A wedding anniversary speech is not common topic. Subsequently there is a lot of confusion about what people are expected to say. We've all heard best man speeches at weddings but most of us have never heard a wedding anniversary speech.
I am going to offer 10 tips that will help you write and deliver your wedding anniversary speech that I've learned over the years.
- Thank all of the guests for coming to the anniversary and particularly mention anyone who has traveled a great distance to be at the wedding anniversary party.
- In the opening paragraph you can also thank the organizers of the anniversary party and anybody else who was instrumental in putting the night together.
- Don't forget to mention the anniversary that is being celebrated. Not everyone will know that this is the 25th or 30th wedding anniversary of Jim and Sarah. You want to emphasize the number of years that the couple has been married in the first two paragraphs.
- Keep the speech upbeat and joyous. Every married couple has experienced a lot of trials and tribulations but the wedding anniversary speech is not a time to highlight any of the negative aspects of the marriage. A lot of times speakers want to add humor to the wedding anniversary speech and focus on some of the biggest fights that a couple has had in the past. Keep things positive even if it means taking out some of the humor.
- Try to tell one or two personal stories about the couple in their relationship. Is it a case of opposites attracting? Is there an interesting anecdote about how the couple met and fell in love many moons ago? Is there one activity that the couple enjoys doing together such as sailing, playing bridge, and traveling to the cottage?
Here are five delivery tips for the wedding anniversary speech:
- Keep the speech short and sweet. You should be able to thank everyone and tell a quick story in under five minutes. Nobody wants to hear you ramble on and tell dozens of stories about the happy couple.
- Don't be afraid to inject a little bit of humor into the speech. Of course, you want to keep it clean because there may be children present. Don't tell a joke that you would not feel comfortable telling at a wedding.
- If you really want to amaze people with your speech you should devote about 10 minutes of practice time for every minute of speaking time. If your speech is three minutes long you should devote 30 minutes to rehearsing your speech in front of a mirror or somebody that you trust.
- Present a toast to the couple. You can include a short formal toast of a few lines.
- Remember that the audience wants you to do well and will be highly encouraging. You are not performing in front of a heckling stand-up comedy audience but rather a welcoming group of family and friends. In other words, there is no reason to be nervous.
These ten tips should help you write and deliver a wedding anniversary speech that can entertain any audience.
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