Poems instead of wedding speeches

It’s widely known that Prince Harry’s best man speech was highly entertaining at the royal wedding. Unfortunately not all of us are born entertainers, or speech writers. We were all secretly dreading the best man’s speech at my cousin’s wedding last week because, although a lovely bloke, the best man was never very creative nor a good communicator. When he got up to make his speech, you could cut the atmosphere with a knife. And then out came… a poem. This got me thinking how ideal a poem is for those who don’t want to make a conventional speech.

It doesn't matter what you say as long as it comes from the heart.

It doesn’t matter what you say as long as it comes from the heart.


Light-hearted readings

A wedding is supposed to be a happy occasion, so a light-hearted reading is perfect. I like this excerpt of I Rely on You by Hovis Presley:

I rely on you
like a camera needs a shutter
like a gambler needs a flutter
like a golfer needs a putter
like a buttered scone involves some butter

I rely on you
like an acrobat needs ice cool nerve
like a hairpin needs a drastic curve
like an HGV needs endless derv
like an outside left needs a body swerve

I rely on you
like a handyman needs pliers
like an auctioneer needs buyers
like a laundromat needs driers
like The Good Life needed Richard Briers

I rely on you.


Romantic poetry

There always needs to be a touch of romance at a wedding, and there is an abundance of romantic poems such as This Day I Married My Best Friend by an unknown author:

This day I married my best friend
…the one I laugh with as we share life’s wondrous zest,
as we find new enjoyments and experience all that’s best.
…the one I live for because the world seems brighter
as our happy times are better and our burdens feel much lighter.
…the one I love with every fibre of my soul.

We used to feel vaguely incomplete, now together we are whole.


Poems are great for emotion, especially for those who aren’t used to showing their feelings. For those who aren’t great writers, their material is already written for them, and reading a poem, leaves little room for error.

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