Wedding speeches in India are yet to find their place in Indian weddings. However, certain high class Indian weddings are slowly waking up to the idea of wedding speeches especially during reception. As a bride, if you decide to give a wedding speech, you would sure want to be full of impact on everyone. Here are some tips to make your speech interesting and have that lasting impact on the guests and relatives.
A Professional Delivery
Professionals always speak confidently, slowly and deliberately and are relaxed about timings. People want to hear what you have to say. Look at people in their eyes. Try not to say ‘um’ or ‘er’ either, if you feel one coming on, it’s better to pause before you continue with your sentence.
Thank your guests and give an extra special mention to those who journeyed a long way to be a part of your special day. Also, do include those people who have passed but are important to you, with a simple mention.
Create a Story
Tell your guests the story of meeting your groom, your first thought, and the moment you knew that he was ‘the one’. But don’t give the groom all of the grandeur; share any amusing stories which may involve other guests, too.
Thank Your Parents
Your parents have made you what you are today, so be sure to acknowledge that by mentioning how important they are to you. Thank them for their love and support throughout the years. Having said that, do mention your new in-laws! Thank them for welcoming you into the family and reassure them that you will take care of their son.
Practise Out Loud
The key to getting your speech word perfect is to practise it out over and over again. Get a friend, to listen to you and ask her, what points she thinks could be improved upon and what works well.
Don’t Forget to Mention your Husband
He is the most important man in the entire wedding. Tell him in front of all your relatives and friends how much you love him, how lucky you feel and how happy you are to start your new lives together as husband and wife.
If you’re well-rehearsed and you’ve worked upon your speech, there’s no reason to feel nervous. Remember everybody listening to you is on your side and wants to hear your heart. You’re only going to do this only once, so make it count.
There are no set rules or formal protocol for the bride’s speech, so don’t worry about living up to any hopes and you can just express from your heart and have fun with the medium. Still, follow the guidelines above to make it great.