Wedding speech 101: how not to spoil it for the happy couple

Author and public speaker Aletta Rochat has attended her fair share of wedding ceremonies, many of which involved a cringe-worthy speech.

Rochat wrote "The Wedding Speaker’s Guide", a guide to make sure that wedding speakers are remembered – for all the right reasons.

She said that wedding speeches often go wrong because everyone assumes the wedding speaker will know what to do, without offering them a brief and with limited contextual preparation.

Listen to the full conversation:

After the wedding, speeches that go wrong are often more talked about than the dress, the occasion or the people involved.

Aletta Rochat, author and public speaker

There is a major opportunity for the speeches to go right, but without thought and preparation it can go wrong.

Aletta Rochat, author and public speaker

Remember, it's about the couple getting married. It's not about you.

Aletta Rochat, author and public speaker

Recommended

by THE NEWSROOM
Read More
Eusebius says EFF misread the moment by walking out on President's election

Eusebius says EFF misread the moment by walking out on President's election

Eusebius Mckaiser asked callers what they thought of how opposition parties conducted themselves in yesterday's election.

Women must stop enduring bad sex, says Dr Eve

Women must stop enduring bad sex, says Dr Eve

There's a big difference between 'bad sex' and sexual assault or harassment, clinical sexologist Dr Eve explains.

OPW episode sparks outrage

OPW episode sparks outrage

South Africans have taken to social networks to express outrage after an episode of Our Perfect Wedding featured a man, who boasted on camera about preying on young girls.

Bride-to-be loses wedding venue as hotel school cancels functions over protests

Bride-to-be loses wedding venue as hotel school cancels functions over protests

The Granger Bay Hotel School Restaurant has had to cancel several functions, including a wedding, over ongoing student protests.

Fabulous life: Wedding designs, from the bride to the entourage

Fabulous life: Wedding designs, from the bride to the entourage

Today’s theme on fabulous life is wedding designs and Pippa Hudson speaks to two wedding designers at KLUK CGDT.

Listener gets wedding proposal declined LIVE on-air, wait till u hear her reason

Listener gets wedding proposal declined LIVE on-air, wait till u hear her reason

Sam Cowen got a listener, Johan to propose on-air to Hannie but she declined, her reason was quite fair... He's still married.

Popular articles
I was not introduced to Ajay Gupta - Grootes

I was not introduced to Ajay Gupta - Grootes

Stephen Grootes says he believes former Eskom CEO Brian Dames when said he was not formally introduced to the Gupta family.

Minister Zwane confirms trips to Dubai and Switzerland

Minister Zwane confirms trips to Dubai and Switzerland

EWN parliamentary correspondent Gaye Davis says Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane received detailed and tough questions.

Vavi: I can't sleep at night for making Zuma the president

Vavi: I can't sleep at night for making Zuma the president

Zwelinzima Vavi says South Africa is paying dearly for choices they've made in being angry with Mbeki and not thinking logically.

Zweli Mkhize 'taken by surprise' with latest cabinet reshuffle

Zweli Mkhize 'taken by surprise' with latest cabinet reshuffle

The ANC treasurer-general confirmed Mantashe’s comments that the President did not consult the ANC leadership on the reshuffle.

Zuma is paying it forward and stacking the deck in his favor - Brown

Zuma is paying it forward and stacking the deck in his favor - Brown

Political analyst Karima Brown says the latest Cabinet Reshuffle is a move to strengthen his hand at the December conference.

"Duduzane Zuma is the Gupta family's greatest asset"

"Duduzane Zuma is the Gupta family's greatest asset"

Sunday Times journo Thanduxolo Jika who broke the front page story about the Gupta family emails vouches for their authenticity.

So what exactly is radical economic transformation?

So what exactly is radical economic transformation?

Wits associate professor of economics Christopher Malikane speaks to Azania Mosaka about the term that is being bandied about.

‘My worst fear is being 80 years old and poor’ – famed actor Dr. John Kani

‘My worst fear is being 80 years old and poor’ – famed actor Dr. John Kani

"My earliest memory of money is my father saying, ‘Why do you want to do this thing? How are you going to feed the family?'"

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

The EFF lawyer stole the show during the state capture report court battle.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...