Reviews

Why should you choose Ger @ Great Speech to help you write and deliver your wedding speech…?

That’s a great question, and one you should definitely be asking before deciding. Rather than me telling you all the reasons why I think I will be a good fit for you, look to other wedding speakers, just like you below, who have worked with me and read their experiences working with Great Speech.

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Reviews

''...Speech went great Ger. Thank you so much for all your help and the best of luck to you tomorrow...''

Richard (Bestman – Farnham House, Cavan - April 2024)

''...Hey Ger, hope all is well with you. Fair play to you for emailing me too, I didn’t get a second to reply until now. Job Done!!! The speech was incredible, it went down so well, so natural and I actually enjoyed it. Thanks so much Ger, the only reason it was a success is because I was happy with it beforehand and that’s down to you. All the tips of pausing and reading in the mirror helped brilliantly also, I didn’t really have much startle effect when I took the mic and the crowd helped me along with plenty of easy laughter. It was honestly incredible, emotional even and I’m so glad and thankful of your help cause actually it’s probably the highlight of my day although I won’t be telling my wife that 🙂 Best wishes,

Kevin (Groom – Portugal - April 2024)

''...Thank you for calling me Ger. Yes, it was brilliant, couldn't have gone any better.  I had no nerves, I actually wanted to do it again! So many people came up to me afterwards, saying how it was so authentic and me...''

Owen (Groom – Clonbreaney House, Kells, Co. Meath - March 2024)

''...I was so chuffed and delighted Ger. Over 30 people came up to me afterwards. We were behind time due to the Irish v Scottish match, putting me under a bit of pressure i.e., waiting, however, it went great. To do the Master of Ceremonies was a great idea Ger, so thank you...''

Niall (Bestman – Hotel Keadeen, Newbridge, Co. Kildare - March 2024)

''...We'd a great w/e Ger! My Speech went perfect, fantastic, fair play to you! Time and money so well spent! I'll be honest, when I stood up and looked down at the audience, it was daunting, but once I got into the groove, got the pace right (as we discussed), it was great. The Priest said it was the best speech he had heard in a long time and many of my Daughter's friends and guests were giving me so many compliments all night. Thank you very much Ger and all the best with your own Wedding Speech next month...''

PJ (Father of the Bride – Moyvalley Golf & Hotel Resort, Co. Kildare - March 2024)

''...Ger, a quick text just to say that it all went really well, better than expected. I was nervous all day, but once I got up, I was fine; all the hard work put in with you paid off. Bride and Groom were delighted with it. Got some really nice compliments off everyone afterwards, so I was delighted. The Bride just texted me to say how happy she, her family and her friends were with my speech. Thanks so much for your help. In fact, all the speeches were good...''

Evan (Bestman – The Armada Hotel, Spanish Point, Co. Clare - February 2024)

.''...Speech went great, sorry for the very short notice, I am very happy. Thanks again Ger...''

Conor (Bestman – Clonbreany House, Kells, Co. Meath - December 2023)

''...Hi Ger, Happy New Year to you. I wanted to reach out and say thanks for the bit of advice and the offer of helping me for my wedding back in August 2023, I know I didn’t go ahead with your services, but you took the time to talk to me on the phone & in the end I kept it short enough, but I did it and was happy. Public speaking in general is a massive thing for me, but I’m just glad I did it and didn’t let it pass, so again thanks again for the offer for help. Take care...''

Donal (Groom - August 2023)

''...Thank you...it went down a treat. I got very emotional, but I pulled it off, Thanks again Ger. I will chat with you on Monday to fix up with you...''

Niall (Father of the Bride – Glasson Lake Hotel, Glasson, Co. Westmeath - December 2023)

''...Hi Ger, sorry, I can't talk at the moment, I forwarded on balance there. Speech went unreal, couldn't have gone any better, people were howling at it. Thank you for all your help...''

David (Bestman – Galway Bay Hotel, Galway – December 2023)

''...I meant to call you back Ger; busy at work Christmas Week; speech went fine (the microphone went dead 10 seconds into my speech). I got through it though. The Bride & Groom were very happy with it and chuffed and delighted with all my research (especially the Bride), which definitely saved the day! I put this all down to you Ger. Thank you for all the time, hard work and effort that you gave me, I will always be grateful...''

Andrew (Bestman – Dromoland Castle – December 2023)

''...Thanks for contacting me Ger; Yes, everything went great, we had a perfect wedding and w/e. Thank you for all your help with my speech, it was all worth it...''

Leo (Groom – Kilshane House, Co. Tipperary – December 2023)

''...Everything went great, thank you Ger. Got a lot of laughs and compliments after. Thank you for all your help and time at what I suppose was short notice to write and deliver a Bestman Speech and for contacting me afterwards...''

Gavin (Bestman – The Ebrington Hotel & Spa, Derry City, Co. Derry – November 2023)

''...My speech went close to 30 minutes; but people never felt the time go by. Great compliments and they all enjoyed it. I added in a few new bits that were not in the speech (I know you told me not to i.e., to stick to the script), but they went down well too. Thanks again Ger, your help was great...''

Fergal (Groom – The Heritage, Co. Laois – November 2023)

''...Ger, I just wanted to let you know that the speech went very well. I am still getting praise for it today. Someone said that it was the best Father of the Bride Wedding Speech that they ever heard. Everyone was so attentive to what I was saying, with a few teary-eyed too. I am glad that my wife made me contact you. So, I want to express my thanks to you for all your content and encouragement. Working with you gave me great confidence...''

Patrick (Father of the Bride – The Abbey, Athy, Co. Kildare – October 2023)

''...It went brilliant Ger, thank you. Got the crowd going early and they were on my side the whole through. The Bride & Groom were very thankful and grateful, saying that it was obvious that I had put a lot of work into the Wedding Speech. Would you believe that the microphone went down halfway through my delivery and had to deliver the remaining by raising my voice, I think they all heard me! Very hard to plan for everything. I also received more compliments about the poem at the end, they loved it...''

Joe (Bestman – The Lakeside Hotel & Leisure Centre, Killaloe, Co. Clare – October 2023)

''...Hi Ger, thank you for your call; yeah, it all went really great; so many claps at unexpected parts of my wedding as you said and so many compliments afterwards. I was told that I had a strong voice and spoke clearly, so that was great. I was caught off the hop, as there was no table to leave my Speech on, so I had to hold each page in my hand, with the microphone in the other. Lucky enough that I had this practiced this the night before. I would never have done as well as I did without your help Ger, so thank you so much, I really appreciated it...''

Sean (Groom – The Garryvoe Hotel, Midleton, Co. Cork – October 2023)

''...Thank you Ger, everything went fine. As you know it was a Wedding Party, with the Wedding Speeches delivered almost two hours into it, where we were told to keep them very short. I was happy with what I said and I thank you sincerely for your input and help with my Speech and its delivery, which helped me a lot...''

