Who doesn\u2019t love weddings? Fancy clothes, romance, food and drink aplenty \u2013 they tick all the \u201cGood Time\u201d boxes. But wait! Maybe you\u2019re the best man, maid of honor, or father of the bride. If so, you might find yourself distracted by fear of delivering a wedding speech.\n\nBut you can\u2019t let worries about public speaking ruin the party. And with our top tips, you can be confident of getting your wedding speech just right.\n\n[caption id="attachment_12848" align="aligncenter" width="429"] We will not be recommending a sing-along, but it is an option.(Photo: Greg Neate\/flickr)[\/caption]\n1. The Essentials of a Wedding Speech\nThere is a basic structure that most wedding speeches follow:\n\n \tIntroduce yourself and how you know the groom and\/or bride\n \tOffer an anecdote or two about your relationship with them\n \tTalk about the bride and groom as a couple\n \tThank anyone who you need to thank (e.g., guests, parents of the couple)\n \tMake a toast to the future\n\nThere is room for variation in here, depending on the tone you want to strike. But this basic structure is a good starting point for any wedding speech.\n2. Be Funny (But Not Too Funny)\nIt\u2019s often fun to have a couple of jokes or funny stories in a wedding speech. You can look for jokes online, but people may have heard these before! Instead, try to come up with something personal to the couple. Jokes are always funnier if they are based on something true.\n\nRemember, though, that this is not a comedy routine. Your speech should celebrate the couple. And if all you do is crack jokes, it might seem like you\u2019re not taking the wedding seriously.\n3. Don\u2019t Go There!\nHere is a list of things you should not do in your wedding speech:\n\n \tGo on about the happy couple\u2019s ex-partners\n \tSwear and\/or tell filthy jokes\n \tDiscuss the couple\u2019s relationship problems\n \tDig out the most embarrassing stories imaginable\n \tMake it all about you\n \tTalk for hours and hours (10 minutes maximum!)\n\nYou can bend these rules if you\u2019re sure the couple and guests will be fine with what you say. But remember that Aunt Ethel might not be as happy to hear your foul-mouthed story about what the groom did on holiday in Thailand as you and your buddies! So try to judge the room.\n4. Get It Proofread\nYou might not think proofreading is important for a wedding speech, as nobody will read it except you. But it does offer advantages:\n\n \tMaking sure it is error free will make it easier to read out loud\n \tEditing will keep your speech punchy and focused\n \tYou can even request feedback on your jokes!\n\nSo if you want to make a great speech, get in touch to see how we can help.