Making a speech at any time can be a daunting task, but when it comes to standing up at a wedding venue on what is bound to be one of the happiest days of your life, it may seem even scarier than usual.
It is usually the job of the men to raise a glass and toast the occasion, but these days, there is nothing to stop the bride from hitching up her wedding dress and saying a few words.
After months of wedding planning, speculation and rumours in the press, Katy Perry and Russell Brand finally tied the knot this autumn and the American songstress decided to give a speech.
The Telegraph India reports that she talked for 30 minutes - gushing with nothing but praise for her new husband - and also sang.
Although you don't have to break into song, or speak for half an hour, there is nothing to stop you from following Katy's example and giving a wedding speech.
A piece posted on Lon's Article Directory by Jared Wilmers offers advice to the groom's best man on preparing the perfect words. Although this is slightly different to a bride getting to her feet, we think many of the same rules still apply.
It is a good idea to begin with a few memories and experiences of life so far with your new husband. Have their been any interesting holidays or memorable day trips? What about an anecdote associated with when you first met or shared your first date? This will ensure you definitely have something to say and help you to remain concise.
Mr Wilmers says that "short and sweet is always best" as no one likes to be bored at a reception, although you could also include some of the things you hope to achieve in later life as husband and wife. Do you want to start a family or are you looking forward to buying a house together?
However, something to remember is that you should try and stay clear of any embarrassing recollections as this has the potential to "pour a bucket of cold water on the celebration", the author continues.
So, how should you actually go about writing the thing?
Mr Wilmers suggests sitting down with a pen and paper before the event and making a list of what you want to include. For further inspiration, why not look back through old photos and pictures to remind you of some of the good times you had together?
Be aware of rushing into your speech when you've finished reminiscing though. The article advises you to think about who has received a wedding invitation and avoid any tales that paint them in a bad light, just in case you end up offending one of the guests. No one wants that on their big day.
Hitched also has plenty of examples of the speeches given by some of our brides, so you'll never be short of a few words. Many women included plenty of thank-yous in their messages, whether it was for help with wedding planning, supplying the food or simply being supportive.
If you're not too keen on the idea of giving a full-on speech, perhaps a few appreciative comments would be right up your street - and show how much you valued the input of your loved ones.
Whichever you decide - best of luck!