John (Bestman – Newbay House, Wexford, Co. Wexford – October 2023)

''...Tuesday was a lovely day and my pre-wedding speech went down well Ger; I was a tad nervous, but that's to be expected. Looking forward to Friday for the real deal. I will be nervous again, but I will get there. Many thanks for your help, very much appreciated...''

''...Rave reviews of my wedding speech last night Ger! The Bride & Groom stood up and came over to me and hugged me immediately after my speech. My sister from the UK could not make the wedding and when she seen the video, she rang me and was crying over the phone on how lovely it was. Thank you so much for your help, you got me over the line...''

Paul (Father of the Groom – Clonabreany House, Kells, Co. Meath – October 2023)

''...Hi Ger, final payment should be with you by now, gone out of account this morning. Thanks again for your help, it was really appreciated. Thank you for helping my brother too, who was the Bestman and did a great job, again all very much appreciated. We may be in touch again another time. Best wishes and many thanks again...''

Alan (Groom – Faithlegg Hotel, Rosslare, Co. Wexford – September 2023)

 

''...It was unbelievable Ger; couldn't have gone any better'. I was nervous at the start, but then began to enjoy it, so happy! A lady who manages a wedding hotel said that she never heard a speech as good...''

John (Groom – Connemara Coast Hotel, Co. Galway – September 2023)

''...Great compliments received Ger. People were ringing and texting my husband afterwards for him to tell me how much they enjoyed my speech. I want to say again how I am so grateful for your help, support and patience Ger, I really appreciated it...''

Anonymous (Bride – Co. Sligo – September 2023)

''...Sorry Ger, just in the office, can't take the call at the moment, everything went well, Thank God, it was a great weekend, I sent the money on to you yesterday in two instalments again, let me know if you have any problems with that...thanks again for all your help...''

Anonymous (Bestman – Co. Mayo – September 2023)

''...Everything went very well Ger. So many compliments. It's important to put in the effort and get it right! You gave me the help, support and indeed the confidence to do it. Your presence was with me all the way through...''

Anonymous (Father of the Groom – Co. Mayo – September 2023)

''...My Father of the Groom Wedding Speech went great Ger. Got lovely compliments from lots of people, even the Priest and young people, 'No messing, straight forward and to the point', they said. I felt though that I could have probably spoken a bit louder, as you were saying. Thanks again Ger...''

Cormac (Father of the Groom – The Woodlands Hotel, Adare, Co. Limerick – September 2023)

''...Ger, I received so many compliments; many of our Wedding Guests had never heard of a Bride speak before at their wedding and said that it was lovely to see and hear it. So Ger, thanks so much, it was great to work with you and all so worth it in the end...''

Lillian (Bride – The Dunraven Arms Hotel, Adare, Co. Limerick – August 2023)

''...We had a fantastic day! Speech went so well, better that I could have imagined, many tears, even from non-family members and a standing ovation. I was blown away by its impact. Thank you so much Ger...''

Elaine (Aunt of the Bride delivering a Father of the Bride / Mother of the Bride Wedding Speech - The Armada Hotel, Spanish Point, Co. Clare - August 2023)

''...Hi Ger, the weather was beautiful. We were able to stand around outside the church to meet and greet people coming. Fr Brendan delivered a fabulous ceremony. To the Shearwater Hotel we go; Bell goes off in your head for to sit down, everybody in please, and Tony, Father of the Bride is up speaking; my moment came; and as you told me, I delivered a lot of compliments afterwards on how good my Speech, with people saying 'are you in politics, you can go on for politics'. My son come up to me after, sat down, shook my hand and congratulated me how to good the Speech was. So thanks very much Ger. Without your professionalism, I would not have delivered, so thanks again and all the best. I wish you the best of luck for your Wedding day...''

Jimmy (Father of the Groom – The Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway – August 2023)

''...Four days of it Ger, I won't be dried out for a month. I couldn't have done it without you Ger; I'm so happy, it went great. So many people came up to me afterwards, guests, bridal party, they were not expecting it. Hankies were out too! There was a County Councilor there who was being told that he had competition now for the next Local Elections. You have also given me so much confidence. Thank you very, very much Ger, again, I couldn't have did it without you...''

Mike (Father of the Bride – Farnham Estate Spa & Golf Resort, Cavan, Co. Cavan – August 2023)

''...Speech was mighty Ger, caught a bit off guard when I was asked to speak, but pulled it off brilliantly. When I pulled out the speech from the brown envelope, the Groom thought I was giving him money; a lot of laughs overall. Have to say that I really enjoyed it. Thank you for everything...''

Martin (Father of the Bride – Castle Geoghan Hotel & Gardens, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath – July 2023)

''...Ger, your advice has been faultless, I can't overrate how great you have been to me at such short notice, remember that you are guiding people on once-off life-time events, and you really produced, thank you so much...''

Adrian (Bestman – The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens, Beaufort, Co. Kerry – July 2023)

‘'...I was faced with making a Father of the Bride Wedding Speech in July 2023, and I had no idea how I was to begin, what to include, what to say and then the fear of standing up in front of family and friends was getting a bit over whelming. I found Great Speech online and sent an email; I received an immediate call back from Ger and we scheduled our first of many Zoom meetings. With the help of Ger, I put together the first draft of the speech, and with Ger's help, we put the structure and content to it, as it was my first-time being Father of the Bride, I had no idea what and who to include and in what order. Over the next few weeks meeting on Zoom, we fine-tuned the contents and the delivery. The day before the wedding I had my last practice live with Ger so when the time came to stand and give the speech, I was surprised how relaxed I was, and I just went through it from beginning to end effortlessly, with a few emotional interruptions, from me and the guests which was the only surprise, there wasn't a dry eye in the house. When I finished, all the guests spontaneously stood up and clapped, a standing ovation. I know this could not have been possible without Ger’s help and support all the way through the process. Thank you again Ger for everything, it was great working with you over the past few weeks, all worth it in the end...''

Derek (Father of the Bride - Mountain View, Kilkenny - July 2023)

''...I said and did everything you told me to do Ger and it was perfect; no one expected me to say what I said and how I said it. Thank you very much Ger and helping me in such short notice (three days)...''

Gabriel (Father of the Groom - Cabra Castle, Kingscourt, Co. Cavan - June 2023)

''...How's it going Ger, sorry I missed you yesterday, we are just out here in Lake Garda for a few days! The speech went unreal, literally couldn't have gone any better and everyone said it was class! I will definitely send you a video of it once I get it! Thanks for all your help, it definitely paid off and so grateful for all you did! Il will buzz you next week to give you the low down...!''

