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
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
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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