the one where I give a toast

Tuesday, August 3, 2010
I have to give a speech this Friday.

I have to give a speech this Friday at a very good friend's rehearsal dinner.

Have you been to a wedding where you have heard the worst best man or maid of honor speech? You probably don't have to think that hard with that question.Well, I'm trying to avoid that whole catastrophe and give one hell of a kick a** toast to my dear friend, Erin, whose bachelorette party I shared last month.

In order not to blow the three minutes where everyone is watching me at the rehearsal dinner, I've started searching online for what to do and not to do.

Here's what not to do:
- Give a drunken speech
- Share inappropriate stories of the bride
- Talk for an incredibly long time to make the guests roll their eyes as I speak

 To those of you who have given amazing speeches, please feel free to send any tips my way. My plan is to start off with a short story about how we met and go into something that someone smarter than myself wrote that is funny versus being heavily emotional. I'm probably thinking way more into this than necessary but I would like to my friend proud versus being remembered as that bridesmaid who talked entirely too fast about nothing significant.

Let the search begin.....

If you want to follow along on my Chevy Malibu journey, check out my drop-off video here where I receive my Malibu for the month. 

5 comments:

Marie said...

See, I'd have to get drunk to give a speech otherwise it's not happening.

So basically I'm of no help. But I'm pretty sure you'll be awesome! Best of luck!

kakaty said...

My favorite quote about marriage:
"I love being married. It's so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life. -Rita Rudner"

We had it printed on our invitations!

Good luck

The Modern Gal said...

I read a passage from a story once that suited the bride and groom -- I thought it was a good idea until I realized how long I'd been standing up there (plus I was really hungover from the rehearsal dinner, so I wasn't in the best of shape). I'd say reading a poem or story passage is a good idea b/c it takes the thinking out of it, but make sure to keep it short!

Katelin said...

every speech i've given i've just tried to keep it short and tried not to ramble or talk fast (two of my worst habits, haha) and it's gone okay so far.

you'll do wonderously.

Lil' Woman said...

I suck at giving speeches....i'm surprised I can come up with coherent thoughts on here. :)