Just See This Sample or Wedding Anniversary Speech Sample, And You’ll Be Seconds Away From Writing a Heartfelt and Memorable Speech
This Is The Best Source Of Ideas
Last time, we looked at how and where to get ideas for your wedding anniversary speech. Today, we are going to look at one key thing that will really help you to put down whatever is on your mind.
And I’d like to introduce you to speech samples.
Here and elsewhere, I keep on trumpeting on why such wedding anniversary speech samples or examples are so essential. Here is a reminder if perhaps you have forgotten about it all.
You see, such samples, particularly, if well written contain so many ideas and examples you can use to crafting your unique presentation.
Which is why this very afternoon, I’d like to draw your attention to this beautiful 60th wedding anniversary speech by Jeff Sauer.
Why It Doesn’t Matter
Please note that though this might be for 60th milestone, you can always tweak it to suit your own needs.
It has some useful lessons and tips for you whether you are celebrating your 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th,30th, 35th, 40th, 50th, 60th, 70th, 75th wedding anniversary, and so on
So, you better pay attention to it.
Let us begin by first breaking down Jeff’s speech into constituents, and interpreting it on our own way and looking at what went on behind the scenes.
A Moving Speech
Here is what Jeff said when he opened the speech.
'' Hello, my name is Jeff Sauer, Grandson of Norb and Lenore, and welcome to our celebration of 60 years of marriage between Lenore and Norby, or as we affectionately call them; Lenorby.
I will be your master of ceremonies for this event, and I hope that you’ll soon find that you are in good hands. Grandpa chose me to host this event because he says I remind him of a young Bob Hope.
I have no idea what that means, but I am taking it as a compliment.
Enough about me. The real reason why we are here is to celebrate the 60th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Norbert T Koch.''
Anything to pick from the excerpt? Well, let me give you a couple of them.
Always Start With This
The writer began by saluting the wedding guests and saying who he was to the couple, and welcoming them to the marriage anniversary of his grand mom and granddad.
That was very thoughtful. Anytime, you are asked to give such a speech, you certainly have to take the route too.
If the couple is your parents, or if he or she is your husband or wife, you have to tell everyone.
On no account should you assume that all the wedding guests know who they are.
Your friends might come along with other friends and it is rightly fitting for you to do just that.
Enough said about that. Let us move ahead by reading the subsequent lines.
''60 years! 6 – 0. That’s not a typo. 60 years! That is a long time for two people to be together. In fact, this type of longevity is almost unheard of in modern times. This is a testament to their long lasting love and devotion.
To see how they made it this far, let me give you some insight into how things came to be.
Norbert Thomas Koch and Mary Lenore Leroux had modest upbringings. Norb grew up in North Minneapolis, back in a time where it was safe to drive through the neighborhood with your windows down. Lenore grew up in the town of Hamel, on a farm that is now a high school and a housing development.
Due to some unfortunate turns in life, Norb was tasked with helping to prove for his family from an early age. In order to make ends meet, he had to make money in whatever way he could, including selling newspapers and shoveling sidewalks.
One can only assume that working at such an early age instilled him with a great work ethic, and the drive necessary to achieve his own financial independence.
Lenore was a farm girl, and still has the green thumb to prove it. Over the years I have heard many great stories about Grandma’s days on the farm, but I think my favorite is the story about when she took the truck for a spin with her sister Jeanette when grandma wasn’t yet a teenager.''
If you go back to read this portion, you’ll discover that he indicates the number of years Norbert and Lenore have been together.
And then goes on to talk about Norbert and Lenore in that order.
Make Sure This Follows Chronologically
This is the start of the body, and Jeff was right to do that seeing he decided to go give a rundown of how his grand mom and granddad lived back in the days.
If you ask me, if you can do that too. I will say nod in agreement. But that’s not the only way to put your thoughts together so they flow in a coherent and logical manner.
There are so many ways to organize the flow of the body of your wedding anniversary speech and here are quite a few ways.
How To Organize The Body Of Your Speech
Once again, the above approach is perfect.
Second, you can begin with a quote about parental love or the love of grandparents or quotes about love and work it out from there.
Let us as an example say we are writing a speech for our wife right?
So, we search quotes up and we discover the following
1. ''One of the greatest titles in the world is parent, and one of the biggest blessings in the world is to have parents to call mom and dad.'' --- Jim DeMint
2. '' Parents are the ultimate role models for children. Every word, movement and action has an effect. No other person or outside force has a greater influence on a child than the parent. '' --- Bob Keeshan
3. '' To be a good father and mother requires that the parents defer many of their own needs and desires in favor of the needs of their children. As a consequence of this sacrifice, conscientious parents develop a nobility of character and learn to put into practice the selfless truths taught by the Savior Himself. ''--- James E. Faust
4. '' At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child's success is the positive involvement of parents.''---Jane D. Hull
5. ''The best students come from homes where education is revered: where there are books, and children see their parents reading them.''--- Leo Buscaglia
6. ''Being kind is the most important thing I've ever been taught. That's what my parents always told me - more important than ambition or success is being kind to people. The cornerstone of my life. What I aspire to is to be kind.'' ---Rafe Spall
Now, let us go for quote # 3 and quote # 6 and write a short wedding speech based on who our addressee is. Let us assume that this is a speech meant for our parents.
So I am going to use the following.
''To be a good father and mother requires that the parents defer many of their own needs and desires in favor of the needs of their children. As a consequence of this sacrifice, conscientious parents develop a nobility of character and learn to put into practice the selfless truths taught by the Savior Himself.'' --- James E. Faust
'' Being kind is the most important thing I've ever been taught. That's what my parents always told me - more important than ambition or success is being kind to people. The cornerstone of my life. What I aspire to is to be kind.'' ---Rafe Spall
Now, here is my version (your version) of what happens when we combine both quotes.
