Wedding song by best man Chris Hall wins first-ever Wedding Speech Awards

Wedding Speech winner

Yorkshireman Chris Hall's inspired wedding speech  has won the Best Wedding Speech title in the UK's first-ever Wedding Speech Awards, launched this summer by QHotels, the AA Hotel Group of the Year 2014/15.

 Beating tough competition from across the country, the best man, and brother of the groom, wowed the judging panel - which included So You're Getting Married wedding blogger Phoebe Miller and QHotels' wedding experts  - with his imaginative song that got the whole wedding party on its feet.

The eight-minute speech started with a heart-felt tribute to his brother Matt and his new sister-in-law Janie, but Chris made sure he fulfilled his best man duty to get every guest roaring with laughter, with the help of Elton John's 'Your Song'.

When the music kicked in, 34-year-old funny man Chris overcame his nerves to give the new bride and groom an unforgettable gift, re-writing the Elton hit all about the happy couple, with a few jokes at the expense of his brother.

 Commenting on his win, Chris said: "There's a lot of pressure on the best man to get the laughs and I was really struggling writing a funny, original speech.  Then I heard McBusted's Tom Fletcher's wedding song and suddenly thought, I could do something like that!

 "Matt always sang 'Your Song' by Elton John when we were growing up so it felt quite apt to re-write it for my speech and change the title to 'Your Wedding Song'.

 "I knew I had to memorise the words so I rehearsed loads.  I had the backing track on my phone so driving in the car ended up being the perfect place to practice. A week before the wedding I also tried it out on a mate to do a test run and make sure it was well received.

QHotels, which operates 27 four and five-star hotels across the UK and hosts hundreds of weddings every year, created the awards to recognise the unique wedding speeches given by best men, grooms, fathers-of-the-bride, bridesmaids and brides.

 After being entered into the awards by his wife, Alana, Chris fought off tough competition to claim the title, including a tear-jerking, sentimental father-of-the-bride speech, a speech rapped by the best man and a film following two best men and their epic journey from Portugal back to the wedding.

Chris continued:  "Alana mentioned that she'd entered my speech but I didn't think it would ever win. I knew that it went down well on the day but never expected it to win a prize, so I'm over the moon!

Judging the awards, Phoebe Miller, wedding blogger and founder of So You're Getting Married, said: "Each and every entry was unique and personal so it was a tough decision picking just one. However, Chris' song was a firm favourite not just with me, but across the judging panel.

"Chris mixed all the traditional elements of a best man speech with a unique and personal twist, perfectly creating just the right balance of sentiment and humour.  We loved his creativity; a well-deserved winner and an inspiration for best men everywhere!"

Prizes - including an overnight stay, golf days and spa days - were awarded to the winner and the runners-up in the awards.

"QHotels' Wedding Co-ordinator and wedding speech judge, Danielle Braiden, said: "At QHotels we work closely with hundreds of happy couples and their wedding parties every year to create the perfect wedding day.  We see how important speeches are in helping to make the day memorable, not just for the couple, but for every guest and Chris' speech did just that.

"By celebrating the fantastic speeches people have shared with us, we hope to help inspire future best men, fathers-of the bride and bridesmaids in creating their own award worthy speech."

For those who missed the chance to enter this year or think their speech could be a winner, there'll be another opportunity to claim the title in next year's Wedding Speech Awards.

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