Recently, my sister got married, and I kind of had to give a speech at the rehearsal dinner. Typically I may not have had to, but this was a unique case. She wasn’t marrying some guy I’d seen three times a year at family events and talked about the crazy Odell Beckham catch the other day. It was one of my best friends. I was close with him before they even met. I was a groomsman in the wedding and probably knew them both better than almost anyone there.
I’d been to weddings before, but this was my first time giving a speech. I’d always observed what worked and what didn’t as far as wedding speeches go so I wanted to make sure I killed it.
How did it go??
Of the 80-100 people at the rehearsal dinner, I probably had a dozen come up to me afterward and tell me it was the best wedding speech they’ve ever heard. Some people who I’d never met in my life said they’ve never seen anything like it, and “the part when you said X was so true and is exactly how marriage goes.” Several people at the reception who didn’t even go to the rehearsal dinner told me they heard about it and wanted a recording.
So… below I’m going to share the ideas that went into making my speech, record the speech on a screen-share (not sure if it will be the same), and write it down. This should help you write a good wedding speech if you’re a bridesmaid or groomsman, or not even in the wedding.