Planning Tip Tuesday: Speeches

Speeches are a key part of the wedding day, so we have asked Drew with Dockhouse Digital to compile a list of tips to inspire you to write the best speech! We couldn't agree more with his advice!  

 1. Narrative:  Make it Meaningful
When writing your wedding speech keep in mind the words you will deliver will not only be heard by a large crowd of people, but will be remembered by the bride and groom for years to come. Make it meaningful. Avoid reminiscing about your boozy college days or all of the groom’s ex-girlfriends that you didn’t like. Give them solid advice for a successful marriage. Incorporate a meaningful quote or song lyric and build off of that; take us through the journey of why you’re all here today.

Photo by Aaron and Jillian Photography 

Photo by Aaron and Jillian Photography 

2. Length:  Content over Complexity
Keep it under five minutes. Why? Simply put, it’s difficult to engage an entire room of people with a twenty-minute speech. Not only that, speeches that ramble on…and on….and on…..(we’ve all sat through these before!) can drastically put the other wedding events behind schedule. Off the cuff is out the door.

Photo by Aaron and Jillian Photography 

Photo by Aaron and Jillian Photography 

 3. Rehearsal Dinner vs. Wedding Reception
As a videographer, storytelling plays a huge role in the art of cinematography. To do our job successfully, we must have meaningful, usable audio to incorporate into our clients’ wedding films. Where do we find this? Speeches. Some clients will have all of their speeches delivered at their rehearsal dinner to save on time during the wedding reception. If we aren’t booked for your rehearsal dinner, we lose out on having that audio to use in your wedding films, which can really lower the overall production value. Work with your wedding planner to integrate a short 10-15 minutes into your timeline to allow for a couple of speeches at your reception. The #1 request we receive is to incorporate speeches into videos. You’ll thank me later!

Photo by Lydia Ruth Photography 

Photo by Lydia Ruth Photography 

4. Organize & Personalize
 By no means do you need to memorize your speech, but be sure to have it written and organized so you’re able to recite the speech effortlessly. We all love speeches that tug at the heartstrings, so don’t be afraid to make it heartwarming or personal. This is an emotional day after all! On the flipside, you can make it light hearted and comical (just please avoid Google’ing wedding jokes…we’ve all heard them before).

Photo by Dana Cubbage Weddings

Photo by Dana Cubbage Weddings

5. Pump the Brakes on the Booze
Stop telling yourself that you need liquid courage to give your speech! Sure, once you’ve given your speech you can head straight to the bar and pound one back, but don’t get messy before. A sloppy, “that’s the alcohol talking” kind of speech is not a good look. You’ve got this! 
Cheers! 

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