Sample Groom's Wedding Speech
A bridegroom's speech should be emotional and optimistic, yet enlivened throughout with humour. It should also be short. Here's an example:
Reverend Green, Ladies and Gentlemen - Friends, we are told that marriage is a lottery. Well if it is, then I have hit the jackpot. Quite simply, I am the luckiest man in the world to have a wife like Karen and and to have friends like you to join us on this, our happiest day - happiest day so far that is. Most couples describe their wedding day as the happiest day of their lives. That worries me because it implies that as from tomorrow there's a lifelong decline ahead. That will not be the case with us. Karen, in the words of your favourite Carpenters' song, 'We've only just begun'. I love you more than yesterday, but less than tomorrow. Our love will continue to grow ... and grow!
You know, I've been lucky in so many ways. Lucky in having the best parents in the world. Parents who knew that the most important thing they could do for their children was to love each other. Lucky in my new parents-in-law. What a horrible expression that is - parents-in-law. Let's call them parents-by marriage. Roy, on behalf of my wife and I, thank you for those kind words, and thanks to you and June for giving us such a lovely wedding and reception, and, even more, for producing a daughter like Karen.
And I really must thank you all for your presence - in both senses of the word. Karen and I are delighted that you all managed to come to our wedding and to have received all those generous gifts. I cannot begin to tell you how much they mean to us. But, once we've returned from the honeymoon, I'll see the guy at the pawn shop, and then I'll have a far better idea.
But let's face it, Karen is a very lucky lady, too. No, I don't mean because she married me, although I suppose she could have done worse. No, I mean because today she also gained two wonderful parents-by-marriage.
Thanks must also go to Ryan for being such an efficient best man. Although I'm not sure how thankful to be because I haven't heard his speech yet. As many of you know, before Ryan joined us at Sun Hill, he was a community cop at West Huntspill . It was early one morning when he received a phone call from an elderly man. 'I can't sleep for the noise,' he complained. 'What's causing it? Do you want me to make an arrest or seize their music equipment?' Ryan asked. 'I'm not sure. It's two cats mating on the wall outside my house. They're making a hideous racket with all their love-making and things.' 'Cats!' exclaimed Ryan. 'Why don't you walk up to the cats, give one of them a sharp prod and tell them that he is wanted on the phone?' 'Will that stop them?' the man asked. 'Well, it certainly stopped me,' Ryan replied bitterly ... Ryan, thank you so much for doing the business for me so well today. No one could hope for a better best man than you!
Now Karen, you thought you knew all the 'thank you's' that would be in my speech. Well there's one you didn't know about. I thank you for becoming my lovely bride. You can't help being lovely ... but you could help becoming my bride. Today, I married my best friend - the lady I laugh with, live for and dream with. Karen, in the words of Robert Browning: 'Grow old with me, the best is yet to be!'
Finally, our thanks must go to the delightful young ladies who have done such a great job in helping Karen up the aisle - although I hope she came to the church of her own free will. They have been wonderful and added so much to the occasion. So please join me in drinking a toast to Petunia, Iris, Primrose and Rose. Ladies and Gentlemen, the bridesmaids!