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Anniversary Speech

Anniversary Speech

This section provides some easy, effective techniques with helpful hints and tips on writing an Anniversary speech - a vehicle designed to deliver congratulations on reaching a special Wedding Anniversary such as the 25th or 60th etc.

Read on to make this task as easy as possible...

What exactly is an Anniversary Speech? Definition

Let's start be considering exactly what is an Anniversary speech. Definition:

An Anniversary speech is written to extend congratulations at reaching a special milestone in a marriage.

 These occasions are generally informal but it is always helpful to plan what you are going to say in advance so that the content of your speech is not just left to chance, or just a couple of words like "Happy Anniversary!".

There are various techniques to help complete this type of task and if you are nervous we would also recommend that you check out our free, fast and concise PowerPoint-style presentations on:

Writing a Speech

Giving a Speech

The Main Elements to Writing an Anniversary Speech
The main elements to writing a successful and effective Anniversary speech are to convey a sense of humor to the occasion and contribute some personal anecdotes about the person:

  • Brevity - Less than 3 minutes. Don't bore your audience and remember the quotes by Lord Reading "Always be shorter than anybody dared to hope!" and Franklin D. Roosevelt "Be sincere; be brief; be seated."

  • The Family - Mention those closest to the person convey thanks for arranging the celebration

  • Memories and Anecdotes - Funny personal stories to make everyone smile especially those about their Wedding Day

  • Salutation - Encouraging everyone to join in and say "Happy Anniversary!"

The Structure and Outline of an Anniversary Speech
What is a good structure, outline or good guidelines to writing an Anniversary speech?

  • Your Opener - the opening, ice-breaker or attention grabber

  • The thank you - Thank everyone for attending and mention those who made the arrangements

  • The Anecdotes - Amusing stories about the happy couple

  • Conclusion - Try to end with a memorable punch line or Anniversary quote

  • Salutation - End with "Happy Anniversary!"

Famous Quotes  to include in an Anniversary Speech
The following quotes are selection about Anniversaries - they might inspire you!

  • "Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight." Anniversary Quote by Phyllis Diller

  • "A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance and tenacity. The order varies for any given year." Quote by Paul Sweeney

  • "Love is one long sweet dream, and marriage is the alarm clock." Anniversary Quote by Author Unknown

  • "The bonds of matrimony are like any other bonds - they mature slowly." Anniversary Quote by Peter De Vries.

  • "It's so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life." Anniversary Quote by Rita Rudner

  • "Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction." Quote by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

  • "Love one another and you will be happy. It's as simple and as difficult as that." Quote by Michael Leunig

Anniversary Speech - Tips and Hints on Writing and Giving Speeches
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