“Jealous Witch”: Bride’s Sister Steals The Spotlight By Reading Groom’s Love Letter To Her

Wedding speeches are a common tradition and an essential part of the reception. They’re a great way for the couple and the guests to express love and gratitude for each other and can set the tone for a wholesome, fun, and memorable evening.

However, this bride’s sister used such a precious moment to make it all about herself. During her speech, she unexpectedly took out a love letter that the groom wrote to her when they were in the 8th grade.

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Read further to find the full story and a conversation with wedding vow and speech writer Katelyn Peterson who kindly agreed to tell us what speakers should avoid to save everyone some unnecessary awkwardness.

A wedding speech is a great way to express love and gratitude

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However, this bride’s sister used it to make it all about herself

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While including a few jokes in a wedding speech is fine, you don’t want to cross any lines

Usually, wedding speeches should be short and sweet. While including a few jokes in it is totally fine, you don’t want to cross any lines and make everyone uncomfortable.

Bored Panda contacted wedding vow and speech writer Katelyn Peterson, who kindly agreed to share some things to avoid while making a speech at a wedding.

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She advised, “Skip any words or topics that you’d feel awkward sharing in front of your own grandparents. Save those anecdotes for the bachelor or bachelorette party.

And remember that brevity is key. Shorter speeches will have a greater impact than longer ones. Keep your stories short and your message tight. Guests will thank you for it!”

Peterson mentions that a common mistake people make is not putting enough effort into preparation. “Don’t procrastinate drafting your toast. Start four to eight weeks before the wedding. Begin by jotting down general ideas, stories, and key points. Then, spend most of your time editing those notes into a seamless speech.

Be sure to practice reciting your speech out loud several times before the wedding. Most people aren’t naturally gifted public speakers, so focus on the delivery just as much as the content of your speech. Remember to speak slowly and loudly and to vary your tone for maximum emotional impact.”

When asked what the couple should do when guests have delivered a souring wedding speech, she told us, “The best way to handle a crisis is to avoid one. If your chosen speaker is known for creating awkward tension, choose someone else to give the wedding toast. You can also ask them to send their speeches to the wedding planner so she can vet all the toasts. ”

Things to definitely avoid while making a wedding speech

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One doesn’t have to be proficient in writing or public speaking, but whatever they say has to be sincere and somewhat original. To master the fine line between humor, wholeheartedness, and sentiment, writer Andie Eisen from Coveteur also lists a few things to avoid saying in a wedding speech.

She recommends refraining from making it about yourself, no matter how tempting it is to talk about decades of your friendship with the bride or groom. Make sure that the main subject of your speech is them, not you. “Regardless of your fumbles or nerves, heartfelt emotion and a few cheeky jokes will go a long way for the happy couple,” she adds.

Something else Eisen mentions is knowing where to edit and cut things that may be inappropriate for this occasion. In general, something like the inclusion of stories might not be a good idea. Unless they have an arc, a twist, and a good ending, it’s better to avoid talking about the time the bride got wasted in Amsterdam. If you still wish to go along with it, ensure it shows off their good qualities, not only embarrassment.

Some extra advice from her is not to get too drunk and keep it PG-13. Eisen emphasizes that having a drink beforehand can be good to calm the nerves, as some people could really benefit from it. But knowing your limits is important, and no matter how anxiety-inducing it might be, don’t go toasting shattered. This probably won’t look good, and you risk coming off as disrespectful and irresponsible. As for swear words or “grown-up jokes,” she recommends being aware of the audience. For everyone’s sake, keep the funny bits classy and PG-13.

To round this off, some general topics that should be avoided in a wedding toast include:

  • Bride or groom’s ex-partners
  • Engagement or new baby announcement
  • Referring to marriage as a trap
  • Mentioning that you dated the bride/groom first
  • Talking about your own wedding
  • Betting on how long the couple will last
  • Calling it a “shotgun” event

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Commenters expressed their surprise and even called her a jealous witch

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