Wedding Speeches, Eulogies and Roast Writer
Warren H. (Sandy) Anderson
30 Years of Wedding Speech and Special Occasion Experience: As 30-year wedding speech writer, I have written more than 400 wedding speeches, 40 eulogies and 30 roasts.
Experienced in Cultures: I have written speeches for a wide variety of cultures all over the world and I have learned how to craft words using the linguistic structure of many lands.
(For details on my 30-year career writing for the best and brightest click back to my home page.)
Wedding Speech for Your Wedding: Many Net-based wedding free-speech or low-cost speech mills, drop the clients information into some kind of automatic computer-driven wedding speech form. I don't. Each wedding speech I write is a unique one-of-a-kind, personal wedding speech geared for each clients wedding and reflect the specific personalities involved in that one wedding. (A step-by-step outline process through which I and my client work together)
Wedding\Rehearsal Dinner Speeches: In my career, have written virtually every kind of wedding speech to include:
Father of the bride wedding speeches
Father-of-the-bride-rehearsal dinner speeches
Best man wedding speech (best man wedding speech)
Best man rehearsal dinner speeches ( best man rehearsal dinner speech)
Mother of the bride wedding speeches
Mother-of-the-bride rehearsal dinner speeches
Father of the groom wedding speech
Father of the groom rehearsal dinner speeches
Mother of the groom wedding speech
Mother of the groom rehearsal dinner speeches
Maid of honor wedding speeches
Maid-of-honor rehearsal dinner speeches
Wedding MC speeches (Wedding emcee speeches)
Wedding day speeches
Wedding anniversary speeches (Golden anniversary speeches) (Silver anniversary speeches)
Normally I prepare my wedding speeches in the following order, but each speech is different:
A welcome or greeting
Light comments about the bride and groom
Some advice for the bride and groom
Sometimes a limerick or poem
Move to a very poignant section
Then, a warm and loving close
My Client-Focused Approach:
Step 1: Client goes to my fill-in-the-blank speech analysis form which collects all the specifics (such as time, date, place, your thoughts and guidance on what you would like to say. You get there by clicking the Customer/writer Speech/Event Information Form below.
Step 2: Client hits the Wedding Speech form submit button on the bottom and the form comes to me by E-mail. (Note: Don't worry about having all the information, just fill out what you can and leave the rest blank.)
Step 3: I send the client a return E-mail with my approach and an estimate of the cost.
Step 4: If I, have a good idea of how to develop the speech, I begin to write; if not, I prepare questions for the client and tape a phone conversation to understand his or her objectives and guidance.
Step 5: Once I feel comfortable that I have the client's OK or that I have arrived at the best approach which I share with the client.
Step 6: Client OK's or comments on approach and I start working on the speech.
Step 7: I prepare either a draft speech, a brief outline or a full draft speech in outline form and send the copy to the client.
Step 8: Client approves draft or provides further guidance and we exchange drafts, until the client is absolutely satisfied that this speech is perfect for them and for the occasion.Let's get started: You may start by filling the form on the following link:
Step 9: After the speech is given, I send the client half-hour by half-hour invoice detailing the time spent on the speech, which will not exceed my estimate unless I have discussed a change with the client.
Wedding\Rehearsal Dinner Speaker\Writer Information Form.
Limericks Are Fun: While I can give you a whole variety of approaches for a wedding speech -- from the poignant and sentimental to the light and funny -- here is just a sample, three verses taken from a ten-verse light limerick approach I wrote as part of a rehearsal dinner speech:
I’ve been asked by my no-back-talk brother,
Because each has regard for the other,
To be his best man,
The best that I can,
I guess ‘cause there was no one other.
We Jones are all now united,
And declare that we’re wholly delighted,
That our own Johnny has found,
The best woman around,
We’re amazed that he was so farsighted.
So I welcome Joanne to our clan
As the finest of mates for our man,
As his friend and his brother,
I know that he’ll love her,
With devotion, there's no greater than
I have become especially adept at writing poignant eulogies and funeral tributes, including scores of funeral tributes at Arlington Cemetery when I was speechwriter for the Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Staff of the Army.
I have written many wedding and special occasion roasts including a line I wrote for President Ford that is featured on my "Home Page," where Ford jibed the then, Secretary of the Army, Bo Callaway about his exhaustive chatter selling the "All-Volunteer Army" concept. After being introduced to a Georgia audience by Secretary Callaway, President Ford began the remarks I wrote, saying:
"You know, Secretary of the Army Bo Callaway is the only many I know, who can talk about the all-volunteer Army for over three hours on a two-hour flight."
Here is my favorite limerick I wrote for Pete Love, Chairman of National Steel, to give at the retirement of an old friend and steel salesman. Bruckel, who sold National's steel to canners, who was a bad golfer and who was quite portly until he had lost weight, was also known for his hard-nosed editing of letters and memos.
A Farewell to Bruckel
We are gathered tonight to retire
A man whom we greatly admire
Referring I am
To the king of the can
Known as Peter L. Bruckel . . . esquire
To Bruckel the dubious duffer
Whose swing made the William's course rougher
Before losing his girth
He caved in the turf
And caused all the grounds crews to suffer
But to Bruckel the peddler of steel
A salesman with awesome appeal
He wooed all the canners
With dinners and manners
That led to a sale with each meal
Now in keeping America Beautiful
There are none who are any more dutiful
In a move somewhat shady
Hired a lone litter lady
Whose figure was quite therapeutical
To Brueckel the humanitarian
And pompous portentous grammarian
His office won't miss
The nits and the picks
The gain goes to those proletarian
So a final farewell to Pete Brueckel
Who gave us all joy and a chuckle
We wish him long life
With Nancy, his wife,
And continued relief for his buckle
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