Fergal (Groom – Landmark Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim – May 2023)

'’It went very well Ger. I followed the script exactly how it was. The hotel Wedding Planner forgot I was doing the calling in of the Bride and Groom, and he did it instead of me, so I couldn't do that section. But the speech itself went well. It was a tough crowd, though; it was hard to get them going. But overall, I'm thrilled with the speech. Preparation and practice were key. Many compliments afterwards, people saying I should go into politics or give up my Engineering career and become a Speechwriter. Give me a call at some point, and we can have a chat. Thanks so much again’’

Micheál (Bestman – Connemara Coast Hotel, Galway) – December 2022)

We had a great day, Ger; received so many compliments that went on for days after on text and telephone. A HR lady who was there said that it was great and my ‘critical’ brother-in-law could not find any fault. Thank you for everything and all the practice sessions in trying to get me to slow down, breadth and to enjoy it.

James (Father of the Bride – Salthill Hotel, Galway) – December 2022)

The speech went great Ger; everybody kept saying how good it was to me all night and the next day, thank you for everything and your patience and understanding.

Eibhlin (Mother of the Bride – Kilshane House, Tipperary) – October 2022)

Really enjoyed working with you Ger. Couldn’t have done as good of a job without you. Thanks again.

Carl (Bestman) - Rathsallagh Country House & Hotel, Wicklow – August 2022)

Hi Ger, I trust you are keeping well. My daughter Marisa got married last Saturday. The long-awaited day finally arrived, having been cancelled twice last year. We had a most enjoyable day in Cork. All went well on the day, including FOTB Speech. I want to sincerely say thank you for your time and patience, preparing the speech for me and putting me on the right track. I almost had it off verbatim. I appreciated the help. Give my regards to Niall. Kindest regards and thanks again.

Michael (Cork – Father of the Bride – August 2021)

Hi Ger, just letting you know that the speech went even better than I imagined. Many thanks for your fantastic help. I will give you a call on Monday. Had so many negative thoughts before the speech, however on the day, I wasn’t a bit nervous –

Gerry (Father of the Bride – The Hardiman Hotel, Galway – January 2020)

Hi Ger, I couldn’t have wrote or delivered the speech without your help. People said it was a very sincere and thoughtful speech. They laughed at unexpected times in my speech, strange! Thanks so much Ger!

Kieran (Bestman – The Abbey Hotel, Roscommon – January 2020)

Ger, thank you for the text. Just back in our room, speech left me on a high with the guests. Many, many thanks. Podium was the icing on the cake. Talk soon.

Frank (Father of the Bride – Hotel Lyrath Estate, Kilkenny – December 2019)

Ger, thank you for everything. I absolutely nailed it. Thanks for your text yesterday. I even got a tear from the Father of the Groom. Thank you so much for everything. Hope you a good New Years’.

Barry (Bestman – Menlo Park Hotel, Galway – December 2019)

Hi Ger, my wife and I went away for a few days after the wedding. The speech went very well and I got great applause despite having got a bit emotional at the end of the speech when talking about family.

Thanks for everything.

Kind regards,

Pat (Father of the Groom – Knockranny House Hotel, Westport, Co. Mayo – November 2019)

Hi Ger, speech went 110%. Great praise from everyone, especially from my family, who didn’t think I had it in me. I wasn’t too nervous, so thank you Ger, will be back to you again, I’m sure!

Liam (Father of the Bride – Spain – September 2019)

Hi Ger, I surprised myself, couldn’t have gone any better, people were so complimentary saying, ‘It was the best speech they ever heard!’ I was very touched. This is all down to you Ger. And the nerves never arrived!

Robert (Groom – Glenlo Abbey Hotel, Galway – August 2019)

Hi Ger, it went brilliant, a very good speech indeed. My sons told me that the only thing people were talking about was your speech Dad! Our Table-based Podium worked great. It went exactly how you said it would go. Thanks a million for all your help and support and advice. I am really happy now!

Eddie (Father of the Groom – McWilliams Park Hotel, Claremorris, Co. Mayo – August 2019)

Hello Ger, thank you for everything, speech went well, compliments from everyone. They were still talking about it over breakfast the following morning. I knew that when I sat down I had nailed it! You have been brilliant, I simply could not have done this without you. Thank you, thank you, unbelievable, thank you!

Luke (Groom – Kilronan Castel Hotel, Co. Roscommon – August 2019)

Hi Ger, what can I say? It went brilliant, thank you so much. Loads of compliments with the speakers after me saying how they couldn’t emulate my speech. The Father of the Groom has asked me to write his business speeches. People were thanking me for making them cry and ruining their make-up (ladies). My family were very proud.

Donie (Father of the Bride – Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty, Co. Limerick – July 2019)

Hi Ger, I couldn’t have wrote or delivered the speech without your help. People said it was a very sincere and thoughtful speech. They laughed at unexpected times in my speech, strange! Thanks so much Ger!

Kieran (Bestman – The Abbey Hotel, Roscommon – January 2020)

Hi Ger, Just texting you to say a big thank you for all your help with the speech. It went very well and I was getting compliments all night, I really appreciate it. It couldn’t have gone any better. Family members and business people were coming up to me saying that it was the best they’ve ever heard with a good balance between humour and the serious stuff. The small little things that you told really helped too.

Brian (Bestman – Dublin with wedding in Spain – April 2019)

It went really, really well Ger! All of the hard efforts, energy and time paid off. As you said, I took my time at the start and then gently eased myself into it. Great compliments from family, uncles & aunts, relations and friends. I was delighted. Thanks again Ger. If you want a more formal testimonial, please let me know, no problem.

Michael (Groom – The Lodge at Ashford Castle, Cong, Co. Mayo – October 2018)

Hi Ger, everything went great, The Bride & Groom said how they wouldn’t change a single thing. My speech went great too, received a lot of compliments, especially from the Father of the Bride who shook my hand and said, ‘That was a beautiful speech, well done!’ Thank you for everything again Ger and at such short notice.

Conall (Bestman – Druids Glen, Co. Wicklow – September 2018)

Hi Ger, everything went so well and smooth with no hiccups! It really couldn’t have gone any better, great compliments received. I was actually very, very nervous and was considering not doing it at all (after eight months of thinking about it!), but suddenly the microphone was in front of me and I had no choice. I was so glad I did it. The audience were such a great support and help, clapping and cheering after my every paragraph. So, thanks a million Ger and in such short notice .

Colm (Bestman – The Doolin Hotel, Doolin, Co. Clare – August 2018)

Hi Ger, Sorry I missed you, last minute run around before flying back to Australia. Thanks so much for all the pointers and seeing me at such short notice, two days before the wedding! I got great reviews back from everyone. I even managed to hide my nerves somewhat. Thanks again, the wedding was a great day.

Dan (Bestman – Salthill Hotel, Galway – July 2018)

Ger, sorry for the delay in calling you, we kept missing each other. I am top of the world, I stole the show, making bits of the Bestman (in a humorous way). I’m still receiving compliments a week later, with everyone so proud of me. ‘How did you come up with that, who told you how to hold the mic that way, how did you think of the props?’, were some of the many comments. I spoke so clearly and slowly. It was brilliant. Couldn’t have done it without you Ger. I still thinking about it with a grin on my face!

