Your groom speech is quite possibly the thing that you are most nervous about. Our speech builder should help you write your speech.
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‘I would like to start by thanking my father-in-law for his kind words. I feel very honoured to be welcomed into his family.’
‘Thank you [name] for your kind words’
‘Firstly, I would like to thank [name] for his generous words and for giving me his beautiful daughter’s hand in marriage!
‘I had prepared an excellent speech for you today, but unfortunately, now that I’m married … I’ve been told to read this one instead.’
‘I have been told that this is usually one of the only times in a married man’s life when he can speak without being interrupted … I may be here sometime.’
‘I didn’t actually receive an invitation to the wedding, so I hope I haven’t just eaten somebody else’s meal.’
‘When I asked [bride’s] father if I could marry his daughter, he wanted to know if I would be able to support the family. The answer was no! I was only planning to support his daughter. The rest of them would have to look after themselves.’
‘A lot of people believe that girls marry men who remind them of their fathers, which explains why [bride’s] mother crying so much during the ceremony.’
‘I was a bit nervous about giving a wedding speech so I had a look online for some tips. The best advice came from Franklin D Roosevelt who said “Be sincere; be brief; be seated”. So…..thanks very much for coming!’
‘[bride] says that I never listen….or something like that’
‘[bride], I hope that every day will be as happy as today…..just not as expensive.’
‘Before we got engaged, I asked [bride], ‘If we get married, do you think you will be able to live on my income? she replied, ‘Of course…..but what will you live on?’
‘Since I’ve been with [bride], I have made a point of forgetting my mistakes. There’s no point in two people remembering the same things.’
‘Ever since meeting [father & mother’s names], I was instantly made to feel like part of the family. I would like to thank you both for your warmth and hospitality over the past 4 years and for welcoming me as your son-in-law’
‘I met [father & mother’s names] 4 years ago. Let’s just say I didn’t make a great first-impression. But in spite of that, they have welcomed me with open arms….and for that I am very grateful’
‘I would like to take this opportunity to thank [father & mother’s names] for welcoming me to their family. For treating me like a son and for showing me genuine warmth and love…..even though[something embarrassing about you]’
‘I’m so grateful to be able to call [father & mother’s names] my in-laws. For anyone who knows [bride], you know how kind/caring/compassionate she is and I believe this is down the amazing example you have shown her’
‘My mum and dad have been incredibly supportive of me and I’d like to thank them for all the kindness they have shown [bride]. I know that she really loves having you as her new in-laws.’
‘My own parents have been very supportive of my relationship with [bride] since we started dating, and for that I am very grateful. Thank you for always showing us your love and kindness and for welcoming [bride] into the family’
‘I would like to thank my parents for always supporting me in whatever choices I have made. I’m sure they will agree that marrying [bride] is the best choice I have ever made. Growing up, you have shown me an incredible example of how a marriage should be. My hope for [bride] and I is that we are as happy as you both are.’
‘[bride] has so many qualities, it’s hard to know where to start. Let’s see……well obviously she is a great judge of character.’
‘I’m sure you will all agree that [bride] looks beautiful today (wait for cheer). You are the most beautiful woman I have ever met, not just on the outside but also on the inside. Just knowing you has made me a better person. But now I have the privilege of being able to call you my wife. I cannot believe my luck! I’m proud of everything you do[give specific examples]. I love the way you[give an example of something cute she does]. I cannot wait to spend the rest of our lives together and see what’s next on our adventure.’
‘[bride], you are a beautiful bride and I am very proud to be your husband. I hope that marrying you today in front of all our friends and family shows you how much you mean to me. You are the apple of my eye, the sunshine of my life……and I promise to do whatever I can to make you happy.
‘[bride], when I first asked you out on a date[give specific example], I could not have imagined we would end up here just a few short years later. I consider myself the luckiest man alive to be married to such a wonderful woman….and I always will. I cherish every moment I spend with you and I look forward to spending the rest of our lives together.
‘[bride], you are an amazing woman. I feel so blessed to be able to call you my wife. Every minute of the past 4 years has been an adventure for me and I have loved discovering the incredible person you are. I feel like I know you better than I know myself……but yet you still manage to surprise me with something new every day. I love everything I know about you….and everything I don’t know, I promise to spend the rest of my life learning. And I can’t wait!’
‘Thank you all for taking the time to come and celebrate with us today. We really appreciate the effort you have taken to get here, especially those who have travelled a great distance to be here[thank international guests individually]. It means so much to us to be surrounded by all the people we love on our wedding day so we are very grateful that you all managed to share this special day with us. Thank you also for the generosity you have shown us with all the gifts we have received. We are very grateful for your incredible kindness.’
‘We would like to thank you all for celebrating with us today. For all your kind words and wishes and for your incredible generosity with all the gifts we have received. We are extremely humbled by your kindness and we look forward to spending the rest of the day with you all.’
‘I would like to thank the ushers[names] for all your help in the lead up to the wedding. You’ve been a great help and I’m very grateful for all your support’
‘Thanks to the ushers[names] for all their help in wedding preparations. We couldn’t have done it without you and really appreciate your assistance with all the wedding plans’
‘I would like to thank the ushers[names]….for getting to the church on time(wait for laugh) Not for their help in wedding planning…..they were useless! I’m obviously kidding…..they didn’t get to church on time at all! In all seriousness though, thank you for all your help, I couldn’t have done it without you’.
‘The beautiful bridesmaids[names] have been amazing! They have been a great help to [bride] in helping her with wedding plans and have done a great job in keeping her calm in the lead up to today. So, I would like to ask you to join me in standing and raising your glasses….to the bridesmaids.’
‘We would like to say a special thank you to the bridesmaids[names] who have been a fantastic help with wedding preparations. We could not have done it without you so we are really grateful for all your help. Ladies and gentleman, please join me in raising your glasses…..to the bridesmaids.’
‘I’m sure you will all agree that the bridesmaids look beautiful! I would like to thank them for keeping [bride] calm, for helping her with difficult colour choices(of which I wasn’t included!) and for helping to make the entire wedding planning experience a delight for both [bride] and me. We really appreciate all your help and support in the past few months. Ladies and gentleman, I would like to ask you to stand and raise your glasses…..to the bridesmaids.’
‘Your best man should be your most loyal, caring friend…but in the absence of anyone who fitted that description, I turned to [best man].’
‘[best man] isn’t the sharpest tool in the box. When [bride’s] father toasted ‘Absent Friends’ earlier, I expected [best man] to stand up’
‘[best man] is one of the nicest guys I know. I’ve known him since I was [age] years old and he has always been there for me. He’s been a great help in the lead up to the wedding and he got me to the church on time this morning with no issues. I can’t thank him enough for his help and I feel honoured to have him as my best man’
‘and on that note, I would like to pass over to [best man] to do his best to embarass me. Just remember that [best man] has a wild imagination and has a hard time remembering facts. He has a diploma in over-exaggeration and I’m sure he will tell some unbelievable tales during his speech. The best approach with [best man] is to assume it isn’t true. And with that in mind, I’ll pass you over to [best man].