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So much planning goes into every little detail of the wedding day, why shouldn’t speeches be one of those things we plan?

“They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” – Carl W. Buechner

The story of your day and your love story are the backbone of the wedding film we create for you. Great quality speeches during your reception give context to the experience of your wedding day. The story of how you met as a couple, a fun unique memory, or example of your love are all things that can add in telling your story through video. Knowing this, it’s helpful to give your speech givers some basic tips before the big day.

“There are only two types of speakers in the world. 1. The nervous and 2. Liars.” – Mark Twain

It is an honor to be asked to speak at a wedding of someone you love, and with that honor also comes fear of saying the right words. A lot of us, myself included, have fallen victim to the “speak from the heart, the right words will follow” philosophy. I’ll be the first to say from experience, that it doesn’t work! Even the greatest public speakers need a plan.

“It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.” – Mark Twain

You can speak from the heart from a well planned speech. In fact, many times speeches can feel more heartfelt and sincere when they are thought through and prepared for.

“A good speech should be like a woman’s skirt; long enough to cover the subject and short enough to create interest.” ― Winston S. Churchill

Some of the best, most heartfelt speeches we’ve heard are short and to the point. Know what you want to say, and deliver it with confidence. Planning your speech in advance reduces wedding day jitters and allows you to achieve this and enjoy the moment at the same time. And best of all, it empowers us to create a wedding film that is strong, engaging, and enjoyable.

Check out these examples of how wedding speeches make a powerful wedding film:

Special thanks to Michael Kinney at TAG Photography for the awesome bridesmaid speech photo at the top of this post.