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Groom Speech: How to Ensure Your Groom Wedding Speech Rocks

Your groom speech is an essential part of your big day. It’s time for you to shine in front of your friends and family and share your thoughts about your beautiful bride. Even if you are not an expert in public speaking or an experienced speechwriter, the following tips will help you create a groom wedding speech that will be admired and remembered. 

Groom speech structure

As a first step, here’s a way to organise your speech. If you are looking for a groom speech template, simply copy and pastes these steps and fill in the spaces with your unique information:

  1. Welcome guests. “On behalf of my wife and me…” Of course, your wife might be speaking also which is more common than it was in the past. 
  2. Mention anyone who has travelled a long way or made a special effort to attend. This might include an elderly relative who made the extra effort to attend despite health issues. 
  3. Thank your best man and the wedding party for their assistance with your wedding plans and help on your special day. Don’t forget to thank others who have helped during the day. It’s also nice to mention the venue and the servers if you think they have done a good job. 
  4. How you got to this point. This can include how you much and major milestones in your relationship, such as how you met, meeting her parents, taking a long trip together, and overcoming challenges together. The father of the bride will cover the bride’s early life, so you don’t need to mention this time in your groom wedding speech.  
  5. Mention your bride’s positive qualities and how you complement each other well. “She’s outgoing, fun, friendly, loyal and considerate. She also is very organised, which will help me overcome some of the chaos I create.” 
  6. Thank your mum and dad and mention the positive influence they had on you. Also mention the bride’s parents and how they raised such a beautiful woman. 
  7. Speak about your bride and how you will spend the rest of your life. “I can honestly say that Luci has made me a better person and I look forward to spending many more happy years with her, continuing our journey and raising a family together.”
  8. Propose a toast to your bride.

Although we don’t provide groom speech examples here, follow these steps to create your own groom wedding speech (or contact us for assistance). 

Groom wedding speech icebreaker

Grooms often ask us if they need a groom speech icebreaker. In general, the groom’s wedding speech is formal but you can include some humour and fun. You don’t necessarily need to do this at the beginning. You can mention any funny stories about things that have happened to you and the best man over the years or humorous stories about meeting and dating your bride. You can always find funny stories to include, but be careful not to embarrass or offend anyone. If you have any doubts about jokes or humour, ask a family member or friend what they think to get another opinion. 

Groom speech ending

The groom wedding speech ending can be the most challenging part. It’s where you show the love and support for your new bride with kind words. You want it to be heartfelt but most men don’t what to be ‘mushy’. Of course, this will depend on your personality and how comfortable you are in expressing your emotions in public. 

Here are two examples of groom speech endings to give you some ideas:

“Theresa, you make me feel deeply loved. Ever since we met I’ve been elated and exhilarated. Thank you for having me as your husband and filling me with joy each day.

“Someone once said, “Well married, a man is winged.”  You have given me wings, and I look forward to a bright and happy future together.

“Now, I would like to bring my speech to end with a toast to my new wife – the love of my life.

“Please be upstanding and raise your glasses –  to Theresa.” 


“And, of course, I’ve saved the best for last: my radiant new wife Nadia.

“Someone once said: love isn’t a noun, it’s a verb. It isn’t something you get, it’s something you do. It’s how you love your partner every day.

“Well, Nadia, I plan on making every day of our lives together better than the day before. Over the last three years, I’ve already fallen in love with you a million times over. You bring order to my chaos, beauty to my world and on top of all that you cook a mean Italian cuisine, one of the true keys to my heart.

“We’ve already been to Japan, Hong Kong, Europe and beyond together. I look forward to sharing many more adventures in the future

“I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you.

“Everyone, please join me in toasting my bride: To Nadia.” 

The wedding toast is usually the last thing mentioned, as found in these examples.

Getting help to create a great groom speech

Contact us on 1300 731 955 or email to get assistance with your groom speech. We’ll be glad to discuss wedding day speech requirements. 

Also, here’s some general information on wedding speeches and best man speech tips.