Ah, that is the question. Should the bride take the mic and toast her big day?
I think the short answer is, why not? That being said, it takes a ballsy woman to stand up in front of all her family and friends and declare her love for her man, it takes guts and it takes a lot of tissues.
If you are planning to make a speech at your wedding, be prepared to get emotional, even if you’re not normally pre-disposed to crying. There is something about a wedding that will reduce even the most hardest of women to tears.
If you have something to say, stand up proudly and say it. Your guests will love it, your husband will cherish it and your parents, well, they will never forget it.
TOP TIPS FOR THE PERFECT BRIDAL SPEECH
Make notes – never wing it
Practice the night before in the mirror
Take deep breathes
Thank the people you want to thank but try not to reiterate what your groom or anyone else already said in their speeches
Take an angle and stick to it (for example, thanking your parents)
Why not write a poem to make it memorable?
Have a tissue stashed in your dress in case you well up
Don’t worry if you shed a tear, your sincerity will be heart-warming
If you start crying, take your time, breath and compose yourself and then carry on
Keep it short; your guests will be hungry
Enjoy your moment
Here are some examples of superb bridal speeches to guide and inspire you: