A groom who chooses to give a speech during their wedding may do so at the rehearsal dinner or reception. Although there are no specific rules regarding giving a speech, being kind, open, and welcoming usually ensures success.
Three Speech Examples
Each speech below can be customized to suit your wedding. Click on the image to print the samples using your PDF program, like Adobe Reader, to download, print, and save them to your computer.
Sample Speech One
Hello everyone, I would like to thank you all for coming here today to celebrate with us. It means the world to myself and __________________ (bride's name) that you chose to take time out of your busy schedules and acknowledge our nuptials.
When I met ________________ (bride's name) on _________________ (date of first meeting), I felt __________________________________________ (describe how felt at time of meeting new wife). At the time we were both ____________________________ (describe place, situation or life events going on at the time), which meant ___________________________ (explain the impact of this event or situation). I had no idea then that she would become my wife, which I displayed by ____________________________________ (describe how the groom acted when he first met the bride).
However, after _________ years (or months), I finally understood that, without ________________________ (bride's name), I was incomplete. I have never been happier than when she agreed to marry me or today, when she finally became my spouse.
I cannot thank our parents enough for their support. I also cannot thank you all enough for demonstrating your support for our relationship by joining us here today. Thank you.
Sample Speech Two
Hi, there, everyone. When __________________ (bride's name) and I discussed my giving a speech, I never thought I'd be so nervous. The funny thing is that I'm more nervous now than ever, even when I was standing at the altar today. You see, I have never questioned my love for _________________ (bride's name) or our relationship. I know in my heart that she and I are made for each other and a perfect match because ________________________________________. Because of this, there is nothing I was more certain of in my entire life than marrying _______________ (bride's name). Although the wedding process can be stressful for some guys - as can be asking someone to marry them - I have always felt 100 percent secure in my decision. I am, however, still extremely glad that ________________ (bride's name) said yes and that she showed up today!
____________________ (bride's name), I love you, and cannot thank you enough for all you do for me and for being willing to become my wife. I think that everyone in this room can agree with the statement that you make me a better person. After all, it was you who got me to __________________________________ (insert something funny that the bride induced the groom to change or do). And obviously that was a huge success!
Also, thank you to everyone here tonight and our families. Your support means the world to us. I hope you all will join me in raising your glass to my beautiful bride, our parents, and all of you for being here today.
Sample Speech Three
Well, I think you all know me, but in case you don't, I'm __________________ (insert groom's name), the groom in this wedding. I speak on behalf of myself and __________________ (bride's name) when I say "thank you" for being here tonight to celebrate us.
Wow, to think that _______________________ (insert "in a short time" or "a short time ago", depending on when speech is delivered) ___________________ (bride's name) and I _______________________ (insert "will become" or "became") man and wife. We're officially a joint entity! _________________ (bride's name,), isn't it romantic to think of ourselves as a legal, joint entity? Although some people may say "no", I find our newfound partnership extremely romantic.
But seriously, though, thank you for marrying me. Without you I would be lost and definitely less loved.
And now, I introduce ____________________ (next speaker), ______________________________ (insert relationship of speaker to wedding party or couple), who would like to say a few words.
Common Elements to Include
There are no specific requirements for a groom's speech. However, there are some common elements that make such a speech appear complete and in tune with the event's mood. These include:
- Thanking parents for their support
- Thanking guests for attending
- Thanking the bride for agreeing to marry the groom
- Telling a sentimental story or explaining why the bride means so much to the groom
Regardless of content, however, the speech should reflect the couple's style, such as lighthearted or serious, and the mood of the event, meaning informal or formal. Giving an informal speech during a formal wedding reception could make the speech seem out of place or guests uncomfortable.
How to end the speech is up to the groom, but may be accomplished by:
- Thanking the listeners
- Introducing the next speaker, such as the best man
- Raising a glass in a toast to the bride, couple's parents, or guests
Including several or all of these elements allows a groom to give a thorough, uplifting, and romantic speech.
Giving the Speech
While giving the speech, the groom should slowly and elucidate so that all guests can hear and understand him. The groom can give the speech at the couple's table, on the stage set up for the band, or on the dance floor - wherever he feels most comfortable. Note, however, that giving a speech at a table is considered informal.
It is perfectly acceptable for the groom to bring a copy of the speech or notes with him during the speech. However, the groom should not just read directly from those notes, but rather use them as guidance. He should practice the speech a few times prior to ensure that he knows its general outline, flow, and contents.
Also, if he plans on closing with a toast, he should remember to bring his glass up to the microphone. This will avoid a delay in the speech while he retrieves his glass and allows him to close appropriately and on time.
Delivering Your Groom's Speech
Customize your speech to your wedding's mood and for your bride so that it reflects you two and your event. Remember, practice makes perfect!