Writing and delivering a very good wedding speech is not easy – and even less so if you are not used to speak in front of a lot of people. How do you get past that? How do you “hide” your stage fright under the carpet and give a speech that will bring emotion and beauty into everyone’s hearts? Here are some tips to help you with this:
• No need to be scared. Stage fright is perfectly normal, even for very famous people who are more than accustomed to speaking in front of large crowds (e.g. Adele is known to suffer from stage fright, for example). Be yourself, be natural and act confident – your speech will be amazing!
• Write with the audience in mind. When writing down your speech, remember to think of the audience at the wedding. These are people pertaining to different age groups and social statuses, so you might want to keep your speech “clean” of anything that may embarrass or upset the bride, groom, or anyone in their close family/friend group.
• Cue cards can actually help. They will keep you on track and organized without making you sound unnatural, so take some time to write down the main ideas in your wedding speech. It will pay off!
• Last, but definitely not least, remember that less actually IS more – even when it comes to wedding speeches. Keep it short, sweet and simple – the longer your speech is, the more prone you are to see people getting bored. Moreover, try to stay away from including props in the speech (such as slideshow presentations, for example). They tend to unnecessarily prolong the speech and they can be a true recipe for disaster too (especially since you will have to handle the props, stay on track with the speech and be natural doing all this too).
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