In your opinion, which four of these are the best bits of advice to someone preparing a Wedding Speech?

Presentation

  1. Speak loudly and clearly.
  2. Make eye-contact with the people you are speaking to.
  3. Don't drink too much before you give your speech.
  4. By all means have notes – but do not read straight from them
  5. Try not to laugh at your own jokes
  6. Let the laughter die down after you have delivered a punch line.

Content

  1. Tell the guests how you come to know the happy couple, without sharing embarrassing stories.
  2. Thank the parents of the bride for hosting the event (if, in fact, they did).
  3. Friendly digs at the bridegroom are fine but, at all costs, avoid ex-girlfriend stories.
  4. Be sure to compliment the bride.
  5. Ideally, your speech should last no more than 10 minutes at the most.
  6. Finish your speech having amused everyone and offended no-one.