Feeling the pressure of writing a wedding speech this
As QHotels searches for the UK's best wedding speech videos in
its first-ever Wedding Speech Awards, the
hotel group is here to give some tips on writing and delivering the
perfect speech, with the help of two of its expert wedding
coordinators, Leanne Bulpitt and Libby Volpe.
Having worked closely with couples to create their perfect day
and ensure everything runs smoothly, Leanne and Libby know a thing
or two about speeches. So, if you don't know where to start
or you just can't seem to put pen to paper, here's some top tips
and steps on writing, preparing and delivering an award-winning
Do your research
Leanne says: "Before you begin planning your speech, do some
initial research to understand what's expected, who your audience
is and how the speech section of the day will work."
Before you pick up a pen, make sure you can answer these
"I always suggest thinking about having speeches before the
wedding breakfast to make for a calmer meal all round. This
is becoming an increasingly popular option," explains
Put pen to paper
Libby advises: "The best speeches are those which are deeply
personal. Telling forgotten stories always goes down well and
reflects the strong relationship between the speech giver and the
Writing your speech is a process of getting everything you could
possibly include down on paper, then ruthlessly cutting out content
so you're left with the best bits. Start with the following
"Keep a notebook with you at all times so you can write
ideas down as they pop into your head. Writing everything
down will help keep your mind clear," says Libby.
Don't be afraid to try something different
"More and more people are looking for unique and alternative
ways of doing things during their wedding and that doesn't stop at
speeches. We have seen a huge increase in the use of props and
slideshow presentations during speeches, particularly by the Best
Man, whose job it is to add some humour and embarrass the bride and
groom just a little," explains Leanne.
Once you've written your speech and you're happy with the flow
and structure, think about how you want to present to your audience
and the different props you could incorporate to help bring your
words to life.
"Slideshows can seem daunting but they can be as simple as
using photographs to add a personal touch and to engage more with
the audience," Libby adds.
Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse
Leanne says: "Start rehearsing your speech as early as
possible - the sooner you can start practising out loud, the less
daunting it will become."
The rehearsal phase should be the most time-consuming element of
your preparation. No time spent rehearsing your speech will
be wasted. Here are some tips for the rehearsal stage:
Deliver with confidence
Libby says: "Whilst almost every speaker is excited about
their role in the wedding, most are also extremely nervous.
My top tip for overcoming nerves is to simply take a deep breath in
the knowledge that everyone is there to enjoy the day and they
really do want you to do well. It's not often in life you get
to present to such a friendly crowd!
If you've put the time into your rehearsals, you should now be
on track for a confident delivery, so remember:
"Now that you've perfected your speech technique, we'd love
to see you in action. Make sure a wedding guest films your
wedding speech on the big day - a camera phone will do just fine -
and enter the video into our Wedding Speech Awards competition to
win some amazing prizes and inspire other wedding speakers," says
People can enter a speech into the awards by sending a link to
the wedding speech video with #Weddingspeech, stating the category
they are entering, to @QHotels on Twitter or post onto QHotels'
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/QHotels.
Any speech given at a wedding reception can be submitted,
provided the speech is on a video that has been uploaded to the
internet and is publicly available. Nominations can come from the
speech-givers themselves or another wedding guest.
Prizes - including an overnight stay, a golf lesson, spa day,
afternoon tea and vouchers for QHotels - will be awarded to the
winning speech-giver and nominator of each category.
For more details about QHotels Wedding Speech Awards and how to
enter, please visit www.qhotels.co.uk/weddings/wedding-speech-awards.
The deadline for entries is 28 August.
Photography courtesy of 2Tone Photography.
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