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Here’s our take on it: 5 wedding speech trends to consider & 5 wedding speech traditions to bin.
5 Wedding Speech Trends
- Spontaneous speeches – no one does an official speech but anyone who wants to give a toast is welcomed to. Good excuse for lots of boozing. Not good for speech writers.
- Bride speeches – Yes the girls are discovering it’s actually fun. Rock n roll Bride is leading the revolution alongside us. #thisbridewill
- Speechstakes – it’s hardly new but pre-speech betting is still a good way to get people talking. There’s even pretty props these days to stop it feeling a bit Ladbrokey.
- Videos – Some people are copping out completely and commissioning videos to replace the speeches. Either moc-umentary style (interviewing eyewitnesses to the romance etc) or cartoons. Both work well we have to say. And consequently we are now in the process of signing up some cool creative types to help us offer them up.
- Joint speeches – We’re working with more couples who want to deliver joint speeches and we love crafting them. It allows both the bride and groom the chance to thank everyone and with same sex couples, it just makes sense. Guests LOVE joint speeches and if they’re written well, they’re also a source of great humour.
5 Wedding Speech Trends To Avoid
- Ladies and Gentlemen – overly formal is not working for us
- Etiquette – being polite is always cool but tradition has become less important. Toast who you want to toast!
- The ‘speech clump’ – Rather than have all the wedding speeches in one big block, more couples are playing with the scheduling. We like spaced-out-speeches so one between each course. Means no one is left starving and gives relative strangers something to talk about throughout the meal. Some couples are also saving the best man’s speech till the evening do so even the B-list guests (come on, we know they are) get a sense of why they’re getting to indulge in a free bar and dance to ABBA.
- Powerpoint – getting less powerful
- Handing out gifts – often the most awkward part of the speeches. Luckily people have discovered it’s possible to do the public thank you and then give the presents later personally.