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How To Write A Funny Wedding Speech

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.

Wedding rehearsal picture

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.

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Change Your Environment, Change You

Who are you with?

Is it the same people you were with 5 years ago? Or 10 years ago? Or are you around a variety of people? Some new, some old. Do you have anyone in your life that you’re 5 years ago-self would think is weird? Or impressive? Someone they’d see you with and say “you’re hanging out with her!?!?”

Where are you?

Have you lived in the same city your whole life? Or do you move around, travel, and immerse yourself in different environments?

What do you do?

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1 How I Deal With People Who Treat Me Like Crap

Since moving to Austin, I’ve integrated myself into the tennis community. We have leagues, and tournaments around the state of Texas. This tennis community is not that big, so you tend to see a lot of the same people at different events. For the most part everybody gets along, but every now and then you’ll hear or see some people who don’t.

They mostly complaining about the way someone else acted or behaved towards them. Not surprisingly, everyone usually hates on their opponent they recently played. It’s a person over lunch talking about the guy who cheated them out of a point. Sometimes it’s a team captain saying another captain stacked her lineup so they could have their best team play our worst team. Overall, it’s not unlike a high school where you have the community, and cliques (or is it clicks?) within it who don’t always get along and sometimes talk a little ish.

When we complain about things, we’re less happy than we would otherwise be. By definition, someone in a state of happiness is not complaining. When I saw these people complaining, I wanted to avoid it. And I’ve found some ways to do that, no matter how the opponent acts towards me.

4 Ways I Deal With Crappy People

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4 Ways To Stand Out When You’re One In A Billion

I was speaking with a friend recently. He interns for a law firm and recently finished school. Passing the bar is the “next step” then he’s supposed to get hired by this form, or another. Problem is… this firm needs someone with more experience. That seems to be the case a lot.

Company: I’m looking for someone with more experience

Applicant: I’m trying to get experience but you won’t hire me

Company: Yea… still need someone with more experience

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You Graduated! The Market Doesn’t Care

It’s May now and you’ve just graduated.

You post a picture of yourself holding a piece of paper and wearing a weird looking hat and black cloth that covers you from the neck down.

Your caption says “After 3 long years I finally did it. Master’s degree – check!”

Your aunt who like clockwork comments on every post within 20 minutes writes “I’m so proud of you! You deserve it.”

37 likes, 8 comments, and 1 of those new love likes from your aunt.

Three months, and four interviews later you’re “still figuring it out.” Maybe you’re working part time for your dad until “the right job comes your way.”

Maybe you even accepted a job that you don’t actually like.

This isn’t what was supposed to happen. You followed the script. Did everything they told you to do, and what do you have to show for it? 37 likes and 8 comments…

Why does this happen? Because the market isn’t proud of your degree. Only your family is.

School isn’t a place where you provide value to the market.

You know this because if you ask yourself, “who’s life is better right now because I’m in school?” the answer is “no one.”[1]

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