Being asked to offer a toast or give a speech at a wedding anniversary party is quite an honor. It can also be a time of stress and anxiety for the person who was asked to speak. For most people, the thought of having to get up and speak in public can be scary. This is true even for some who speak in public on a regular basis. Even if you know everyone in the room, this is still a daunting proposition. The good news is that with some preparation and practice, you will be able to deliver a toast or speech that will be meaningful to the couple and memorable to all who hear it. You do not have to be a professional speechwriter to pen words that are meaningful.
If you have been asked to speak it is probably because you know the couple quite well. Your knowledge of the couple is what you can use to make the speech unique and special.
The articles in this section contain advice about writing and delivering a wedding anniversary speech. This advice will help you even if you have never written any type of speech or toast before. You will find general advice as well as tips that are specific to very important milestone anniversaries, such as the 25th and 50th anniversary.
Look at the opportunity to give a speech or toast for what it is: An honor and a chance to show the couple how much you love them and how happy you are that their marriage has survived through the years.
You will also find advice about how to overcome the anxiety that comes with public speaking. You will learn that practice is the key to delivering a wedding anniversary speech in a way that will impress all who hear you.