Are you about to tie the knot? With so many things on your mind before your wedding day, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed at the thought of writing a wedding speech. But, don’t worry. You don’t need to be Shakespeare to write a winning wedding speech. Here are some tips to help you write a speech that you will both be proud of.

Never Use a Template

With so many free templates available online, you might think this is the perfect solution to help you write a good wedding speech. Don’t do it. Wedding speeches written from a template tend to sound generic and insincere. It’s far better to write from your heart, in your own words. No template can truly capture that. 

Keep Your Thank You List Short

You may feel like you need to thank every single family member and friend that’s going to your wedding, however, this is just not practical. Nobody wants to sit there and listen to you drag on with 100 different names. So, keep your list short. Thank your parents, in-laws, and bridal party by name, then include a general thanks to everyone else. This makes sure that nobody gets left out, but your wedding speech doesn’t run over time either.

Tell an Entertaining Story

Your wedding speech shouldn’t be an endless rambling of random facts. Tell an entertaining story. Include some funny encounters that you’ve had together, what made you fall in love, how your partner has changed your life and how you have changed theirs, or where you’re going for your honeymoon. It should be a beautiful love story, your story.

Don’t Make It into a Novel

While everyone at your wedding is no doubt very happy to be a part of your special day, when the vows and dinner are over, most people can’t wait to get down and party. Keep your speech short and sweet; don’t write a novel showcasing your entire relationship. It’s the general consensus that a wedding speech should be no more than five minutes. This should be enough time to cover everything you need to say, without being long-winded.

Take Notes with You

Even if you have an amazing memory and think that you don’t need notes, why risk it? A person with a fantastic memory can still freeze when looking out into a crowd of eager faces. Write your original notes up on little cue cards so they don’t look as obvious, and take them with you.

Test the Acoustics

The most well-written wedding speech is of little use if nobody can hear it. Before the big day, make sure you do a test run and check the acoustics of the building. Get a small group of your friends together as a test audience and read something aloud to them. (Not your speech, you don’t want to spoil it for them.) If they have trouble hearing you, set up a microphone and speakers to be sure nobody misses out on your finely crafted speech, especially your significant other.

Now that you know exactly what to do and what not to do for your wedding speech, you can relax. Take that nervous energy and use it to focus on all those other things you need to plan so that your wedding day turns out just as you’d always dreamed it would.