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Need advice on how to write a Best Man speech?

Being the best man is one of the biggest honours you can receive at a wedding, and the best man's speech is without a doubt the most eagerly anticipated of all the wedding speeches because you're expected to give a speech that respects, honours, makes the crowd laugh and cry, and pays tribute to the special couple on the most important day of their lives.

When you're giving your best man's speech, make sure you print / write it onto cue cards and rehearse – practice makes perfect! Using humour is expected but avoid telling inside jokes and controversial topics. Keep the audience in mind and if you're unsure who is going to be there then it's worth talking to the groom about the guest list so you can ensure that your speech is audience appropriate.

As well as some anecdotes about the past, it is also nice to take the time to acknowledge the bride and this new life that the newlyweds are about to begin together. Make sure your speech does not go on for too long – aim for around 5 minutes and remember that it may take longer to actually deliver your speech than when you rehearse it as you will hopefully be allowing time for laughter and applause! The goal of the speech is to celebrate the couple and make them look good.

In conclusion, the important thing to do when making a best man's speech is to thank people for being there, describe your connection to the groom, make people laugh while avoiding any cringe-inducing comments, and to finish the speech with a toast to the bride and groom.

Delivering your Best Man speech

1. Introduction – welcome guests, thank the hosts, and compliment the bridesmaids.

2. Introduce yourself and explain your relationship to the Groom – how long you have known him, why you are friends etc.

3. One or two anecdotal stories about you and the Groom. There should be good-natured digs at the Groom but they should be affectionate and balanced by some kinder words.

4. Compliment the Bride and why they are great for each other.

5. The ending – whether serious or humorous, this should be heart-felt and memorable. Then finish your speech with a toast to the happy couple.


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Need advice on how to write a Groom's speech?

The groom's wedding speech is a time to thank the guests for attending the wedding and to acknowledge close friends and family who have been unable to attend the big day for any reason. This is often said on the behalf of the groom himself and the new bride. The groom's wedding speech can also give a special mention to both sets of parents, thanking them for all their help.

The Groom's speech has to be sincere as well as be entertaining. It doesn't have the scope for humour as the Father-of-the-Bride or the Best Man, and initially it looks like it is the easiest of the three speeches to write. Sometimes it can be the hardest because you have to tug at the heartstrings with words of love for the Bride. Be open and honest with your speech because it will show your new in-laws that someone of substance has joined the family. Make sure you print / write your speech onto cue cards and rehearse. The Groom's speech should aim for around 5-10 minutes and remember that it may take longer to actually deliver your speech than when you rehearse it.

Delivering your Groom speech

1. Respond to the toast made by the Father-of-the-Bride and thank him for giving you his daughter's hand in marriage.

2. Thank both parents for their welcome into their family (and for providing the wedding if that is the situation) and for giving their daughter so many characteristics you admire, respect and love in her. Assure them that you will not let them down in your charge to love and care for their daughter.

3. At this point your own parents need to be mentioned as well. Your mother probably needs more TLC than your father. Praise the way they brought you up, but also try and add in a humorous anecdote about an amusing event during your childhood. Give special mention to both your and your wife's mothers; tell them how amazing they are.

4. Thank the Matron of Honour and/or Bridesmaids and propose your own toast to them.

5. Thank the Best Man and anyone who played a part in setting up the wedding.

6. Talk about how happy you are, thanks to your wonderful partner. This is the serious bit... it is time to talk openly and honestly about your new wife and how much you love her. Tell the story of how you first met, or perhaps something else from your relationship; just make sure you give this section some real thought. Talk from the heart and if you pull it off well the whole place will be in tears

7. Thank the guests for coming, and for their wishes.

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How to write a Wedding Invitation

It goes without saying that the words on your wedding invitations are very important because they announce the event and contain the who, what and where details. Here's a snippet of what to include:

o The names of the bride and groom

o Wedding day and date

o Ceremony time and venue (with address details)

o Reception time and venue (with address details)

Names – Who Goes First? If you want to follow a traditional invite format you will usually start your invitation with the names of the bride's parents. According to etiquette it is the hosts of the wedding whose names are first (ie. the people paying for the event).

Here's an example:

"With great joy

Mr. and Mrs. Gerard Smith

invite you to the wedding of their daughter

Isabelle Clare Smith


Dennis Frederick Williams

son of Mr. and Mrs. David Williams."

If you like tradition but don't want to list the names of your parents, simply write:

"Together with their families..."

