Calling all bridegrooms - now is your chance to knock 'em dead. You have the only guaranteed captive audience of your life, all feeling emotional, well disposed towards you and ready to hoot with laughter at your weakest joke, so work the room! But do it cleverly.
Start with a great opening line, possibly a sidelong crack at yourself. 'To my in-laws, remember, you're not losing a daughter, you're gaining a couch potato.' Then continue in the same light hearted vein., but tailor your speech to include the whole audience. A string of private jokes that only your family or friends will 'get' is not going to amuse the bride's guests. You are now a couple, so think couple. 'I'll never forget the day my wife told me I was going to marry her.' And so on.
Also, throw in some genuine sentiment. Why not tell the world how strongly you feel about your new wife? If you can't say it today, when can you say it? And you'll have them crying in the aisles as you pay her a sincere tribute. Spend some time thanking your in-laws, parents, best man and assorted friends for their help, throwing in a liberal sprinkling of 'my wife and I' - it's so endearing!
And finally, pay a graceful tribute to the bridesmaids: 'Thanks, ladies, I'll book you every time I get married,' or, if you feel your mum-in-law's eye fixed coldly upon you, just keep it short, sweet and straightforward. Then you can sit down and get back into the champagne, basking in the knowledge of a job well done.
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