Weddings for Real

Hosted ByMegan Gillikin

A Southern Soiree, voted Best Local Wedding Planner by IndyWeek, chose Earfluence to build a voice amplification platform to create national consulting, coaching, and speaking opportunities.

20: How to Give a Great Wedding Speech, with Comedian Freddy Valoy

Comedian Freddy Valoy came on the show to talk about how to give a great and memorable wedding speech.

Together, he and Megan came up with the following tips:

1. Don’t Drink (Too Much).  2. Remember, Everyone is Rooting for You.  3. Don’t Bring Up Your Phone 4. Keep it Short. Under 4 minutes. 5. Tease, but Don’t Embarrass 6. Own The Moment, even if you mess up. 7. Be Honest, and Come from the Heart.  8. You’re giving a speech about the couple, not just one person. 9. Practice! 10. If you’re not sure about the material, ask someone. 11. No slideshows. 12. Don’t bring up exes.   With these tips, especially bringing it from the heart, you’ll be sure to give a great wedding speech!   Freddy is a fellow podcaster.  Go listen to the FredTalk Podcast at:

Fred gets very personal in some of these, especially the Break Up Episode, which should have a Part 2 coming out soon (maybe – Fred says that “the FredTalk podcast is like the ocean, it comes in waves”).

Check out Freddy live at: Bombers Bev Co in Wilmington, July 27th Trali Irish Pub in Raleigh, July 28th The Comedy Zone in Charlotte, July 31st

Freddy Valoy on Social Media: Instagram: @freddylvaloy   Weddings for Real on Social Media: Instagram: @weddingsforreal Facebook: @weddingsforreal twitter: @weddingsforreal   This episode was brought to you Triangle Real Estate Agent Katie Humphries from Fonville Morisey. Katie was a Wake County teacher for over 10 years before moving into real estate, so she knows school districts, private schools, and charter schools.  As a mom of 3, picking a house in a district with good school reviews was very important to me, and if you have kids (or you’re thinking of having kids), I know that’s important to you too.  So go contact Katie – she can help you out on your journey to being a homebuyer. She prides herself on personal attention and is always available on short notice to answer a question or even check out a house.  So if you’re interested in buying or selling, you can reach Katie at 919-215-8404 or      If you would like to advertise on this podcast, for the month of July, donate to the American Heart Association in Megan’s dad’s name, and we will do an ad read for you at no additional cost.

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The host of the show is Megan Gillikin, owner and lead consultant at A Southern Soiree Wedding and Event Planning.  She’s also available for wedding and hospitality business consulting and can be reached at

Weddings for Real is edited and produced by Jason Gillikin for Earfluence.

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