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
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