Wedding Speeches

Wedding speeches are one of the best parts of any wedding day, but if you’re the one giving a wedding speech then it can often be nerve-wracking. Whether you’re the bride, groom, best man, maid of honour or father of the bride, we have a whole host of ideas and examples of wedding speeches ready and waiting to help. We also have lots of wedding speech tips and advice, so by the time the big day arrives you’ll be feeling confident and ready to deliver your wedding speech.

Example Wedding Speeches

Visitors to Hitched who have found the site useful in planning their wedding speeches have kindly agreed to show their speeches here on the site to help you. All of the speeches are very different in content and style so you should be able to pick one that suits you.

We are always after more speeches that we can publish to help with future wedding speeches, so once the big day is over please send us a copy and encourage the rest of the wedding party to do the same. Thanks and good luck.


Best Man Speech Examples

The best man speech is commonly thought of as one of the most entertaining moments in the wedding day, where he will get a chance to roast the groom and tell some funny stories. After a funny opening line or two, the best man will often explain how he met the groom with some humorous anecdotes. The best man speech is traditionally the last wedding speech, after the father of the bride and groom.

Bride Speech Examples

It is now quite common for the bride to say a few words on her wedding day. A lot of brides opt to give a speech, especially if someone close to her could not be present, or if she would like to express her feelings about her entourage, the day or her new spouse.

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Groom Speech Example

The groom replies on behalf of himself and his new spouse, taking the opportunity to thank his parents as well as all those present for their gifts. Any close members of the family who could not attend the wedding because of illness should be wished a speedy recovery. The groom will also compliment his new spouse before proposing a toast to the bridesmaids, thanking them for a job well done. He may also present them with a small gift as a token of their appreciation.

Father of the Bride Speech Examples

The bride's father should be called upon by the toastmaster (or the best man) to propose a toast to the happy couple. Before doing so he would normally welcome his daughter’s new parents-in-law, relatives of both families, any other guests and welcome the bride’s spouse to the family before saying a few words about his daughter.

Maid of Honour/ Best Woman Speech Examples

The maid of honour speech should be light-hearted and have just the right amount of sentiment to allow for some oohs and aaahs! The guests will love to hear some funny stories about the bride; maybe some anecdotes of when you grew up together or a special milestone that you both shared. Try to include a poignant message; say something from the heart. This is a great time for you to tell the bride how much she means to you!