What to stay away from.
Be sure to avoid very lengthy stories or stories that you have to know way to much back story on. Think about this, if you might have to say: “you had to be there.” it’s not the best story for this.
Any stories that involve excessive indulgence in alcohol. Or any other adventures meant for more mature audiences. Weddings are all age shows typically.
And of course do not discuss neither the bride nor the grooms past relationships.
Even if you are fabulous at thinking on your feet it’s best to go over at least a few key words over and over in your mind to remind yourself of what you’d like to say. Also, you will be in front of a large number of people, many whom you may not know very well. So you could be a touch nervous. We definitely don’t say no to an index card as a cheat sheet. This isn’t a public speaking class you can cheat! We only worry that that card comes up missing or covered in wine. Now you are standing up there stammering and rubbing your forehead.
So called “Liquid Courage”.
Do not get drunk, it’s just not a good idea. Use your friends and family surrounding you as your courage. Remember this is a warm audience eager to hear a kind word. There aren’t (or shouldn’t be) any cynics sitting out there wanting to hear a stumble.
Our Favorite quotes (to open or end with):
- One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love. –Sophocles
- May your love be like the misty rain, gentle coming in but flooding the river.–Traditional African
- Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction. –Antoine de Saint-Exupery
- Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.–Voltaire
- A good marriage is at least 80 percent good luck in finding the right person at the right time. The rest is trust.–Nanette Newman
- A good marriage is like a casserole, only those responsible for it really know what goes in it.– Anonymous
- A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.– Mignon McLaughlin
- Laughter is the shortest distance between two people. –Victor Borge
- When you love someone all your saved-up wishes start coming out.–Elizabeth Bowen
- Marriage should be a duet—when one sings, the other claps. –Joe Murray
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