David (Brother of Bride delivering a Father of the Bride Speech – Salthill Hotel, Galway – May 2018)

Hi Ger, A Standing Ovation! Speech went great. Everyone talking about it! The main feedback was that I didn’t forget anyone. Crying and laughing all mixed into one. Everyone mentioned the speech in the video going around the tables. I’m delighted. Fair play Ger, so happy that I found you and went to you. Speak soon.

David (Groom – Lough Rea Hotel & Spa, Loughrea, Co. Galway – February 2018)

It went wonderful Ger. Lucky I went to you, I was up against some competition! Thank you so much. Went down a bomb, people couldn’t believe it! Your tip on pausing worked a treat. Best regards.

Matthew (Father of the Groom – Tullamore Court Hotel, Tullamore, Co. Offaly – September 2017)

Ger, thank you for the text. Just back in our room, speech left me on a high with the guests. Many, many thanks. Podium was the icing on the cake. Talk soon.

Frank (Father of the Bride – Hotel Lyrath Estate, Kilkenny – December 2019)

Ger, thank you for everything. I absolutely nailed it. Thanks for your text yesterday. I even got a tear from the Father of the Groom. Thank you so much for everything. Hope you a good New Years’.

Barry (Bestman – Menlo Park Hotel, Galway – December 2019)

Hi Ger, my wife and I went away for a few days after the wedding. The speech went very well and I got great applause despite having got a bit emotional at the end of the speech when talking about family.

Thanks for everything.

Kind regards,

Hi Ger, speech went 110%. Great praise from everyone, especially from my family, who didn’t think I had it in me. I wasn’t too nervous, so thank you Ger, will be back to you again, I’m sure!

Liam (Father of the Bride – Spain – September 2019)

Hi Ger, A Standing Ovation!!! I could not be more prouder and more happier. The amount of people that came up to me after the speech and over the w/e (after they dried their eyes out!), was phenomenal. They were all saying how it was the best speech they had ever heard at a wedding. Ger, you helped me so much and I think you don’t realise it!. You helped pull the words out of me and they were the right words, giving me great structure and content. I could talk to you for hours about it and how thankful I am. When I sat down after delivering the speech, you were the first person I thought of. I am so grateful to you Ger!

Paul (Father of the Bride – Virginia Park Hotel, Virginia, Co. Cavan – August 2019)

Hi Ger, I surprised myself, couldn’t have gone any better, people were so complimentary saying, ‘It was the best speech they ever heard!’ I was very touched. This is all down to you Ger. And the nerves never arrived!

Robert (Groom – Glenlo Abbey Hotel, Galway – August 2019)

Hi Ger, it went brilliant, a very good speech indeed. My sons told me that the only thing people were talking about was your speech Dad! Our Table-based Podium worked great. It went exactly how you said it would go. Thanks a million for all your help and support and  advice. I am really happy now!

Eddie (Father of the Groom – McWilliams Park Hotel, Claremorris, Co. Mayo – August 2019)

Hello Ger, thank you for everything, speech went well, compliments from everyone. They were still talking about it over breakfast the following morning. I knew that when I sat down I had nailed it! You have been brilliant, I simply could not have done this without you. Thank you, thank you, unbelievable, thank you!

Luke (Groom – Kilronan Castel Hotel, Co. Roscommon – August 2019)

Morning Ger, hope you’re well. All went well with Felix’s Eulogy. Thanks for all your help, it was excellent. Are you around Tuesday or Wednesday? I will call in to see you.

Bernard (Eulogy to his Uncle Felix, Co. Mayo – August 2019)

Hi Ger, what can I say? It went brilliant, thank you so much. Loads of compliments with the speakers after me saying how they couldn’t emulate my speech. The Father of the Groom has asked me to write his business speeches. People were thanking me for making them cry and ruining their make-up (ladies). My family were very proud.

Donie (Father of the Bride – Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty, Co. Limerick – July 2019)

Ger, both speeches went great, I am so delighted. Have to admit, I was nervous at the start, but once I got going, I was so in control. Having the speech in front of me was such a great support. You’ve a great business there and I was so glad that I went to you, you helped me so much. When the others step up to the mark, I will be back to you for sure!

Philip (Father of the Groom - Cloonacauneen Castle, Galway (Family & Guests Wedding Celebration & Oranmore Lodge Hotel, Galway; Menlo Park Hotel, Galway (Family Wedding Celebration – July 2019)

Hi Ger, Just texting you to say a big thank you for all your help with the speech. It went very well and I was getting compliments all night, I really appreciate it. It couldn’t have gone any better. Family members and business people were coming up to me saying that it was the best they’ve ever heard with a good balance between humour and the serious stuff. The small little things that you told me really helped too.

Brian (Bestman – Dublin with wedding in Spain – April 2019)

Mighty Ger, just mighty! I don’t know what to say to you, I’m so grateful for all your help. It was something else, the applause, people around me being emotional and everyone coming up to me afterwards. I was nervous, I have to admit, but not as much as I thought I would be, there were as you know over 350 people listening to and watching me! People thought it was such a heartfelt speech, as my delivery showed how much it meant to me. I couldn’t recommend you Ger, the process and the help highly enough. It was the best money and time I ever spent. It’s a once off and I’m so delighted that it went way beyond my expectations. I could talk about the experience forever.

James (Groom – The Castlecourt Hotel, Westport, Co. Mayo – December 2018)

It went really, really well Ger! All of the hard efforts, energy and time paid off. As you said, I took my time at the start and then gently eased myself into it. Great compliments from family, uncles & aunts, relations and friends. I was delighted. Thanks again Ger. If you want a more formal testimonial, please let me know, no problem.

Michael (Groom – The Lodge at Ashford Castle, Cong, Co. Mayo – October 2018)

Hi Ger, everything went great, The Bride & Groom said how they wouldn’t change a single thing. My speech went great too, received a lot of compliments, especially from the Father of the Bride who shook my hand and said, ‘That was a beautiful speech, well done!’ Thank you for everything again Ger and at such short notice.

Conall (Bestman – Druids Glen, Co. Wicklow – September 2018)

i Ger, everything went so well and smooth with no hiccups! It really couldn’t have gone any better, great compliments received. I was actually very, very nervous and was considering not doing it at all (after eight months of thinking about it!), but suddenly the microphone was in front of me and I had no choice. I was so glad I did it. The audience were such a great support and help, clapping and cheering after my every paragraph. So, thanks a million Ger and in such short notice.

Colm (Bestman – The Doolin Hotel, Doolin, Co. Clare – August 2018)

Hi Ger, Sorry I missed you, last minute run around before flying back to Australia. Thanks so much for all the pointers and seeing me at such short notice, two days before the wedding! I got great reviews back from everyone. I even managed to hide my nerves somewhat. Thanks again, the wedding was a great day.

