who've helped you pave the way
Light-heartedly break the ice and set an amusing tone for your speech (examples).
Thank your father for his kind remarks, good wishes and for giving you away (examples).
Make a special mention of your chief bridesmaid and provide an insight into your friendship (examples).
Conclude by proposing a toast to the people that made it all happen (examples).
Basing the speech around your husband
Possibly relate a short, amusing episode involving your first meeting (examples), or provide details of how your romance developed (examples), the effect you've had on each other (examples) and why you are so well suited (examples).
Include a personal message from you to him (examples), express your confidence that you will have a long and happy future together (examples), and say how pleased you are to be joining his family (examples).
Expressing love & gratitude to the people you care most about
Talk of the happiness you feel in joining your husband's family (examples). Emphasize how supportive they've been from the first moment you met them (examples) and thank them for their friendship and generosity ever since (examples).
Propose your own private toast to your husband (examples).