There is only one thing I strongly encourage all of the grooms I work with to exclusively* do during their wedding reception: deliver a Groom’s Speech. For some, the fear in their eyes shows immediate as I speak those two words; many grooms already dread having to write, and speak, their own wedding vows.
The fact is, a Groom’s Speech shouldn’t be something you fear at all; you should look forward to it. Not only is it a great way to thank those that helped make the wedding reception possible, but it also allows you to reflect on an event that brought two families together. And there are two simple elements to an effective Groom’s Speech: heart and light, playful humor. (Warning: if your humor tends to be sarcastic, tread lightly. In public speaking, it’s best to error towards the safe side.)