Dan (Bestman – Salthill Hotel, Galway – July 2018)

Ger, sorry for the delay in calling you, we kept missing each other. I am top of the world, I stole the show, making bits of the Bestman (in a humorous way). I’m still receiving compliments a week later, with everyone so proud of me. ‘How did you come up with that, who told you how to hold the mic that way, how did you think of the props?’, were some of the many comments. I spoke so clearly and slowly. It was brilliant. Couldn’t have done it without you Ger. I still thinking about it with a grin on my face!

David (Brother of Bride delivering a Father of the Bride Speech – Salthill Hotel, Galway – May 2018)

Ger, sorry for the delay in calling you, had to entertain Swiss and Italian relations and friends. Where do I start? Well, I got a standing ovation, can you believe it? The day was fantastic. Some of the feedback that I got and still getting it, even from family, who can be slow to compliment include – Speech of a lifetime, I was gob-smacked, How did you do it, It was delivered so well and many more! I spoke from the heart Ger, as you said. People were clapping on everything I said, with so many tears around the place, with hugs and kisses afterwards. People were giving me tips and advice before my speech, not knowing how well I had prepared, that was funny. Everyone was so proud of me, I was even proud of myself. I can’t thank you enough Ger, imagine I got a standing ovation!

Orla (Mother of the Groom – Kilronan Castle Hotel, Ballyfarnon, Co. Roscommon – April 2018)

Hi Ger, A Standing Ovation! Speech went great. Everyone talking about it! The main feedback was that I didn’t forget anyone. Crying and laughing all mixed into one. Everyone mentioned the speech in the video going around the tables. I’m delighted. Fair play Ger, so happy that I found you and went to you. Speak soon.

David (Groom – Lough Rea Hotel & Spa, Loughrea, Co. Galway – February 2018)

Hi Ger! Once again I (I should say we!) delivered! It went great. A lot of emotion again. They really enjoyed the poem, the joke and the blessing at the end. That’s it now Ger, no more ‘top table’ weddings for me. I’ve done my bit. Thank you so much again, it was a pleasure to work with you.

John (Father of the Bride – Clonabreany House, Crossakiel, Kells, Co. Meath – February 2018)

Ger, the speech couldn’t have went any better. As you know, I was the only speaker. They loved it. I was nervous beforehand, due to my last experience, but today, I nailed it. It was you and your genuine help and concern that got me through. It was so important to me to do this and do it well. Still on Cloud 9. Speak soon Ger and thanks so, so much again.

John (Groom – The Lodge at Ashford Castle, Cong, Co. Mayo – January 2018)

Hi Ger. I think I nailed it. It really went down well. I was nervous before I started, but settled the second I started and took your advice and took it slow and put meaning into it. One of the many and great compliments I got was from my niece who said, ‘I hope that someone can deliver a speech like that at my wedding’. Thank you so much for helping me make today so special for me and my family…it means so much to me…You a great guy…Now I can relax and enjoy the evening…Thank you again. Best Regards Tom.

Tom (Father of the Bride – The Manilla Hotel, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary)

Hi Ger, my speech went fantastic, so many compliments, it really was great. Honestly, I could not have achieved what I achieved without your help. Thank you!

Sean (Groom - Tullamore Court Hotel, Tullamore, Co. Offaly – September 2017)

Ger, my speech blew them away, there were so many people emotionally affected by my words. I know many people say it, but they just simply did not expect this from me. I am so proud and they are so proud of me. People are looking for the speech to read it themselves. It was great to have met you.

Matthew (Father of the Groom – Tullamore Court Hotel, Tullamore, Co. Offaly – September 2017)

Hi Ger, speech went great, absolutely, thank you. Thank you too for your kind text and encouraging words on the morning of the wedding and your call just now, I really appreciated them. I will certainly be recommending you.

Ray (Father of the Bride – The K Club, Co. Kildare – December 2017)

Did everything you said what a Bestman should do and say Ger, from start to finish. Received great feedback and compliments afterwards. The short time spent with you was very worthwhile. Thanks a lot Ger.

Alan (Bestman – The Meyrick Hotel, Galway – December 2017)

Hi Ger, apologies, missed your call, just away for a few days. I will ring you towards the end of the week. I got great compliments on my speech at the wedding, maybe 90-95% nailed it, I missed out on 1 or 2 small things, but no one took any notice, I think.  Thanks for your help writing it. Sorry that I could only meet you once due to work commitments. You were right, we needed to meet more than once. Best man stole the show, he had the place in stitches laughing. Thanks again Ger.

Aidan (Groom – Absolute Hotel, Limerick – December 2017)

Thanks a million Ger, everything went perfect and the speech went down a treat. Thanks again for all your help over the telephone, e-mail and more importantly for your time spent with me with the rehearsal in the hotel.

Kevin (Groom – The Salthill Hotel, Galway – November 2017)

Hi Ger, my speech went fantastic, so many compliments, it really was great. Honestly, I could not have achieved what I achieved without your help. Thank you!

Sean (Groom – Tullamore Court Hotel, Tullamore, Co. Offaly – September 2017)

Hi Ger, my speech went down great; the speech content, poem, video all went down a treat with so many compliments afterwards! It was brilliant actually. My buddies wanted to say that it was s—e, but they couldn’t, because they knew it wasn’t. We had so much thought and preparation put into it.

David (Bestman – The Heritage, Killenard, Co. Laois – September 2017)

Ger, my speech blew them away, there were so many people emotionally affected by my words. I know many people say it, but they just simply did not expect this from me. I am so proud and they are so proud of me. People are looking for the speech to read it themselves. It was great to have met you.

Matthew (Father of the Groom – Tullamore Court Hotel, Tullamore, Co. Offaly – September 2017)

Hi Ger, it was great! I was delighted, couldn’t have been happier. I was nervous in the church, but the nerves abated in the hotel. There was a change in the speaking order and I had to speak first and therefore had to change some of my content off the cuff, which went good to my surprise. People were coming up to me the whole night complimenting me, people who I would normally expect not to speak to me like that, it was great. They were saying how this is not the Brian that we know, they couldn’t believe it. Many people were emotional too. Thanks Ger, I couldn’t have done it without you.

Brian (Groom – Castle Lesley, Monaghan – August 2017)

It went very well Ger, excellent, I wasn’t nervous at all, don’t know why, but I wasn’t! Received great claps and loads of compliments / well done’s afterwards. Only for your help, I don’t know what I would have done! I even had to say ‘Grace after Meals’, which the hotel asked me to do. BTW, they loved our quote at the end, very funny. Thanks a million Ger.

Sean (Bestman – Diamond Coast Hotel, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo – August 2017)

Great wedding Ger and a great speech as well, everybody really enjoyed it. So much clapping, I was delighted. I was surprised how I wasn’t that nervous. I was more nervous in front of you in your office than in front of 200 people, funny isn’t? I’ll be in touch Ger as I may need your help on some key work presentations coming up. All the best and thanks again, and though I came to you with my speech already started, you were a great assistance.

