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Wedding speeches are a very complex and delicate thing. You want to make them personal, so that the couple doesn’t think you just printed off some templet for “Wedding speeches” online. Obviously, the couple should be able to tell that you put a lot of thought into this. That being said, you can’t get so personal that the audience feels left out, doesn’t know what you’re talking about, or even feels uncomfortable. You need to strike that perfect balance between humorous and serious. You need to consider that there is a range of ages at that wedding—possibly spanning from one-year-olds to 90-year-olds—and so you can’t include too many super specific-to-your generation references, or crude words. You want to nail this speech, but one little slipup could make the couple regret asking you to speak. Here are the dos and don’ts of wedding speeches.

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Don’t: list off the exes

Do not list off every ex of the bride/groom (whomever you’re closest to). You may think it’s a way of showing how far they’ve come, how much they’ve learned, and what competition the spouse was up against. But you’re just making everyone uncomfortable and bringing up painful topics.

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