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Rhyming Bride Speech

Rhyming Bride Speech

Wedding verses have been growing in popularity over the years and always get a great response from an audience. Plus you can even print and frame the speech as a keepsake for your new spouse. A speech and decor in one!

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Rhyming Bride Speech Inspo

There are surprisingly few bride’s poems on the internet which is perhaps daunting but also means yours is going to be all the more unique!

To give you an example of how one would look, here’s a bridesmaid delivering the story of how the bride and groom met. Sure, it’s the bridesmaid reading it, but this could easily be the bride recounting their story. It’s a good mix of jokes and sentimentality, with a very thorough yet efficient recap of their lives together and you could do much worse than being influenced by this.

Again, our next speech isn’t technically a poem. It’s a rap. But raps rhyme. So, if you’re feeling brave, you could always copy this. Surprisingly, quite a few brides opt to cover Vanilla Ice’s ‘Ice, Ice Baby’ and this is one of the better examples. It’s a little long, but there’s plenty of jokes. Although, sadly, we won’t be offering her a record contract.

Rhyming Bride Speech Rules

1 – Treat it like a normal bride speech

It’s worth checking out our guide on how to write the perfect bride speech because, despite it being a poem, you still need to cover the same content (but of course, you may wish to have an introduction and summary that doesn’t rhyme).

The bride – depending on the circumstances – may have to thank people for coming and all the people who made the day possible. Of course, the crux of your speech should be paying a tribute to your new spouse and why exactly you love them so much.

2 – How To Get Rhyming Right

Delivering a rhyming speech can make you seem cleverer than you actually are. It’s also an easy way to come across as a pre-schooler reading a poem about their teddy. 

It just depends on your ability. Even if you get the rhyming spot on, you also have to nail the rhythm (actually harder than it sounds).

It is a RISK. But if you do decide to go for it, here’s the cheat’s guide…

  • Decide what point you’re trying to make with the speech and the stories you want to tell. Pull out all the keywords from that content; the ones that are crucial to telling the story and the punchline words.
  • Use a thesaurus to find as many variations of those keywords as possible.
  • Next, use a rhyming dictionary to come up with as many words that rhyme with the keywords and their variants.
  • Spot the rhyming words that could fit into the theme of your speech. Pull out all the useful pairs of words (a keyword and a rhyming word).
  • Now, build your poem using your pairings to create rhyming sentences.
  • Sometimes it’s easier to find a poem that you like to base your rhythm on. For example, use a Pam Ayres poem and base your effort on a similar beat.
  • Put the more tenuous rhyming word or sentence first. The second ‘payoff’ sentence is the one that your poetry is judged on. This is also where the punchline should be.
  • Once you write your first verse, ensure that all the others follow the same pattern and rhythm.
  • One comedy technique is to set up the idea that you’re about to say something rude, but after a pause, reveal something completely innocent. For example, my sister-in- law included this classic in her sister-of-the-groom speech…’He erected a tent, thought that should do the trick, Then he took Heidi to a nudist beach to show off his… suntan.’ 
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3 – Rhyming Reminders

  1. Keep it simple – If it was us, we’d stick to the typical, funny poem structures. AABB (four-line verses within which each couplet rhymes), ABAB (four-line verses where alternate lines rhyme) or AABBA (which is typical of limericks. Just make sure it’s a clean limerick…).
  2. Don’t write too many verses – A typical bride speech is five to eight minutes long but you don’t have to write a poem that long. One or two minutes of poetry is perfect, as you’ll probably spend a couple of minutes setting it up anyway. As with all good speeches, don’t fill the poem out for the sake of it.
  3. Don’t panic if you get stuck! – Everyone does it. No writer can just knock out gold in one go – even the best ones. Go for a walk, do some exercise, have a bath! Push it to the back of your mind and inspiration will strike when you least expect it.
  4. Read the poem out loud – And do it often. Once you’ve written it, you’ll need to practice it and the best way to do it is actually reading it. Not just to practice your delivery, but to make sure everything really does rhyme and fits into the rhythm.
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Speechy’s Bride Speech Example

With the above guide, you’ll be able to write the perfect bride wedding poem in no time. However, if you’d like to see how one actually looks written down, here’s an example. Say your husband-to-be works in recruitment… you could make a fun poem based around how YOU got the job of being his wife.

In a bar in Northampton I met this recruiter.

He told my friends ‘I think I might suit her’…

On the dance floor, he asked for an interview,

Though this was definitely helped by a Jäger or two.

The big day came, I was nervous, not calm,

I knocked over the wine and it spilt on his arm.

I made a fool of myself, couldn’t shut my gob.

But, yet, somehow he gave me the job.

In the ten years since I’ve been committed and keen,

Not getting too angry when the shower’s not clean.

Everything’s easy, I rarely get cross.

Just some of the perks when you sleep with the boss.

I’m so happy I met you, as is clear from this letter.

Although let’s be honest, you couldn’t find anyone better.

You’re the perfect husband, that is plain to see.

Signed, your new wife and ex-employee.

Something personal, but funny, recounting how you both met will always go down well.

So that’s how you do it. Now the only thing left is for you to do just that… do it!

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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