Pat (Groom – Mulranny Park Hotel, Westport, Co. Mayo – August 2017)

Hi Ger. We’re away on holidays now & the messages about my speech are still flooding in. I think I completely underestimated how I did. People who were not even there have heard & are looking for copies of what I said. WOW !!!!!!!!

PJ (Father of the Groom – Rathsallagh House Hotel, Dunlavin, Co. Wicklow – July 2017)

Belated huge thank you Ger, 11 requests for copies of PJ’s Speech so far! You made it happen for PJ, so proud of him and he of himself, keep at it.

Doreen, PJ’s Wife (Mother of the Groom – Rathsallagh House Hotel, Dunlavin, Co. Wicklow – July 2017)

Well Ger, what a day, as you said it was tears and laughter, but I stood strong and delivered a powerful speech. You would have been proud of me. It went fantastic, I wasn’t nervous at all, so many people came up to me that night, the following day saying that they wanted me to write their wedding speech when it came to their day! My wife and son were delighted, honestly, no one expected this from me, and my golfing buddies were giving me 2-3 minutes tops. Even company directors were complimenting me and they speak all the time in public. It was all in all a very emotional day due to the circumstances, however everyone really enjoyed it. All our hard work paid off in the end. Thanks a lot Ger, I will be spreading the word.

PJ (Father of the Groom – Rathsallagh House Hotel, Dunlavin, Co. Wicklow – July 2017)

It went very well Ger, emotional too due to the bereavement during the week of the wedding. Our words re; this were appropriate. A lot of people commented on the speech, I was delighted. It was nerve-wrecking too, especially when they rang the bell for everyone to transfer into the dining room. You were a great help Ger, glad we met up, so thank you very much, speak soon.

John (Groom – The Castlecourt Hotel, Westport, Co. Mayo – July 2017)

It went very well Ger, emotional too due to the bereavement during the week of the wedding. Our words re; this were appropriate. A lot of people commented on the speech, I was delighted. It was nerve-wrecking too, especially when they rang the bell for everyone to transfer into the dining room. You were a great help Ger, glad we met up, so thank you very much, speak soon.

John (Groom – The Castlecourt Hotel, Westport, Co. Mayo – July 2017)

Ger, it was brilliant, so many compliments, I was very happy. Received no negative comments at all. I delivered it as you said, overall very happy in the very short timeframe that we had together, three days! Thanks a lot Ger, I will be in touch.

Gerard (Father of the Groom – The Clayton Hotel, Galway – July 2017)

Hi Ger, thank you for all your help. All in all, I was very happy; I was very pleased, more than I thought I would be! They changed the speaker format and instead of me being last to speak, I was asked to speak first, though I managed to go second, so our song over the speakers had to be scrapped unfortunately. I have to say, I was anxious on the morning, but as the day went on, I began to look forward to it as you said and I spoke for 17 minutes. I think we had it timed at 11 min. I did go a bit off script against your advice, but then came back on track again. Feedback from family and friends was positive saying how it was a great, sincere speech. Though, I was facing the Bride & Groom, my back was to the audience, which I hadn’t prepared for; reinforces your suggestion of doing a pre=rehearsal in the wedding venue beforehand, which we couldn’t do. Thanks so much again Ger. I plan to be in touch with some work presentations soon. Thanks again.

Eoghan (Bestman – Tinakilly Country House Hotel, Rathnew, Co. Wicklow – July 2017)

Ger, it was unreal, everything just clicked into place. I wasn’t nervous at all, there were so many tears and great laughs too with my ‘cúpla focal’ and reference to Ed Sheeran’s ‘Galway Girl’ at the end, and they loved it. I know it is a cliché, but people couldn’t believe what I had done; they just were not expecting it. It was great to have met you through a previous client. You’re a professional.

Paul, London, UK (Groom – The G Hotel, Galway – May 2017)

Hi Ger, had a great day, speech went great, got plenty of claps on the back afterwards saying you nailed that today Johnnie! The piece about John B. Keane went down great. Got plenty of applauses during the speech too, thanks a mill for all your help.

John (Father of the Groom – Bellingham Castle, Castlebellingham, Co. Louth – May 2017)

No problem whatsoever Ger. The whole experience was overwhelming. To stand up there in front of 200 people for the first time in my life was breath-taking. If I hadn’t met you, there wouldn’t have been a hope in hell of me coming close to what I done. So much mentions of my speech at the BBQ the following day too and over the w/e. ‘Are you doing this type of thing every day?’ People, especially my family, couldn’t believe what I pulled off, they really were dumbfounded and expecting a very mediocre speech. They had been asking me about the speech for weeks beforehand even on the morning of the wedding and I told them, ’Ah, it’ll be grand, I’ll say whatever comes in to my mind, don’t be worrying!’ They were! The birthday cake presentation went down a treat too. I’d asked the priest beside me to help me turn the pages, but didn’t he skip a page and threw me, but I knew it so well and copped it and got back on track straightaway (You can trust no one, not even a priest, Ha! Ha!). I was told that I had the audience in hysterics with some of our lines, but to be honest, I never noticed it, I guess I was so focused on the task at hand as you said to! Ger, you were brilliant, it was a privilege and we had a great laugh together doing it too.

Michael (Father of the Bride – Lough Rea Hotel, Loughrea, Co. Galway – May 2017)

I sent them a rocker Ger! It was terrific. I raised the bar too high for the next family wedding in 2018. There was no microphone available, so I really had to raise the voice, as you said! The speech put the audience through their every emotion. I made three attempts to recommence my speech after I told the joke, it brought the house down. Though a lot of the speech was my own words, I could not, in no way, done it without you, thank you so much Ger, you were great.

John (Father of the Bride – Carrygerry Country House Hotel, Shannon, Co. Clare – May 2017)

Hi Ger, my speech went great, brilliant even. So much positive feedback, I took my time as you said and everyone enjoyed it. I felt great delivering it. The pre-rehearsal in the hotel really helped. Thank you very much again for everything Ger.

Cian (Groom – Tinakilly Country House Hotel, Rathnew, Co. Wicklow – May 2017)

It went down a treat Ger. I was the hero! Everyone mentioned the speech to me, even the young people; they couldn’t get over how it was delivered so much from the heart. It was incredible Ger, my wife and both families couldn’t believe it, tears were shed. I felt nervous the day before, but come the day, I was looking forward to it and I said to myself, ‘Let’s do this and let’s do it well!’ And I did and it felt mighty during and after. My Uncle from the US wants to me to join the Union! Thanks again for everything, your some man, I’ll never forget all your help, you’re a legend.

Jason (Groom – Salthill Hotel, Galway – April 2017)

Went brilliant Ger. Got some great feedback from people. Thank you so much. Talk soon .

Brian (Groom – McWilliam Park Hotel, Claremorris, Co. Mayo – April 2017)

It went great Ger, plenty of compliments and laughs! Stories went down great. There were problems with the microphones, I had to change them three times, however, I remained cool and calm and did the whole MC duties as we had planned to do. I really couldn’t have done it without you. Once the food was served, there were no interruptions, therefore, we had to do all the talking after the meal. I ate all my food! People, who I didn’t know, came up to me afterwards and all night saying how well I’d done. Thanks a million Ger. You really                         have to react to the audience, don’t you?

