Stay Out Of My DM's, Haters
Most wedding speeches are unforgivably bad. I almost changed my mind this weekend at a friend's wedding (most of the speeches were awesome), but, in general, people are horrible at saying interesting or insightful things about other people in public.
I think many people assume that because they love somebody, they'll have something worthwhile to say about them. Unfortunately, some combination of the following is usually what happens:
- They say something horribly generic, like “[bride] is the nicest person I know” or “[groom] is a great guy”
- They tell a you-kind-of-had-to-be-there story that elicits nothing but nervous laughter, or silence
When you say generic things about a person, it makes me think that one of two things is true: a) you actually don't appreciate the person or b) the person actually is as generic and boring as your speech.
Clearly, though, nobody is going to give people feedback on wedding speeches ("hey man, here are seven things I didn't like about your toast...") so they probably never realize how bad they actually bombed.
For the love of (non-existent) God, if you're planning on speaking at a wedding in the next few decades, please actually have something to say and practice, practice, practice.