10% of couples now issuing wedding speech guidelines

01 Nov 2017

QHotels has revealed insight into couples' attitudes towards wedding speeches... with surprising results 

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As QHotels continues its search for Britiain's best wedding speech in the 2017 Wedding Speech Awards, the hotel group - now managed by Redefine|BDL Hotels - has unearthed some interesting statistics. 

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.

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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.”

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To view the speeches in the 2017 QHotels Wedding Speech Awards and vote for your favourite, visit www.facebook.com/QHotels/ or follow @QHotelsgroup on Instagram.

Images: Sansom Photography

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