One important thing you have to understand when writing your wedding speech is that it’s not a corporate presentation or a political rally. When preparing good wedding speeches you should always consider to slip in light humor and a couple of jokes. The groom wedding speech is supposed to be funny, witty and entertaining, and reflect your emotions and experiences.
Even if you’re not good at telling jokes, you really should try. Obviously you’re not doing stand-up comedy, but an occasional joke can help you and your listeners relax, and they will be sure to pay more attention to what you’re saying. It can also help hide your inevitable nervousness over the whole ordeal.
As with many public speaking events, making eye contact with your audience is also very helpful. Don’t just stare at your feet or the ceiling, but try to interact with your listeners. Even if your speech is funny, it’s hard to appear humorous when you look like a complete anti-social tool or talk like you’re at a funeral. Your wedding is a happy occasion, and your speech should reflect that.
One of the best ways to make your speech funny is to share some of your and the bride’s common experiences. Think about all the things you went through and see if any of the situations you found yourself in are funny. Perhaps those situations weren’t funny when they happened, but reflecting back on them can score you some laughs. There’s always some anecdote about how you two met or fell in love, and real-life experiences are always better than imaginary stories.
You could even say how her parents hated you at first or something along those lines, but make sure you don’t insult anyone, intentionally or otherwise. Your toast should always aim to please everyone in the audience, and you should avoid saying anything that might not.
In one of the following articles I’ll go over some frequent joke examples that anyone can use in their speech.