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Example Wedding Speech

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Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt,
so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. - Collosians 4:6

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Note:  The speech below is one given by a bride, if you're looking for a different kind of example wedding speech, go to the main wedding speech section and make your choice.

Example Wedding Speech

Hello everyone and thank you so much for being here. I see many treasured familiar faces. I'm glad we could share this day and so gain another shared happy memory. Meanwhile, I see many less familiar faces, those who have come on behalf of my husband, Vince. I'm glad for all the memories we will share in the future as I get to know all of you, starting with this wonderful day.
The example wedding speech below will serve as a great idea booster and get you started along the lines of drafting and writing your own wedding speech.  Be sure to read the notes at the bottom of this page for a summary of the sample speech, and a outline of its basic elements.
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Who knew that walking on stilts from the tallest tree in the yard was only good in theory, but never in practice? Talk about receiving support -- my parents not only didn't mock my foolishness, they helped me tirelessly until that cast came off. They made my brother be nice to me about it, too. I'm so lucky that I have them to lean on.

I'm likewise lucky I have gained another set of family members by marrying Vince. They, too, always supported the dreams of their children. I'm grateful for that since if they hadn't been the kind of parents to encourage dreams, Vince might not have turned out to be brave and adventurous. He wouldn't have hiked the Appalachian Trail, we wouldn't have met each other when we found our trail blocked by falling rocks, and then we wouldn't have ended up plotting an alternate route together. I remember thinking at the time how lucky I was to have met a fellow adventurer, one who was eager to blaze a new trail, falling rocks or not.

How glad I was when he suggested we hike on together. By the time we hiked the whole trail, traveling through many states, we had fallen in love. I knew then that I had found my life partner, the one who would walk every path with me. He is the love of my life and my soul mate. If I had had any doubts they would have been erased when Vince's mother told me that he, too, broke his leg falling out of a tree. It turned out we had broken our legs the same summer.

To my husband Vince, who understands why climbing to the highest branches to see the sky is worth the risk. May your skies ever be blue, my love. I will always do whatever I can to make sure they are. To Vince.

Example Wedding Speech:  Notes

The bride's speech follows much of the same structure of other wedding speeches.  This includes thanking people for cominging and also for those who helped put the shindig on.

Thus, it's a good idea for a bride to make note of the helpers and guests, trying not to overlap what others have said already. Of course, she should talk about her husband in loving terms. Like any wedding speech, it should end with a toast.

Like the groom's speech (which you can have a look at for more ideas, since it's similar to this one), the bride's wedding speech is the only time the bride has to publicly acknowledge and thank her parents.  This shouldn't be done off the bat - instead it's a good idea to invest time into your wording and ensuring that you capture the best traits of your parents with a short story about them. 

Naturally, you don't have to use a story (though that's often an easy choice), but it's important to publicly honor them in front of your guests.

If you're looking for more tips and advice on writing Bride Speeches, as well as links to another example wedding speech, then I highly recommend you sign up for my Getting Them Laughing mini E-course.  It'll allow me to send you short and informative e-mails to help you as you prepare for your speech.
And it is a wonderful day, made so because many people worked hard to bring this event together. To all of you, thank you.

I must especially thank my parents, not only for making my wedding day dreams come true, but for all the dreams they have dreamt for me and with me and for all the ways they have tried to help me achieve them. I'm so lucky to have never had to doubt their love and to have had their unstinting support for the whole of my life. I know I didn't make it easy.

Dad, do you remember the time I asked you to make me stilts tall enough for touching the sky? I tried so hard not to show my disappointment when the stilts turned out to only make me taller than my brother. I didn't want to seem ungrateful, but really, I wasn't grazing the stratosphere when I used them. I did have a brilliant idea on fixing the situation, though.