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13 July 2017, 10:26 | Updated: 13 July 2017, 10:29
Getting married? Being a best man? Experts have come up with the perfect formula for wedding speeches.
According to Kleenex and Great Speech Writing, this is it...*drumroll*...
3 months: The ideal amount of time before the wedding to start preparing your speech.
1 month: The perfect amount of time to practice with a completed script.
25: The average number of times you need to read your speech out loud in that time. Don't worry about learning it off by heart or over-practise to avoid sounding less natural on the day.
8 minutes 30 seconds: The ideal length of a speech.
960: The average number of words in the perfect wedding speech. That's roughly 120 words per minute.
45 seconds: The longest time you should spend telling one story or anecdote; they can get boring!
0: The number of jokes you should take from the internet.
A6: the size of card you should print your speech onto. Any bigger and people will notice the paper shaking in your hands.
2: The maximum number of people who should help you to write the speech.
1: Only practice the speech on one trusted friend or colleague who won't be at the wedding.
2: The maximum number of toasts you should give during your speech.
0: Gifts to hand out during the speech to avoid disrupting the flow.
3 seconds: The longest time you should allow for a pause.
8 seconds: The longest you should go without stopping to take a breath.
2: Maximum glasses of wine before you speak.
7 minutes: Don't aim to make your audience cry until at least 7 minutes into the speech and not at all if you are the Best Man.
1: The number of packs of tissues every guest should have on standby.