Six things to avoid in your wedding speech

It is designed to pay tribute to the bride and groom in often the most amusing and entertaining way as possible.

And now Dunston Hall is hoping to find Norfolk’s best wedding speeches as part of a national competition.

Over the next three months, the Norwich-based hotel will be accepting some of most memorable speeches from the county recorded on video.

Dunston Hall general manager Denis McEvoy, said: “We see lots of different wedding speeches from the traditional to the alternative, but whether funny or sentimental, we know a lot of preparation and nerves go into each and every speech to make it memorable.

“Many wedding speeches are captured on camera at Dunston Hall which gives us the perfect opportunity to celebrate the very best real speeches across the UK.

“But what we really want to see is the people of Norfolk getting involved and sharing their wedding speech talents, giving the rest of the country some competition.”

Submitted entries must have been recorded on video, uploaded to the internet and made publically available.

Nominations can come from the speech-giver themselves or from another wedding guest.

They will then be judged by a panel from the hotel group, which includes an expert wedding coordinator.

Prizes for the most memorable entries include an overnight stay, golf lesson, spa day and afternoon tea vouchers for QHotels.

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To enter, send a link to your wedding speech video using the hash tag #weddingspeech to @QHotels on Twitter or the company’s Facebook page.

Speeches from the best man, groom, father of the bride and the bride are all eligible.

Things to avoid in your wedding speech:

Senior speech writer Dolan Cummings from Great Speech Writing has provided these areas to avoid in a wedding speech.

1. The best man should make sure to give a speech that everyone in the room will be able to find funny and not just go for cheap laughs from the groom’s friends.

2. Similarly, when the groom goes to give his speech, he should not spend too much time speaking about the best man. Instead, it should be more focused on his bride.

3. Another big mistake, Mr Cummings said, is to be over sentimental and use too much gushing language, which tends to embarrass people.

4. Speakers should avoid focusing too much on one story or a funny anecdote. They should always remember to thank people who have attended.

5. People making a speech should keep it interesting and avoid turning it into a shopping list by thanking everyone involved individually.

6. Forgetting to thank your mum. Back in 2013 Morston Hall’s head chef Richard Bainbridge made that mistake during his wedding speech and got in touch with the EDP to make a public apology to his mother.

Top five wedding jokes:

1. “Grooms, once you get married remember that when you have a discussion with your future wife, always remember to get the last two words in: “Yes dear”.”

2. “I haven’t spoken to my mother-in-law for 18 months, I don’t like to interrupt her”

3. “A happy marriage is a matter of give and take; the husband gives and the wife takes.”

4. “It doesn’t matter how often a married man changes his job, he still ends up with the same boss.”

5. “A husband is living proof that a wife can take a joke.”

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