Being a bride you have the option to do a speech at your wedding also know as a bride speech. In the past few years its becoming more and more common for brides to speak at their own wedding. Good on you because it’s not compulsory and public speaking is one of the hardest things to do. While there is not set structure for a bride’s speech we have seen countless speeches. We have taken from the best, boiled it down so that is meaningful, impacting and relevant guide for the bride.
Unlike other speeches, there is nothing specific you need to cover as a bride does not traditionally speak. What this means is that it is a tradition for the best man to roast the groom, for the father of the bride to talk about his little girl and as such you are not bound to talk about anything specific. That being said feel free to coordinate with other people speaking to make sure you do not repeat what anyone else has said and for your speech to be meaningful and unique.
Before we begin just note that the bride’s speech would technically be the last speech of the evening. Traditionally the groom is the last to speak and close out the night of speeches. If the bride decides to speak, then she has the honour of closing.
Another option that some couples do is speak together. If you and your husband do not like public speaking, then you can boost each other confidence and speak together. Obviously, you would need to practice and work out together but because it is the two of you up there, then it can make it a lot easier 🙂
Introduction To A Bride Speech
Firstly introduce yourself and yes we do know that if the audience does not know who you are then they should not be there or had too much to drink and celebrate on your big day already.
Acknowledgement of guests and loved ones
Thank everyone for attending and thank those that travelled far to be at your wedding (be it interstate or from overseas). Also to pay respects for people who had passed on and you would have given anything for them to be there. It can be anyone from a parent, friend or loved one who could not be there as they have passed on.
How You Met Him
This is where you can have a little fun and give your thoughts of when you first met him.. Talk about your first date and any funny things that happened. However unlike the grooms speech, feel free to talk about other guests (if relevant) that were involved in the blossoming of the relationship.
Mum & Dad
Just like the groom thanking his parents during the speech, it’s only right that you give thanks to your parents. Thank them for being there for you through the years and how they raised you and help shape you into the person you are today. Also don’t forget your new in-laws, you should mention them and thank them for welcoming you into their family and that you will be there for their son in good and bad times.
Your New Husband
This is where you talk about your husband and how he makes you feel. Also the story of why you fell in love with him always goes well. Mention how excited you are to start your new life with him.
Lastly do not forget to thank the guests at your wedding who are there to spend this special day with you. Also mention that you want to see them on the dance floor! Do not forget to finish off with a toast 🙂
Lastly as stated in the beginning, you can choose if you wish to speak or not. It’s your day and if you want to then do it and if not… well, you just don’t have to.
Feel free to check out our other wedding speech guides down below. Here we give you guides for the perfect speech on your wedding day (or anyone else speaking).
- Wedding Speech Handy Hints – A basic guide for all wedding speeches
- Groom’s Speech
- Best Man Speech
- Father Of The Bride Speech
- Father Of The Groom Speech
- Bride Speech
- Maid Of Honour Speech
- Bridesmaid Speech
- Groomsmen Speech
- Cringy And Worst Wedding Speech Guide – A basic guide of what NOT to do
Have you been to a wedding and heard a great bride speech? Or did you hear one that could have been better? Let us know and join the discussion below 🙂