My Groom's Speech

Our Wedding Cake

Practice Makes Perfect!

This is my wedding speech I made in front of our ~90 guests at my recent wedding. I debated whether I should post it or not, but give the help I received in writing it and all the positive feedback I heard from my friends and family who attended the evening - I thought sharing would certainly help someone out there who may not know where to begin. If you do decide to use any of the material, just please leave me a comment to let me know how you went with your speech.

This was the second public speech (at a wedding) I've ever made, the last one several months ago as the bestman. I was a whole lot less nervous this time around. I still not sure whether it was because I knew everyone present or if I was just a lot more prepared? Either way, the biggest difference in my preparation was that this time around I actually recorded and played it back to myself with earphones >30 times in the days before the wedding, which I think made me a lot more familiar with what I was about to say and help with the delivery.

Anyhow, My Speech:

I would like to start my speech on behalf of my wife and I, by thanking everyone here for attending our special day, it’s a very humbling experience to have you all here. We value and appreciate everyone role that you’ve played in our lives, however large or small.

I’d like to say a few words first about my new family, the Xx’s. Ever since X actually admitted we were going out, I’ve never before received such a warm welcome, by anyone. I’ve always felt very accepted and comfortable around you, unless I was embarrassingly hung over. X1 and X2’s generosity is there reason we’re in such lovely surroundings today. I’m deeply thankful to you for this, for accepting me into your family, and of course the gift of your beautiful daughter X, whom I promise to always love and protect.

Our Table Centre Piece

To my parents, I’m truly blessed to have such wonderful people giving me their unconditional love and helping guide me through life. You have always been there for me when I have needed you. Thank you also for making today possible, and thank you for welcoming X into the family with open arms, it’s never for a moment looked like you were going to struggle with the idea. In fact, I now strongly believe that X is my mother’s favourite child.

Thank you to the gorgeous bridesmaids. Thank you for getting X through her hen’s night, helping her get for ready today, and for managing to have her arrive somewhere on time – you’re obviously far better suited to the task than I am.

To the groomsmen, I couldn’t have asked for a better group of mates to have spent this special occasion with. I’ll always look back on the last 24hrs as a free man with fond memories thanks to you guys. Thanks again for the bucks, I still can’t remember a lot, but a lot of people said I looked like I was having a good time.

I never actually realised that organising a wedding could be difficult? Fortunately for me it wasn’t. Thanks to the amazing dedication, hard work and organisational skills of X, she’s created a wonderful event. Today will end the wedding wall charts, the volumes of miscellaneous wedding notes, and the scattered bridal and flower magazines at home. I even woke up the other morning with a post-it note stuck to my forehead titled “Things to Bring to Wedding”.

Who’d have thought that you could meet and fall in love with someone as <insert nice things here>, right in your own workplace? I started work in January at Ww with X beginning a couple of weeks later. X said that my workplace and life took a sharp turn for the better, when the hot blonde began working there. When in reality, that’s actually pretty close to the truth.

From there, I’ve spent the best 5.5 years of my life, with an amazing person. Amazing for so many reasons, but to be able to put up with my insecurities and shortcomings, and inspire me to be a better person is what I’m most grateful for.

I never dreamed that I would be so lucky to have met and fallen in love with someone like X, let alone have than person love me in return in the way that X loves me. I had always wondered though, if I found myself in this situation, how would I know when I wanted to marry her. Well the answer came to me earlier this year when I had a recurring nightmare – that X and I had broken up, she’d taken the dogs, and I was alone. But then there was no better feeling in the world then waking up, rolling over and seeing X asleep beside me. It became clear that X was the girl for me and I soon proposed. At that point, my nightmares went away and X's dreams came true.

Seeing how beautiful you looked walking down the aisle today, made me realise that perhaps I’m the one who’s getting the better out of this deal. I’m the luckiest man alive to be able to spend the rest of my days with you - the love of my life.

I’m proud of all the choices that we’ve made leading up to this point, and I can honestly say this is the best decision and happiest day of my life.

Everyone, please raise your glasses to my Mrs...

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