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How We Write an Engagement Speech

 

Why the need for a speech?

Congrats on your engagement! You've gathered family and friends for a celebration of what's to come. Guests want to feel like they're part of a great love story. Providing insight into this story and acknowledging the support of family and friends is the name of the game for this speech.

How we write an Engagement Speech

 

We consider the Engagement Speech a cut-down version of the wedding speech. We typically follow the structure below when creating an Engagement Speech. To satisfy guests' needs to feel acknowledged and part of your journey, we summarise your proposal, your heartfelt feelings about the engagement, a thank you to guests, and recognition of hosts and others who have helped with preparations. You may wish to include more or less depending on whether the formality of the event. Typically, engagement parties are casual, so we like to keep it brief and relaxed. As long as you consider the below and whether they are appropriate for your engagement party, you'll create a great speech that impresses your guests.

Audience

Chances are your party is fairly casual, so there is probably no need to get too formal. Add some jokes, and keep it light and fun. But, before writing your speech, consider what is appropriate for your audience. Think about who will be there and what they might want to hear. Remember - a speech is for the listener, not the speaker. Make sure your speech suits the tastes of your guests.

Theme

Another thought before writing your speech - think about what message you are trying to send with the speech. It’s too easy for most to simply write something “because they have to” without thinking about what they want guests to think of the speech. Obviously, you’ll want to please your guests and fiance, but consider getting more specific. Understanding this will ensure you send a clear message with your speech, and it helps you to come up with ideas. 

Hook

The very first words in your speech. ​Most people skip straight to the Welcome and Thanks, which is OK. But, consider launching straight into a comment or a story about the engagement, your fianceor an opinion about the event. This will pique the interest of your audience and have them thinking, “Hmm, didn’t expect this. What’s going to happen next?”. We like to grab the audience's attention immediately and have them wanting more. 

Welcome and Thanks

Time for the formalities. Welcoming the audience and acknowledging family, friends, absentees, those who have traveled long distances, and others will have everyone feeling appreciated and part of the group.

Proposal

Following your Welcome and Thanks, provide a brief insight into the proposal. This will start your guests on the journey of your love story. You might want to tell the whole story, but think ahead and consider whether you want to save this for your speech at the wedding.

 

 

Affection

As you approach the end of your speech, keep your guests on the "love train" by making a quick comment about how you feel about your fiance. 

Close

Finish your speech with, of course, a toast! A final acknowledgment of guests and hosts will end your Engagement Speech will leave guests with feelings of love and happiness.

Your Delivery

Consider how you are delivering your speech. There may be times in your speech that you should vary your tone and volume, and times you should use gestures. These tools will help to get maximum impact, so consider this when you write your speech. For more on how to deliver an Engagement Speech, check out our Resources page.

Final thoughts

At SpeechForm, we believe your efforts to write your Engagement Speech is not to just “get it done”, but to make the speech enjoyable, memorable, and one that has people approaching you to sing their praises for your speech. After all, you will have put in a lot of effort. There is something special about making an impact on your audience when you thought your sole job was just to “get through it”. Make sure to include the above points so that the audience gets what they expect from your speech. And always ask yourself - what am I trying to achieve with this speech? Keep that in mind as you develop your content.

 

Remember to rehearse. This is a performance. The more you develop your speech and rehearse, the greater the impression you will make. Confidence through a well-written speech is great, but using your voice and your body effectively only comes through practice. 

 

Get it right, and you will leave a lasting impression that your audience will remember long after the wedding.

 

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