The Wedding Speech: It Doesn't Have To Be a Nightmare

How to overcome your fear of public speaking when you have to give a wedding speech.

So you're giving a wedding speech and you're a nervous wreck. Somehow the advice that you were given to imagine the guests in their underwear just isn't doing it for you and you're at your wits end. After all, if you're too terrified to even speak, how good is your speech going to be?

Weddings are an important day and you have to get the wedding speech right. After all, there's a bride who's counting on you to make this part of her day perfect. No pressure, right?

Just Breathe

First of all, take a deep breath. Patti the Perfect Party Planner is here to tell you what you need to know in order to make giving that wedding speech as easy as pie (or wedding cake).

Focus on One Person

When giving the wedding speech, sometimes it's easier to focus on one person and tune out the rest of the room. Pretend that you're just speaking to the bride and groom and that the other people aren't in the room.

While professional speech makers will tell you to give the wedding speech while looking at various people throughout the speech, your goal here is to get through the speech, not to make a career in public speaking.

Practice, Practice, Practice

If your wedding speech is well-rehearsed you'll feel more comfortable and confident giving it. Practice giving the wedding speech every day in front of the mirror and on the day of the speech you'll be surprised how much more confident you feel.

Get Support

Join a public speaking group like Toastmasters. They've been helping people get over their public speaking fears for quite a few years and they're sure to be able to help you get over your fear of giving a wedding speech. You can visit their public speaking website to find a chapter near you.

By following the above advice, you're sure to give the speech of your life and the next wedding speech you're invited to give won't be a problem at all.

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