You’re marrying the man of your dreams. So why not make him feel extra special by paying tribute to him the way all the most famous romantics in history have done so – with a poem, AKA a bride rhyming 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 husband. Think how good that’ll look in your house 😉
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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
That’s how a wedding poem can look. But how do you write yours?
- 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 can still encompass everything in there. The bride – depending on the circumstances – may have to thank people for coming and all the people who made the day possible. You don’t have to do this part in prose, it’s up to you. But the bulk of your poem will be to pay tribute to your groom with some funny anecdotes from your life together so far. This will work just as well in verse form as in prose.
- 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…).
- Don’t write too many verses! – A typical bride speech is five or six minutes long. But you don’t have to write a poem that goes on as long as that. Two or three minutes of poem 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, just choose the créme de la créme of your endless stories about the groom.
- 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 on a walk, do some exercise, have a bath! Push it to the back of your mind an inspiration will strike when you least expect it.
- Read the poem out loud! – And do it a lot! 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 fit into the rhythm. Once confident enough, try it again but in front of a friend or family member. You’ll nail it in no time.
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!
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