Here Is A Very Short Example
'' Dad and mom, when I became a mom for the very first time, you drove over to visit and as we conserved, you told me that being a caring mom requires that I defer my own needs and desires in favor of my new born child.
I heeded your wise counsel without hesitation and I am proud to let you know that I now have two kids who told me just this morning that they too are going to put the needs of their own children first when they give birth because they have seen that it pays to do so.
I love you mom. I love you dad and I truly appreciate all that you have done for me over the years.''
I hope you too can write something with the other quotations. You just have to paraphrase them to make them yours.
Third, you can simply thank your grandparents for what they have done for you and just end it. That way, it will be short and heartfelt.
Fourth, you can use stories (fiction) to write up something memorable. Take the Titanic story for example. Jack and Ross unflinching love comes into full circle as the great boat sinks.
And if you want to use that, you have to draw lessons from that movie and tell everyone why the couple’s love is in many ways like the Titanic lovers. Simply put, your message should be somewhat related to that movie.
If you are married, then, you can tell how your grandparents’ marriage has been a great model.
If you are addressing a wife or husband, you can pinpoint reasons why you love each other and how you were able to resolve your own personal challenges and crisis.
You can also begin on a hilarious note by including jokes or funny comments made by the couple. But, still make sure it is in line with what you want the audience to hear. Never go offbeat.
Now, let us go back to listen to our brother, Jeff.
'' When the time came, Norb served our country and defended the free world in the Second World War. He was stationed in the Pacific and had one of the most dangerous positions in the entire Air Force. Fortunately, he survived without a scratch and made it back stateside a true hero, armed with an arsenal of ambition and some great bedtime stories for his grandchildren.
Upon arrival back to the states, Grandpa enrolled in college at the University of Minnesota, where he played baseball while completing his college degree.
It was through baseball that Norb fatefully met Lenore, and it was through persistence that Grandma finally let him take her out on a date. After some time of courtship, they were married.
Grandpa sold life insurance and made quite a living for himself. I would go into details of individual deals and the perseverance involved with making it in the life insurance business, but I don’t want to put everyone to sleep.
While I have been blessed with the ability to find humor in everyday things, it’s almost impossible to keep a crowd excited when talking about Life Insurance. I’m not a miracle worker here!
However, I do know first hand that Grandpa must have been really good at his profession, because he has a wealth of trophies corresponding to his various achievements.
• Salesman of the year – (13 times).
• President of the Minneapolis Association of Life Underwriters.
• The George Washington Founding Father of Modern Life Insurance Sales Lifetime Achievement Award. (OK, I made that one up)
You name it, and he’s got a trophy for it. During his day, Norb was like the Arnold Palmer of insurance sales (or for the younger crowd, he was the Tiger Woods of his field).
Insurance aside, when you look at his trophy case, you’ll also notice that he was once the Tiger Woods of Minnesota Golf. This guy has more trophies than I can count. There is so much bronze on his shelves that the only thing missing is a bronze statue of Norby himself!
Proving that they are meant to be together, Grandma has amassed herself quite a few trophies as well.
In fact, rumor has it that she can beat Grandpa on the links nowadays. Both can shoot their age on the golf course, which I find quite impressive. I would need to be in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s oldest man before I could ever accomplish that feat!''
Did you see how the writer talks about their individual achievements as part of the body of his speech.
Can you look at the short sample and find the one thing that will make the wedding guests laugh out loud?
Why Insert A Few Funny Lines?
I guess you understand that the underlined words: '' There is so much bronze on his shelves that the only thing missing is a bronze statue of Norby himself! '' will make everyone roar in laughter.
And being funny will surely endear you the wedding guests.
I even smiled when I read that. But Jeff tells us that their greatest trophies are their children and grandchildren. You better hear it from the horses own mouth:
''But their real trophies are their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren; all two hundred of us. Well, maybe not 200, but there are quite a few descendants in the room today. That’s what happens when you have 8 children! ‘’
Jeff skillfully uses a lot of stories to build his case.
That’s why I constantly admonish my readers to always write down everything they can remember.
Though, you might not use even half of those ideas, but it really helps because you are able to choose which ones are really exciting when you eventually sit down to put your thoughts together into a very meaningful piece.
Stories have so much power and influence, so never underrate them whenever you want to say something sweet.
End It In This Manner
Finally, when you are about to conclude your speech, you still have to wish them well in the years ahead.
A perfect closing remark can be found right below. Once again, they are from the mind of Jeff
''As you can see, it is obvious that Grandma and Grandpa love every one of their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Over the past 60 years they have instilled this love into everyone around them and they have served as a catalyst for all of our life’s achievements.
Like any long-term relationship, it takes work to keep things running smoothly on a day-to-day basis. I’m not going to lie and say that everything has been good every step along the way, but the good far outweighs the bad, and overall the past 60 years have been great!
I love my grandparents with all my heart, and they have instilled so many good qualities in me that I am a better person as a result.
My fathers’ parents passed away before I was born, so I have only known two grandparents in my life. While nothing can take the place of two sets of grandparents, I feel you did everything you could to make up that gap for me.
Thank you for everything you have done. I love you so much. Happy 60th anniversary.
Love, your little Jeffy.''
I hope by now, you have a fair idea of how to use wedding anniversary speech samples to write your own speech. Please feel free to borrow ideas from the above samples as that will help you a lot in the long run.
Remember, you can always make it yours by changing words here and there to give your own speech that personal touch.