The wedding party and the DJ put together such a spectacle that got everyone energized after the cocktail hour. The bride and groom’s entry was equally as fun, ending with a touching first dance with them singing to each other and literally dancing serenely as if no one were watching. The next hour would be the most challenging of the whole engagement process: sitting through a series of speeches similar to a Netflix marathon, but without fast forward button, with a fraction of the engagement and definitely with no chill.
I’ve wanted to write this series on preparing a good line-up of speeches for your wedding (or event) for some time now. With my attendance at tens of weddings and having to relive them ALL through the editing process, I’d love to offer some insights for making your speeches a fertile oasis in the program instead of “something to kill time with during dinner”.
I was tempted to do a little background research for this article into the origin of wedding speeches. Let’s face it, they’ve been done as far back as we can remember and it just seems so automatic that we should volunteer a few members of the wedding party and our family as tributes before the crowd. But I ditched the background research and decision to share my observations from a point of expertise.
Ryan Walters, the founder and operator of Aperture Lane. Look forward to sharing great stories with you!