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Weddings & Words

Allison Dempsey
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Helping your write what's in your heart

Few events in life are more stressful than weddings. As wonderful, magical and meaningful as they are, months of planning, organizing, coordinating and general running around can take a toll, rubbing a little bloom off the proverbial rose. While you’re busy arranging table centerpieces, booking just the right venue plus incredible food and musical entertainment, perhaps the last thing you’re focusing on is your wedding speech. In times of great emotion — and great stress — words often fail us, especially words of truth, wisdom and honesty. Whether you’re the bride, groom, best man, bridesmaid, mother, father or good friend, wedding speeches are an integral part of the special day. 

A few tips to consider if you find yourself having to stand and deliver:

Take it Seriously: Jokes and embarrassing tales aside, make sure you include a few heartfelt, meaningful and memorable words. This is a big day for all involved. Don’t belittle it with sarcasm.

Find a Style that Works for You: For instance, if you have a more reserved personality, stick with that for your speech. You’re bound to be nervous enough as it is, so don’t push your comfort zone too far. It’s more important to feel comfortable and sincere.

Keep it Short and Sweet: Speeches are plentiful — often too plentiful! — during the wedding dinner. Less is definitely more, and as long as you choose the right words, they will be remembered.

Don't Procrastinate

This is a big one. Yes, it’s daunting to put your thoughts down to share with a group of people, but the longer you wait, the more nervous you’ll get. Leave yourself lots of time to practice. And, if all else fails, contact someone to assist you.

If you find yourself hovering over your keyboard or empty pad of paper with nothing to say, I can help. I have more than 20 years experience in the writing and editing fields, and words are my passion.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions through my website at, or via email at

Let me help you make the day a little less stressful with the right words!