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There’s no doubt that writing a speech to be spoken as a newly married man does not come easily to most. You want to be funny, you’d like to be generous in thanks and you don’t want to leave people out. If you’re looking to say something profound, pressure can mount. How do you find the right thing to say?

Fear no more! I have rounded up four books that can provide you with material and quotes to bring your speech to life! Not your usual ‘how to write a great speech’ books, these promise to add a touch of panache to your writings with humour, romance and wisdom multiplied. You will likely have anecdotes and stories of your own to share, and perhaps sentimental quotes from your favourite books or films. However, if you’re feeling a little stuck on where to begin, these tomes will help you along your way to writing a speech your guests will remember for all the right reasons.

1. How to Woo. When, and to Whom – via Berkelouw Books

Do not be put off by the luminous pink cover! Originally published in 1855, this handbook offers amusing advice for those looking for love. If you’re looking for a way to start your speech, why not begin with some wisdom shared from these pages? Amongst the sage guidance sprinkled with poetry, you may find the perfect opening line.


2. The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson – via goodreads

With quotes such as ‘Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail’ and ‘Beware what you set your heart upon, for it surely shall be yours’, Ralph Waldo Emerson is the perfect way to bring some romance into your speech. Flick through any of his writings and you will find words woven together to express love and wonder. If you’re looking for a poet to bring you some pretty words, this is a good place to start.


3. Keep Curious and Carry a Banana – via Barnes & Noble

This may be a niche market, only for brides and grooms who carry a soft spot in their hearts for Curious George. But it seems as though he has plenty of wisdom to share for those looking! With advice such as ‘a blank canvas is a brilliant opportunity’, or ‘begin the day ready to monkey around’, this fun book will offer amusing tips for those wanting to keep things simple.


4. Stuff Every Groom Should Know – via Asos

This book provides advice on every aspect of being a groom, and will come in handy for many a confused or overwhelmed husband-to-be. If you’re looking for guidance in preparing for your wedding day, this book will help when you are not quite sure where to begin.


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Such wonderful inspiration; Curious George has some fabulous words of wisdom!

About Nicola Goring – I’m Nicola, the florist and crafter behind rubyandjoy. I’m a gardening, fabric loving, mint tea drinking, brownie baking, book obsessed maker! I love a good adventure having just moved back from five years in Scotland (with my lovely Scottish husband).