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General Chat Thread, Grooms Speech - HELP!!!! in General; Hey guys & gals, I need your help! As some of you know, I get married in less than two ...
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    Grooms Speech - HELP!!!!

    Hey guys & gals,

    I need your help! As some of you know, I get married in less than two weeks and I've not even thought about my speech.

    I'm not shy so the speaking in front of everyone doesnt bother me but I don't know what to say.

    Do I just thank everyone for coming, say all the women look pretty and that's it? Or do I go for the more entertaining speech???

    What did you do?

    Luke

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    "It's been an emotional day, even the cake is in tiers (tears)". That's all you need!

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    Oh crikey!

    Just don't do what I did. I hate talking in front of loads of people but I thought my speech went well. After I got going I put my notes back into my pocket and rattled on and in the end I said everything I needed to say apart from one very big thing. . . . . i didn't thank the bride!!!!

    I will be making amends though this summer when we are renewing our vows!

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    Leave the jokes and entertainment to the best man - that's what he's there for

    Start your speech with "On behalf of my wife and I....." - will undoubtedly get a ripple of applause and cheering. Thank everyone for coming, thank everyone who had official duties, thank the bridesmaids and say how lovely they look, give out any gifts and suck up a bit to your new father-in-law.

    I am getting married next year, and that's basically what I'm planning on doing.

    All the best \0/

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    Tell everyone you've had such a great day you're thinking of doing it again sometime.

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    I got married last week. I've found groom speeches often come out as a list of thanking people, telling your new wife how beautiful she is, and thanking all your parents for everything they've done. Remember you are meant to be speaking on behalf of your wife as well as yourself.

    I tried to be honest, humble and grateful. I threw in two or three gags which seemed to go down reasonably well.

    Be yourself Luke and your new bride will love it.

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    The above and do not get jokes off the internet!

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    Thank everyone, tell everyone how beautiful your new wife is and how much you love her etc.
    Doesn't hurt to throw in a few gags, but yeah the best man should be doing the funny speech (or as my brother did, tell a very blue joke that made everyone gasp in disbelief).

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    Big tip: don't use ANY tired old one liners. The groans you'll get won't be in humour, people are really sick of them.

    Thank the bride, with lots of nice complements! Thank her family, your family, and the guests. Then thank the bank manager.

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    Quote Originally Posted by machin05 View Post
    Leave the jokes and entertainment to the best man - that's what he's there for
    Nuh-uh. The best man is there to humiliate the shiznit out of you. That's his job, and if he does it successfully you'll be hiding under the table with embarrassment before he finishes (which should always be heartfelt and kind, despite all of the gags)

    Jokes are fine in your speech, just make them few and hilarious. Tell everyone how beautiful your wife is and how much you love her. If you can, briefly explain about how you met and how your relationship developed. Thank everybody for attending and special thanks to everybody who helped out (especially those who stopped your new wife freaking out about every last detail )

    The rest, just let it come from the heart. Be honest and kind and people will appreciate it.

    Most importantly, enjoy the day and congratulations!

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    The groom speech is all about the thanks. Your speaking for you and on behalf of your new wife to show the your appreciation to everyone for coming and helping out where appropriate. Feel free to drop in a subtle joke or two for good measure, but like @3s-gtech says, no one liners, or any other blatant Googled jokes you've ripped. Keep any jokes relevant:

    1. Thank the guests for coming
    2. Thank your wife and comment on how awesome she looks
    3. Thank the new in-laws (and give the mother in law some flowers)
    4. Thank your rents (and give your mother some flowers)
    5. Thank the bridesmaids (and give them a gift if you wish)
    6. Thank the ushers (and give them a gift if you wish)
    7. Thank any additional people (an aunt who made your wedding cake, a uncle who did a reading during the service etc)
    8. Finally, thank the best man and hand over to him for the comical main event.
    Last edited by Rawns; 4th June 2013 at 03:44 PM.

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    Thanks guys, all top notch advice! Keep it coming.

    On another note, who did you buy presents for? Like @Rawns said, I was planning on flowers for my mum and the mum in law but that's it. What about the bridesmaids etc?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rawns View Post
    The groom speech is all about the thanks. Your speaking for you and on behalf of your new wife to show the your appreciation to everyone for coming and helping out where appropriate. Feel free to drop in a subtle joke or two for good measure, but like @3s-gtech says, no one liners, or any other blatant Googled jokes you've ripped. Keep any jokes relevant:

    1. Thank the guests for coming
    2. Thank your wife and comment on how awesome she looks
    3. Thank the new in-laws (and give the mother in law some flowers)
    4. Thank your rents (and give your mother some flowers)
    5. Thank the bridesmaids (and give them a gift if you wish)
    6. Thank the ushers (and give them a gift if you wish)
    7. Thank any additional people (an aunt who made your wedding cake, a uncle who did a reading during the service etc)
    8. Finally, thank the best man and hand over to him for the comical main event.
    This sums it up perfectly.

    I got married last year and went for the simplified option. We bought a present for the best man and usher (both my brothers) and a present for bridesmaid (her sister) and gave the rents flowers. My sister who did the cake (as a gift) and did a reading we gave the church flowers too.

    I did the google for speeches, the youtube for speeches but be yourself. After a few youtube videos you can see what does and what doesnt work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Millgate View Post
    Thanks guys, all top notch advice! Keep it coming.

    On another note, who did you buy presents for? Like @Rawns said, I was planning on flowers for my mum and the mum in law but that's it. What about the bridesmaids etc?
    Mother and mother-in-law got a big bouquet of flowers.
    Farther-in-law got a bottle of single malt scotch.
    Farther got a leather wallet.
    Bridesmaids all got matching necklaces to go with their bridesmaids outfits (the wife sorted them out)
    Usher 1 (bro-in-law) got a pressed Jägermeister bottle wall clock
    Usher 2 (mate) got a smirnoff vodka set
    Best man got a watch.

    My best man surprised me and got me a small hipflask set with a message engraved. Just what I needed to steady the nerves while waiting at the alter! Typical woman, 30 minutes late!!!
    Last edited by Rawns; 4th June 2013 at 04:29 PM.

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    I also bought a book for writing the groom speech that really helped, and has some example speeches too. It's of no use to me now, so would be happy to send it on if a) you'd like it, and b) if I can find it!

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