The wedding speeches are one of the most anticipated parts of a wedding day and whilst standing up in front of all those people can be a daunting prospect for us mere mortals, celebrities are used to being in the spotlight. From the emotional, to the funny and the utterly crazy (we’re looking at you Kanye), we take a look at some of the best speeches from the world of showbiz.
The chances are you are one of the 18 million people who has watched Tom Fletchers epic wedding speech, in fact if you’re anything like us you’ll have watched it multiple times. The McFly singer ditched the traditional format at his wedding to Giovanna and sang his way through his thank yous to the tune of all our favourite McFly songs including Obviously, Room on the Third Floor and Star Girl.
One of our favourite lines is when he tells his manager and new brother-in-law (Mario from TOWIE!) that they couldn’t be better ushers ‘unless they were Usher.’ We also loved it when he sang to his best men and bandmates ‘You’ve been like brothers and sometimes lovers, but we won’t tell them about that.’ He ended the song with a super emotional version of All About You, which he sang to Giovanna before introducing a choir from the Sylvia Young Theatre School, where the couple met as teenagers. It’s safe to say that no other groom’s speech will ever compare!
It takes a pretty brave bride to have one of the biggest stars in the world as your maid-of-honour, but that’s exactly what Taylor Swift’s best friend Britany did when she tied the knot. Taylor’s lifelong pal married her childhood sweetheart earlier this year, in their hometown in Pennsylvania. In their beautiful wedding video you can hear snippets of Taylor’s touching maid-of-honour speech, where she shares memories of the couple at school:
“He would chase her and pursue her through middle school and junior high and high school, and their paths would diverge and then come back together… It would be so magically unpredictable, but at the same time, so incredibly fated—just like the best love stories are.”
She goes on to talk about her friendship with Britany:
“My favourite accomplishment of my entire life is that everything in my life has changed except for me and Britany…She was my partner in crime at Brownies sleep-away camp, and she was my date to the Grammys.”
The great thing about Kayne West is that you’re never quite sure what he’s going to come out with and his wedding speech was predictably uncensored. In his twenty minute speech, he referred to the Kardashians as an “industry” and called his new family the “most remarkable people of our time” who “can make the world a better place.” He also called his new wife the “ideal celebrity”… how sweet! If you want to make yout wedding more Kanye - and why wouldn't you? - check out our 11 top tips.
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He may have performed on some of the biggest stages in the world but Harry Styles has said giving a speech at his mum’s wedding was the most nerve-wracking thing he’s ever done. Harry was best man when his mum Anne married her long-term partner Robin Twist back in 2013.
Talking about the speech he said “I practiced on my own for days beforehand, on the sofa reciting it to myself. I tried to make it have a bit of everything… When everyone thought it was going to be really emotional, I pulled the rug out from under everyone’s feet and injected a bit of humour. It seemed to go well.”
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Giving a best man’s speech at any wedding is a daunting task but when it happens to be a Royal Wedding and the groom in question is the future King, the pressure is most definitely on. According to sources, Prince Harry didn’t disappoint and managed to make his speech “warm and affectionate” calling his brother ‘The Dude.’ He joked “‘William didn’t have a romantic bone in his body before he met Kate, so I knew it was serious when William suddenly started cooing down the phone at Kate.” Harry went on to say he loves Kate “like a sister.” Funny and sensitive…that is why we love harry!
After his wedding, Mark Wright shared the touching video brother Josh played as part of his best man’s speech. Mark married Michelle Kegan last year and his brother created a montage of videos and pictures from their childhood and more recent years. Mark’s posted the video on twitter, alongside the caption “check out this video that my bro @Joshwright4 played during he's speech at the wedding. #brosforlife”.
After bandmate Tom Fletcher’s wedding speech became a Youtube sensation, Danny Jones had a hard act to follow when he married Georga Horsley in 2014. Danny also choose to express his feelings through music, writing and performing a beautiful song for his new wife. Lucky Georgina shared a snippet of the song on Instagram whilst on honeymoon and we think it’s lovely!
If this has got you thinking about your wedding music, check out our extensive guide to the perfect wedding song.
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Guy Ritchie has admitted he doesn’t remember any of son Rocco’s best man speech from his wedding to Jacquie Ainsley. Guests including David Beckham and Brad Pitt were said to be in stitches at Rocco’s speech, but Guy said he was in ‘no condition’ to remember what was actually said. He did post this cute picture on Instagram saying “My boy giving his speech, good boy that boy.”
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Ant and Dec
When Declan Donnelly said ‘I do’ to Ali Alstall, there was only one person up to the job of best man, TV partner and best friend Ant McPartin. As part of his speech, Ant played video messages from Simon Cowell, Bruce Forsyth, Coldplay and even read a message from Prince Charles. It really does pay to have friends in high places!
Your singing might not be up to pop-star standard and you may not be able to call in favours from celebrity friends but don't miss our top wedding speech tips that will help you to deliver a wedding speech that everyone will remember for all the right reasons