Smaller Weddings Still Need Big Speeches

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I’m fortunate to be able to enhance the success, excitement and intimacy of all types and sizes of weddings around the world.  

The largest was a 640-person celebration in Malibu for a film director.  Southern California weddings are consistently among the largest with most attended by at least 300 guests. 

As you might expect, destination weddings are generally the smallest, including an event I worked on Karma Beach in Bali with 16 people.

A recent article in The Wall Street Journal said the overall guest count at weddings slipped to 141 guests in 2016 from 149 in 2009 according to data from wedding website the Knot. 

But couples are spending more—an average of $245 per guest in 2016 compared with $194 in 2009. Destination weddings can range from $1,000 to $10,000 per person.

Regardless of the size of the wedding, the goal, first and foremost, is to honor the bride and groom with a speech that is fun, warm and completely original. That's one thing that never changes.