10% of couples now issuing wedding speech guidelines
01 Nov 2017
QHotels has revealed insight into couples' attitudes towards wedding speeches... with surprising results
Conducted by Wonderful Wedding Venues from Redefine|BDL Hotels, the survey revealed how couples feel about the speeches before the big day.
40% of newlyweds admitted that the content of speeches was a cause for concern on their wedding day with 1 in 10 confessing to handing out rules to speech-givers. A further 5% demanded to hear all speeches before the day.
Inappropriate stories from the past and offensive content were the top reasons cited for giving couples pre-wedding day nerves, with 14% worrying that the father of the bride would say something either emotional or embarrassing, 14% afraid that the best man would be rude or offensive and 2% nervous about the bridesmaids' speech.
The research also found that we remain traditionalists at heart, with 72% of speech-givers delivering their speech in a solely spoken form while the remainder took a more unconventional route, opting for PowerPoint presentations, props and performances to aid their story-telling.
And here's a fact to bear in mind when the bets begin to be placed... 86% of wedding speeches had a combined duration of 45 minutes or less.
John Stuart, chief operating officer at RBH, said: “Our latest research has helped us to understand how couples prepare their chosen speech-givers, and what they experienced from the speeches themselves (summarised in the infographic below). We hope that it will inspire couples planning their big day and give them a glimpse into what really happens when it comes to one of the most highly-anticipated parts of the day.”
Images: Sansom Photography