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Presenting Gifts During the Speech

Presenting Gifts During the Speech

Who doesn’t love a big bunch of flowers? Well actually us… if it takes too long to hand them out (see we’re a miserable bunch really).

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The Gift-Giving Rules

Your wedding day is a chance to pay tribute to, not just your new spouse, but all your loved ones and those who have gone above and beyond to help with the wedding planning.

Wedding gifts are becoming more common with some etiquette guides suggesting nearly half your guestlists get a token of your appreciation!

It’s up to you whether you want to spend quite a considerable amount of money on gifts or whether a simple thank you card after the event might suffice.

Whatever the case, many couples opt to give the mother of the bride/groom gifts (generally bouquets of flowers) and they often choose to hand these out as part of the speeches.

From a speechwriter’s point of view, this is a BAD IDEA!

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We’ve been to several weddings recently where a newlywed’s speech gets taken over by handing out gifts to the mums and other nice people. It’s a sweet gesture but it can become awkward. It stops the flow of the speech, and the speaker often has to stand around looking a bit gormless while the gifts are given out.

It’s also unnecessarily ‘showy’.

So just a thought, how about we put this nice gesture somewhere else? What about earlier in the day in a more intimate setting? Or even, after the cutting of the cake when the newlyweds are together and everyone’s already standing up? Or what about a few days prior to the wedding so the mums can utilise a more unusual and thoughtful gift on the actual wedding day?

Remember, it’s your wedding, so do it your way!

The Speechwriting Experts

The Speechy team are TV-trained scriptwriters/comedians by trade & we’ve helped 1,000s of speakers around the world deliver their dream speech.

Our advice has been quoted everywhere from The New York Times to Grazia and from Forbes to The Observer. Our founder has also featured on the BBC Sounds’ Best Men podcast with Jason Manford and written ‘The Modern Couple’s Guide to Wedding Speeches’, published by Little, Brown.

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