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Q: Help with Making and Delivering Speeches ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   6 Comments )
Subject: Help with Making and Delivering Speeches
Category: Relationships and Society > Cultures
Asked by: factseeker-ga
List Price: $30.00
Posted: 18 Jul 2005 02:16 PDT
Expires: 17 Aug 2005 02:16 PDT
Question ID: 544789
I'm looking for a list of the best free web resources on creating speeches. 
Specifically, I'm looking for sites that will help with wedding
speeches and toasts.
You can include paid membership sites if they're really good. But I'd
like to have a list of free informational sites that will help me with
making my own using my own words.

I'd also like to have sites included in the list that will have
information on how to deliver a speech effectively. How to prepare for
a speech and how to practice giving speeches.

These resources should include helpful information for everyone
involved in the wedding:
- Bride
- Groom
- Best Man
- Maid of Honor
- Groomsman
- Bridesmaid
- Bride's Parents
- Groom's Parents
- Friends & Other Relatives

I'd like to be able to send them a list of resources to help them
along. Most of them I'm afraid never given a speech in front of a
large audience...

I've looked a various sites on

But it's only got marginally useful info. I'm not looking for speech
generators or canned speeches.
Although, some of those speeches/toasts directories can be useful as a
starting point when trying to write your own.

Something else that would be helpful is a list of "experts" I might
contact about this and consult with over the phone.

With the wedding coming up, I just want to make sure everyone has what
they need so they'll be able to give the best speeches possible. After
all we spend so much money on this very special day. Wouldn't it be a
shame to shadow it with silly preventable flounders -- like a toast
faux pas? And you only get one chance to do it right!

Looking forward to your answer.

Clarification of Question by factseeker-ga on 18 Jul 2005 02:24 PDT
One more thing: Could you please explain your search strategy so that
I might try to enhance your search even further after you post your
answer. That would be great. Thanks!
Subject: Re: Help with Making and Delivering Speeches
Answered By: easterangel-ga on 18 Jul 2005 05:07 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
HI! Thanks for the question.

Here are some links to websites that can help you with wedding
speeches. The sites content consists of helpful advice on preparing


The Groom?s Response

What is special about the groom's speech?

The groom?s speech


The Bride?s Speech

Best Man:

Tips for Best Man Speeches 

Tips for the best man on writing a wedding toast 

Best Man Wedding Speech Tips


Preparation is the key to public speaking... 


Bridesmaid Guide: 11 Tips for Giving a Terrific Toast,,qj0v,00.html


How groomsmen can garner toasty-warm receptions 

Groom?s Parents

Groom's Parent's Speech

Bride?s Parents

Brides Parent's Speech: 

Father of the Bride Wedding Speech Tips

The father of the bride?s speech


Bride Groom Wedding Speech Tips

Maid of Honor:

Toasting: Tips & Etiquette for the Maid of Honor 

Maid of Honor Speech



Fine Speeches

California Bride Online


Reception Toast Guidelines,,1kk5,00.html 

?The I Do's And Don'ts To Creating The Perfect Wedding Toasts? 

?10 Tips for Writing a Wedding Speech or a Wedding Toast? 

Speech Consultants

The Perfect Toast

Fine Speeches 

Speech Writers 

Poem and Speech Writers Directory (Just Click on a City) 

Rhyme Shop

Instant Wedding Toasts

Sparkling Speeches

Speech Success 

Search strategy used: 

I first inserted the following types of wedding personalities: 

Bride, Groom, Best Man, Maid of Honor, Groomsman, Bridesmaid Bride's
Parents, Groom's Parents

Then I inserted the words: wedding speeches toast tips

I also searched for the terms: wedding speech writers

I hope these links would help you in your research. Before rating this
answer, please ask for a clarification if you have a question or if
you would need further information.
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Request for Answer Clarification by factseeker-ga on 18 Jul 2005 13:08 PDT
That's great, but I was also looking for resources on the following:
"I'd also like to have sites included in the list that will have
information on how to deliver a speech effectively. How to prepare for
a speech and how to practice giving speeches."

Resources to help with the actual mechanics of effective speech
delivery. Not just content tips. For people that have never given
speeches, reading about and writing a wedding speech is one thing. But
actually delivering one is another.
For example, how to practice a speech (is it all about repetition?),
how do you remember what to say?, what to do if you're really
nervous?, etc.
So if you would please include sources that will help with the process
of learning how to give good speeches for novices, that would be
great. Doesn't have to necessarily focus on wedding speeches, just on
the delivery part.

Clarification of Answer by easterangel-ga on 18 Jul 2005 13:52 PDT
Hi thanks for coming back quickly.

Here are some resources about delivering speeches.

Delivery Tips for Wedding Speeches


The Top Ten Speech Preparation and Delivery Tips from

How to Deliver a Speech

Speaking Tips

Speech Anxiety

Delivery Techniques that Bring Your Words to Life

I hope these additional links would be of help.

Thanks again!
factseeker-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $10.00
Thank you for the great resources. I'll have to go through each one
and pull it all together. I think an area I'd like to dig into more is
in ways to help people that are extremely nervous with giving
speeches. You know the kind... prepares a really great speech, then
gets tongue-tied while staring at a sea of eyes staring back at
them... ;-) Guess that all comes with practice. But I'm sure there's
great info on how to overcome that out there as well -- short of
hiring a speech coach that is. Although I also think that toastmasters
are a great way to break out of your shell.
If you come across anything else that might be helpful, please feel
free to post comments.
I asked for great web links and that's exactly what you delivered.
Hope the tip is ok.
Thanks again.

Subject: Re: Help with Making and Delivering Speeches
From: myoarin-ga on 18 Jul 2005 03:05 PDT
This string will give you a very good start:
Subject: Re: Help with Making and Delivering Speeches
From: factseeker-ga on 19 Jul 2005 00:49 PDT
oops. I didn't know the tip was going to show up in my rating. Hope
it's not too embarassing. That was my first question for Google
Subject: Re: Help with Making and Delivering Speeches
From: easterangel-ga on 19 Jul 2005 00:52 PDT
Thanks for a the kind words, the 5 stars and for the generous tip!
Nothing to be ashamed at all, we are very greatful for these kinds of

Subject: Re: Help with Making and Delivering Speeches
From: myoarin-ga on 19 Jul 2005 15:28 PDT
Hi Factseeker,

Nervous and all that:  Practice is indeed the best - only - cure.  The
site for the maid of honor's toast is helpful on this, and not just
for her.

I would suggest that those who have no experience really do practice,
and not just sitting in their bedroom speaking their text but in front
of the family or at least one friend, standing up with a glass in
their hand.  They will be just about as nervous doing that the first
time as they can be, but it is only the first trial run.  For one,
that will convince them that they need to work on it, for another,
they can get feedback.  Some seemingly wonderful turns of phrase just
don't come across; thoughts and sentences to long to be delivered.
AND, having once tried, they will have support and encouragement to keep at it:
"When are you going to let us hear your speech again?"

But I am pretty sure Easterangel's sites will tell you much the same.
I have it behind me.  :-)

Good luck!

Somewhere down among the comments
Subject: Lots of fun ahead
From: factseeker-ga on 19 Jul 2005 22:57 PDT
I must say, looking into this is really fun for me. I'm not much of a
speaker, but reading up on it does help quite a bit. This will help a
Some of the questions from my friends include:
- how do I keep myself from saying the wrong things???
- how will I remember what to say?
etc. So this is great.
Thanks for all your comments. We're all going to have a good time at the wedding!
Subject: Re: Help with Making and Delivering Speeches
From: myoarin-ga on 21 Jul 2005 14:35 PDT
Greetings Factseeker,
As an erstwhile father of the bride, I can understand your finding
this exercise now more fun  - seeing solutions where there were just
question marks before.
I hope so.

If your friends' questions are directed here, I would repeat:

Practice with listeners, and ask them about the content.  Maybe "Great
Aunt Alice" would find something "off color" that others would only
smirk at.

And practicing is the only way to assure that you won't forget
something.  But there is nothing wrong with having notes if it is more
a speech than just a short toast.

And if it is really going to be the full battery of speakers, I expect
that there will have to be a planning session to clarify when each one
says their piece.  Despite each one's wanting to have his/her witty
remarks come as a surprise, you might insist that they stand up and
say their bit before the group, a final rehearsal so to speak.  This
will also be a spur to make sure that each is prepared.  It will also
be a chance to avoid more than one person's mentioning the hilarious
incident when the couple both fell in the pool  - or whatever.  ;-)

But be sure, it will be a grand occasion, even if someone completely
flubs his or her bit.

Have a great time, Myoarin

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