The Death Knell of Wedding Speech Templates

A client recently directed me to a wedding “speechwriter” on-line (this one happens to be in England but they’re everywhere) who sells canned speech templates but also promises to write you an “original” speech if you like.  Really?  So, does that mean he won’t use any of the dull, tired lines from the generic speech templates he’s selling in your speech then?  I’m skeptical.

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The Secret to the Best Wedding Speeches

I was working recently with Allan, a father of the bride in New York. We were going over his speech together and he was carefully weighing each word. 

He wanted to be sure we were conveying exactly what he had always wanted to say to his daughter on her wedding day. And he wanted to make sure the words were in exactly the right tone, style and voice.  

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Your Wedding Speech: Should You iPhone It In?

I was excited to receive a video recently from a client giving the best man speech at his friend’s wedding in Boston.

He’s a dentist without much public speaking experience so he was on edge in the days leading up to the wedding. The video showed him a little nervous but mostly energized and feeding off the crowd. He got laughs, cheers and applause throughout. A homerun by any standard.

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Top 5 Reasons Your Wedding Speech is Driving You Crazy

In 19 years as a speechwriter, I've discovered there are 5 major reasons the speech is, for many, the most stressful part of the wedding duties:

REASON #1:   You don't have a lot of speechwriting or public speaking experience, especially at high-profile social events like a wedding (most people don't).

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Dennis Pope