Hi, I’m Ian Heydon. As well as being an award-winning comedy writer, I have also been a wedding coordinator – that’s how this site came about. To help blokes (and ladies) carry out their speaking duties on the wedding day with charm and class… to make the bride’s day even more wonderful… to win the heart of the bride’s mother… and not put the other guests to sleep or make them crawl under the table cringing. It’s not that hard – it just takes a bit of planning and understanding.
As the saying goes, “women are from Venus, men are from Mars.” Sorry to generalise but women are a different breed of cattle, especially when it comes to getting married. The Big Day (and the lead up to it) is a totally different universe for the two genders. Basically the groom just has to turn up on time and say a few words at the reception. As long as he looks tidy, pretends to understand his future wife’s needs and throws compliments at every opportunity, the day should be a breeze.
For the day to be a breeze for the bride however, these few little things have to fall into place neatly – the bridal gown, the shoes, the flowers, the bridesmaid, the bridesmaid’s frock, the bridesmaid’s shoes, the flower girl, the bouquet, the other flowers, the hair, the make-up, the nails, the bubbly at the hairdressers, the spray-tan, the lingerie, the photographer, the church decorations, the table decorations, the vows, the father-of-the-bride’s suit, the ceremony music, the reception music, the gifts for the bridesmaid and attendants, the cake, the transportation, the entrance or walk down the aisle, and the speeches.
Yes, she will finally get to the bit where the focus is on her bloke but you can see why there’s never been a TV show called ‘Groomzilla’. And, of course, while she attends to “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”, the Best Man will quietly assess the Bridesmaid, perhaps just thinking something blue.
On the left you will find navigation sections for each of the main male roles at a wedding giving the traditional duties for each and tips on how to give a winning speech at the reception. Basically, the trick to successful wedding speeches is to find an angle, write and rehearse the speech, then just extend your own persona to come across as a clever version of you!
Good luck – I hope this site helps you do the right thing.