Dave (Bestman – Fota Island Hotel & Golf Resort, Cork – March 2017)

Beep] me Ger it went [Beep] fantastic! The best investment I ever made. They were laughing and crying. People were hugging me and shaking my hand afterwards. They just didn’t expect this from me. Enda the Groom said, ‘What the [Beep], where did that come from?’ I stuck to our script, with so many people thanking me for mentioning them. I spoke before the meal and then had the most enjoyable time and night. I’m still on a [Beep] high. If anyone wants to call me about whether they should invest in you or not, give them my number and have them call me, I will tell them that they have to! You were simply [Beep] great Ger. It was my mother (God rest her) who helped me find you.

Gerry (Father of the Groom – Salthill Hotel, Salthill, Galway – March 2017)

Speech went well Ger. Stuck to my guns as you suggested. Wanted to add in some extra narrative that happened on the day, but didn’t! Overall, a rip-roaring success. Lots of people came up to me afterwards, complimenting all the speeches; I believe them to be sincere in their words, saying they were the best speeches they ever heard at a wedding. Delighted that I invested in you, one of my better decisions.

Michael (Groom – Farnham Estate, Co. Cavan – December 2016)

Hi Ger, all went to our plan! I definitely showed up all of the other speakers, they really did not expect what they saw and heard. The claps were deafening. I really nailed it. A guy asked me afterwards, ‘Did I work in the military?’ I must have looked and sounded a bit authoritarian, but I guess that’s what it takes to do it right. The hotel had a great sound system. People had doubted me Ger, but I delivered! Thank you for all your help, really…!

John (Bestman – Old Ground Hotel, Ennis, Co. Clare – December 2016)

Perfect Ger. Everyone was so appreciative and laughed a lot. I was delighted. Thank you for all your help. I’ll be coming back to you when I’m Bestman for my brother’s wedding.

Stephen (Groom – Lough Rynn Castle, Mohill, Co. Leitrim – November 2016)

Everything went great, brilliant Ger, thank you so much! Everything we planned in the speech went down a treat. So many people, in fact loads of people came up to me afterwards and the next day saying how great they thought I was. Thanks again Ger, it was worth the trips down from Dublin over the last few Saturdays.

Keith (Bestman – Lough Rynn Castle, Mohill, Co. Leitrim – November 2016)

Ger, Thank you for all your help in your office and in the Hotel. You were right, the PowerPoint PP slides were a risky thing to do, but it worked out good. As you know I had over 50 slides and on the day some of the background sound effects and music didn’t work out as I had hoped, but I think people enjoyed it. I did get a lot of great feedback alright. Hard work being a Bestman, but it was great to do it. Only for you, I wouldn’t have done all I did and said all I said, plus you had great ideas for the PP show.

Alan (Bestman – Salthill Hotel, Galway – August 2016)

Ger, Thank you sincerely for all your help, it was great! The speech was amazing, the reaction I got was amazing, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the hotel. Everyone coming up to and thanking me afterwards! I was emotional, but I got through it. It worked out very, very well, so thank you from the bottom of my heart. To top it all, I got a standing ovation, could not believe it!

Tony (Father of the Bride – Glenlo Abbey Hotel, Galway – August 2016)

A standing ovation Ger, that’s a fact, I couldn’t believe it, still on a high! Everyone asking me, ‘Where did that come from’? Everyone said it was brilliant. I heard I had every lady in the house in tears. UK Speaking Coach said it was the best wedding speech she had ever heard. Though I was very nervous at the start, I done everything that you told me to re; the delivery i.e., pausing, pacing, voice projecting etc. and it worked out perfectly. Couldn’t have done it without you Ger. There was no comparison between my version and yours. A few more daughters to get married yet, so I’ll be back to you.

Donie (Father of the Bride – Radisson Hotel, Limerick – July 2016)

Everything went great Ger. I wouldn’t have been able to pull it off without your help, preparation and hard work beforehand are key. Received great compliments, in fact the Hotel Manager said it was the best Bestman speech he ever heard. Thanks Ger.

Patrick (Bestman – The Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway – June 2016)

I wanted to say a few words at my wedding for my family and friends. Ger helped me to structure my speech and deliver it confidently in The Abbey Hotel, Roscommon. I was so glad I spoke!

Regina (Bride – The Abbey Hotel, Roscommon – February 2016)

It wasn’t a good speech Ger, it was a bloody great speech. I just couldn’t believe the response and reaction. Questions like Where, How, When kept being asked on how I managed to do it. If they only knew! Many people were visibly emotional as I delivered it. I kept to the script and used all your speaking tips as you advised, it really was fantastic. So many ‘applause’ interruptions during it. Thank you so much Ger

DerekJuly 2006

he worry of my wedding speech nearly ruined my wedding. Ger coached me all the way over a period of a few weeks building up my confidence and tailoring my speech. The best part was the rehearsal in The Galway Bay Hotel a day before the wedding, everything (what if’s…) was covered.

Peter (Groom)

“’I was sick thinking about it.  My wife made me go to Ger.  Even though I was nervous on the day, I was controlled and confident.  It’s good to be nervous, makes you more alert / focused’’

Bill (Father of the Bride)

I didn’t want to speak, but I knew I had to. Came across Ger through a friend. I found his work with me to be very helpful and rewarding before, during and after I had delivered my few words in The Sheraton Hotel, Athlone. I didn’t let the families down, especially my son (the groom) who was very proud of me.

Jimmy (Father of the Groom)

approached Ger to work with me over a few sessions on my speech. It was very important to me to do well both for myself and my brother Oliver at his wedding in The Meadow Court Hotel, Loughrea. Everyone was expecting an ordinary and short speech. I blew them away and stole the show…thanks Ger!

JP (Bestman)

wanted to deliver a memorable speech that people would enjoy and find humorous and portray the real me. Ger worked with me very confidentially, professionally and made the speech relevant and funny. I found the rehearsal in The Hudson Bay Hotel, Athlone a week before the wedding to be crucial so that there would be no surprises on the day. There wasn,t and I will never forget the laughter and applause.

Jeremy (Groom)

Mary (Mother of the Bride)

My husband passed away 12 months before our first daughter’s wedding. I wanted to give her away in the church, which I did, but wasn’t looking forward to the speech. Heard of Great Speech who I found understanding and supportive. Everyone loved my few words’

Due to family circumstances, I had to say a few words. I was ok up to a week before the wedding and then I panicked. Went on the Internet and found Great Speech. Though I was still nervous on the day, I was in control and said everything that I wanted to say. I was chuffed with myself. Thanks so much Ger

Patricia (Mother of the Groom)

150% Ger! 247 people sat down for the meal and 220 of them cried! Received so many compliments. People are even ringing me now (days after the wedding) saying how they couldn’t believe what I said and how I said it.  You certainly delivered Ger. I simply could not have done it without your help! I will be telling everyone about you. Thank you, thank you, thank you…!

