My privilege to make the first speech

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Ladies, Gentlemen and anyone who might have sneaked in for a free meal, my name is Mike and I am the brother of the bride. It is my privilege to make the first speech.  At least I thought it was a privilege until I realised that I’m actually the warm up act for the groom and the best man. With that in mind I’ll try to be like Kevin Hart – short and entertaining!

I would firstly like to thank everyone for coming today, we have guests who have travelled in from far and wide including places like England and the Canada. I think its shows how much we all want to be here today to celebrate Ella and William’s wedding, it has been a wonderful day and even though the sun has set we have the whole evening ahead of us. Which brings us nicely onto the time that every bride fears…..what is he going to talk about….is he going to tell about the time when…??!! Well as you instructed Ella, I won’t tell of any of those times even though it cost me 99% of my first draft.

As such I did what any self respecting younger brother would do,

On a more serious note it seems like the done thing is to offer some guidance on marriage so I found something with a more pragmatic message – Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction. A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. Success in marriage does not come merely through finding the right mate, but through being the right mate. Another one that I really liked, though somewhat less constructive, was the observation that when a man holds a woman’s hand before marriage it is love; after marriage, it’s in self-defence.

With that in mind, I know that William has chosen well and I believe that Ella has too and I wish them well for a long, happy and prosperous future together. I can’t stress enough how proud I am today, and how good it is to have you all here. Once again, I hope you all have a wonderful evening.

I would like to thank you both for the honour of giving this speech, it has been a great day and I, like everyone here is privileged to share it with you. Ladies and Gentlemen, please be upstanding and raise your glasses for the first of many toasts. Here’s to the future, for all that you look forward to together. To the Bride … Ella…The new Mrs. Jones.

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