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DON'T BE INAPPROPRIATE
Weddings are usually a time where most of your families and relatives are gathered, and they include children as well as elderly folk (unless you're having separate parties for friends and another for family). So keep your speech strictly PG13, as you don't want to offend anyone unintentionally. This also means that it's not the right time to pull out the dirty jokes you and your friends might be familiar with. ;)
Let's get this straight: Nobody expects you to thank every single person at your wedding ceremony. It's every guest's nightmare to hear: "I want to thank my father, my mother.... my boss, my co-worker Jane, my mentor, my neighbour Bob....". We get it. No one will be offended if you skipped their name. But please remember to thank your spouse, parents, grandparents (if you're close), and people who have helped out extensively during the wedding, they would definitely be waiting for it.
TELLING A "GRANDMOTHER" STORY
Keep your speech short and sweet. Nobody is going to stay interested if you ramble on and on about your love story from head to toe. Stick to more sentimental memories like the first time you knew you wanted to marry your husband/wife or the promise you both made to each other during your first anniversary as a couple. These will sure to make the audience go "awww".
BEING A COPYCAT
Don't be that person whose wedding speech sounds like story someone else has already told. The standard "Thank you for coming, we appreciate it. Bla bla bla" isn't going to fly either. You only get to do this once (hopefully) so punch some of your personality into it and don't make it sound like you are just reciting from an oft-repeated script.
We understand that your nerves might be at an all time high, especially if you're worried about having to address a sea of people at your wedding. Although alcohol might take the nerves off slightly, but it's best you stay sober for it. You don't want to ruin that special first day of marriage by being a drunk wreck.
TELLING PRIVATE JOKES
I know that at first it might seem like a good idea especially if its a extremely funny inside joke a few of your close friends will get. But if more than half the people in the room have no idea what you are talking about, it can get a little awkward. This isn't exactly a big no go, but do this sparingly. Instead, personalise your wedding with these 8 fun things to do!