Time, Date and Location: Triple check the day and date of your wedding. No doubt you have it lodged in your brain forever but you don't want to waste all that glorious paper and ink by writing Sunday instead of Saturday. Industry professionals also advise couples to reconfirm the date and time with the ceremony and reception venue. You can never have enough reassurance.

Here's an example:

"Saturday, July 23rd 2012

at 4 o'clock in the afternoon

at Novotel Norwest

1 Columbia Court Baulkham Hills NSW 2153

Dinner, dancing & merriment to follow"

Triple Check Wedding Invitations: Before you get writing or printing make sure you have a few people read-over the wording to check for spelling and grammatical errors. If you are unsure about the spelling of a guest's name, confirm the correct spelling before you send the invite, it shows you care.

To Write or Not to Write – That is the Question? There is a certain personal appeal to handwritten invites. It definitely proves that you have put in the hours to create beautiful stationery. However, if you are choosing to have the text printed, you have to decide on a font. Remember you should choose a font that is readable over one that is decorative, a blend of aesthetics and practicality is possible! To create a perfect blend, print the guests' names in a fancy, scripted font and have the rest of the information in a type that is plain and legible.

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How to write a Father-of-the-Bride speech

Delivering the more heart-felt and personal speech in front of your nearest and dearest on such an important occasion may seem like a difficult and terrifying task. But remember, there is no need to worry at all. You’re surrounded by your friends and family, all of whom want to see you do well! They know how proud you are and are probably dying to hear what you have to say! Simply take a deep breath and try and enjoy yourself.

A good tip is to break the speech down into headings. Under each heading, jot down some notes, ideas and emotions then expand on them. Think about how you felt when your daughter was born, what it was like raising her as a child, some of her big milestones such as a graduation or a significant birthday. Then, attempt to put your emotions onto words.

Here are the headings:

1. Introduction

2. Welcome the guests

3. Now, it’s all about your daughter, her achievements and family life

4. Don’t forget your son-in-law

5. Words of Wisdom

6. Propose the toast to the Bride and Groom

As the speech starts to take shape, practice reading it out loud and take note of how long it takes to read each section and try not to speak for longer than about five to seven minutes. Aim on delivering this speech for 5-10 minutes.

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You may want to let people in on your engagement as soon as the ring is slipped on your finger. Or you might want to keep the moment private a bit longer. However you share the information, even if you veer from tradition, you should tell your parents first, then other family and friends. You'll make phone calls, of course, but you can also send an email or a letter or use social media such as Facebook. You could even throw a party.


Once the word is out, expect lots of questions, including "When are you getting married?" Reveal a date if you have one, or let curious friends know plans are in the works - as they should be, especially if you want to hold your wedding at a popular time of year. Locations, photographers, caterers, and other professionals book up early, sometimes a year in advance, which means you have to secure a date asap!


Envision the type of wedding you both want - maybe it's the event of childhood dreams or one that reflects your grown-up tastes. Even if you are set on a formal event in a ballroom, considering other possibilities, such as a seaside ceremony or a Sunday brunch, may change your mind or reinforce your choice. The same holds true for selecting the time of day and mood of the wedding.


Prior to making any decisions about the style, location, etc., figure out what you have to spend and whether your families will contribute. Make sure you and your fiancé are in agreement about your priorities before talking to your parents about budget and logistics.


As soon as people find out about your impending nuptials, presents will likely start flowing in. It's never too early to register, not only to help ensure you get something you like and need, but also to make it easier on friends and family who are pondering what to purchase. Even if you don't select everything right away, at least go to one store and decide on some things for your list. Try to limit your registry to three places. This way, it'll be easier to manage. And, in case you don't get everything you put down, many stores will keep your registry active for as long as a few years. However, if you already have household items, then a Wishing Well may better suit the occasion.


Your wedding ring is something that you'll want to wear for the rest of your life, so it's got to be perfect! Whether you want a traditional band or something more unique, choosing the metal for your wedding ring is a good place to start. Wedding rings are designed from different properties and styles that make some more suitable than others. There are numerous metals available:

• Yellow gold - a good choice for traditional brides and grooms-to-be

• White gold - perfect compliment to a platinum engagement ring

• Platinum - tough and stands up well to everyday wear and tear, these wedding rings are becoming increasingly popular with modern couples

• Titanium - one of the more modern jewellery metals, It's strikingly different in colour to platinum and palladium, scratch-resistant and feels light on the finger

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