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Wedding Speech Trends for 2020

Wedding Speech Trends for 2020

(*Of course, if you’re looking for more than ‘advice’, check out all the different ways the Speechy team can help you write & deliver a great speech. Or check out our new AI-powered team member, SpeechyAI.)

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Here’s our take on it: the 5 wedding speech trends to bag and the 5 wedding speech trends to bin.

Five Wedding Speech Trends to Bag

  • Spontaneous speeches – no one does an official speech but anyone who wants to give a toast is welcomed to. Good excuse for lots of boozing. Not good for speech writers.
  • The Line-Up Shake-Up – Clearly more brides are giving speeches but plenty of mothers are also getting involved and we’re also working with more fathers of the groom. 5% of our work is now with a category we call ‘miscellaneous”. Which even we find darn intriguing.
  • Joint speeches – We’re working with more couples who want to deliver joint speeches and we love crafting them. It allows both the bride and groom the chance to thank everyone and with same sex couples, it just makes sense. Guests LOVE joint speeches and if they’re written well, they’re also a source of great humour.
  • Getting professional help – More and more savvy couples are realising that words are the best way to decorate a wedding. Sales of Speechy’s bespoke speech writing service rose 36% in 2019 from the previous year. Check out the type of services and products we offer at the bottom of this post.
  • Relaxed Rules – Be polite and welcoming but don’t be restricted by the etiquette rules you’ve probably just Googled. No need to address your friends and family as ‘ladies and gentlemen’ if they’re not.

Five Wedding Speech Trends to Bin

  • The ‘speech clump’ – Rather than have all the wedding speeches in one big block, more couples are playing with the scheduling. We like spaced-out-speeches so one between each course. Means no one is left starving and gives relative strangers something to talk about throughout the meal. Some couples are also saving the best man’s speech till the evening do so even the B-list guests (come on, we know they are) get a sense of why they’re getting to indulge in a free bar and dance to ABBA.
  • PowerPoint – Photo montages on PowerPoint are less powerful these days. Yes, they were funny a decade ago but now they’re just tired and a bit of a hassle.
  • Handing out gifts – often the most awkward part of the speeches. Luckily people have discovered it’s possible to do the public thank you and then give the presents later personally.
  • An all-male line up – Come on, there has to be a women you want to speak at your wedding!
  • Speechstakes – They’ve had their day. Concentrate on entertaining your guests with a great story rather than with this clichéd gamble.

How Speechy Can Help You…

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.

How can we help you?

SpeechyAI

£49

Speech Edit Service

£245

Bespoke Speech Writing Service

£495

Delivery Coaching

£150

Or check out our range of Speech Templates from just £29:

We’re rated ‘Excellent' on Trustpilot for a reason...

''I had an unbelievable experience working with Speechy. From the moment I got in touch with them I felt supported and come the day of my best mans speech, it went down a storm with a standing ovation.''
''Speechy deserves more than 5 stars. (They) produced a factual, funny Mother of the Bride speech with just the right amount of emotion..... it was ingenious. Thank you so much for the wonderful & priceless memory of having delivered my speech at my daughter’s wedding and nailed it ... and got a standing ovation too. My children were very proud of me, including my new son-in-law! ''
''These Guys are tremendous! One main point is that its not their speech - its yours! This is because it is based totally around what you would like to say, but its the spin that Speechy puts on it, that is the magical bit... Ordinary words become a hilariously entertaining event. There were giggles, applauds, laughs, tears, cheers and standing ovation – all in that order!''
''Feeling anxious or stressed about an upcoming speech? Look no further than Speechy... I just delivered my Best Man speech this past weekend and absolutely crushed it. I was nervous leading up to the moment, but while delivering my speech, I didn't want the experience to end, the room was hooked, and laughing at every joke. Worth every penny... Thank you!''
''Navigating through the wedding industry often feels like you’re stuck on a conveyer belt....Speechy is the complete opposite. They treat you and your wedding like you’re the one and only. I couldn’t recommend them more.''
''Heidi and the whole team at Speechy are an absolute gem! In addition to their talent and extensive experience in speech writing, Heidi had an impressive way of listening to me talk about mine and my partners personal anecdotes, before putting it in such a funny and beautiful way that it felt as though she’d known us for years.''
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