Anthony (Groom – Glasson House Hotel, Glasson, Co. Westmeath – September 2016)

Could not have gone better Ger! A1! 100%! Great compliments, with some people saying it was the best Bestman speech they had ever heard. I was actually waiting and looking forward to delivering my speech, imagine that considering when we first met. Great idea to take the mic as soon as possible! I really didn’t think it would go as well Ger.

John (Bestman – Glasson House Hotel, Glasson, Co. Westmeath – September 2016)

Hi Ger, it went great. Everything you told me and the tips on how to get off to the right start, handle nerves and speak slowly were on the ball. Seasoned grooms were coming up to me afterwards saying that that was the best Groom’s speech they had ever heard. Received and still receiving so many compliments. Many people in the audience too were emotional. It was so worth the investment with you Ger. Thank you so much. I am Bestman for my brother next year, so I’ll be back to you for more!

Bernard (Groom – Galway Bay Hotel, Salthill, Galway – September 2016)

It was brilliant Ger, received compliments all night long. People pulling me aside all night, even the following day complimenting and congratulating me on the speech. They really didn’t think I had that in me. The way we had the speech written and organised on paper and the way I had it practised, they thought I was doing it all from my head as I looked at the audience a lot. Thank you so much Ger, delighted I found you and made the decision to meet up. Fair play! PS: I’m Bestman for my friend next year, so I’ll be back to you for more!

Johnny (Groom – Clonabreany House Hotel, Kells, Co. Meath – September 2016)

I did very well. As you know Ger, I wouldn’t have been surprised if I didn’t do it, but I did! First two lines were shaky and then I was away! Received great compliments. All said, really, really good.

Frank (Father of the Groom – Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty, Co. Clare – January 2016)

It went fantastic, I was thrilled! Some people got emotional around me, but I held it together. You were great Ger. Thanks a million and thanks too for calling afterwards.

Robert (Groom – Salthill Hotel, Galway – January 2016)

100% Ger! I had a queue of people wanting to shake my hand after the dinner. A lot of people were crying. I think I surpassed my own expectations. Bit shaky at the start, but then got into it. I’m very happy that I found you. As well as helping me with the content, structure and delivery, you also gave me the confidence. I will definitely be recommending you. Thanks for your call Ger, I should have been calling you.

Gerry (Father of the Bride – Radisson Hotel, Galway – December 2015)

Hi Ger, Speech went well, but not as good as last time. The problem was that friends of the Bride were loud and distracting during all of the speeches. It wasn’t your fault. Thanks very much again for all your help.

Carmel (Mother of the Groom – Salthill Hotel, Galway – February 2015)

My speech went down a treat and I got great compliments. Cheers, Pat.

Pat (Groom – Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty, Co. Clare – March 2015)

It went really, really well Ger. They didn’t know what I was going to say next. They were sorry to see me finish. Others said it was the best Father of the Bride speech that they had ever heard.

TJ (Father of the Bride – Lough Rea Hotel, Co. Galway – April 2015)

Speech was great Ger. So many people congratulated me. The priest said to my mother afterwards, ‘That was one of the best speeches I heard in a long time, I didn’t expect it!’ And my mother said, ‘Either did I!’ So thanks a million Ger, I couldn’t have written or delivered it without your help.

Alan (Groom – Ardilaun Hotel, Galway – May 2015)

Thanks for all your help Ger. Speech was very emotional, but went down great. Teacher friends of Aoife were very impressed. My own friends and family didn’t expect it at all.

Kenneth (Groom – Cavan – May 2015)

Speeches were very informal. I ad-libbed a small bit, but as you said ‘stuck to the script’. Thank you for all your help Ger, it was great.

Randal (Father of the Groom – The Lodge at Ashford, Co. Mayo – June 2015)

Thanks for all your help Ger. Speech was very emotional, but went down great. Teacher friends of Aoife were very impressed. My own friends and family didn’t expect it at all.

Kenneth (Groom – Cavan – May 2015)

Hi Ger, Thanks for your e-mail. The whole event went very well and I got loads of praise for my speech. So, that was a big relief, thanks for all your help it is very much appreciated. And we got weather for two days so that also helped to make it a great wedding. Thanks again.

Paul (Father of the Bride – Dublin)

Ger, I couldn’t wait to call you on Monday morning and now I’m speechless and out of breadth. Maria’s wedding went so perfect. It was very emotional; the hotel had to supply boxes of tissues to every table. The speech went so well. I was told I got a two minute standing ovation, which I never noticed to be honest. I can’t thank you enough. We will have the video in a few weeks and I will bring you over to the house to see it. Only then will you appreciate what you did for me. I cannot thank you enough Ger.

Sean (Father of the Bride – Galway Bay Hotel, Galway – June 2015)

Ger, so glad I went to you. Preparation is the key. I was really, really pleased! Thank you.

John (Father of the Groom – Doonbeg Hotel, Co. Clare – July 2015)

Hi Ger, just finished speech in the last few minutes. I was 80% happy. I actually got emotional and never expected or prepared for it and I was also very nervous, even in front of 30 people. As you know I never did anything like this before in my life. People have been congratulating me saying well done and how it was a wonderful speech. The Groom and Bestman didn’t know how to follow it. I now have to do the mini-speech that you did for me for the next part of the wedding when 80 or more guests arrive, I’m actually looking to forward to doing this one. Thanks again Ger, in my wildest dreams I simply could not have done this and to such a level without your help, talk soon.

Bernard (Father of the Bride – Cloonacauneen Castle, Galway – August 2015)

Hi Ger, I was embarrassed! I got so many compliments, I couldn’t believe it. As you know there were a lot of dignitaries and academics there. They were all asking me questions about the ‘how’, ‘where’ and ‘when’ of my speech. It was worth every cent and time spent with you, thanks a million, I never expected that response and feedback.

Martin (Father of the Bride – Dunraven Arms Hotel, Adare – August 2015)

Ger, everything went so well. I couldn’t have done it without you. There were some tears and the song ‘North to Alaska’ went down a treat. Fair play to you.

John (Father of the Groom – Lady Gregory Hotel, Gort – September 2015)

Hi Ger, everything went great. I was so happy. I kept it together, with everyone crying around me. Your words about my son were instrumental and helped him change. It was so good to have contacted you and worked with you. The end speech was just fantastic. Compliments are still coming to me with people who were not at the wedding complimenting me. Thank you very much Ger, you were great, so worthwhile.

Marie (Mother of the Bride – Trim Castle, Trim – September 2015)

Speech went brilliantly Ger. Thank you for your help. I got great feedback afterward.

Francis (Bestman – An Gríannán, Burt, Co. Donegal – July 2015)

On honeymoon Ger. Speech went very well, Yvonne, my wife loved it…thanks a million.

Sean (Groom – Bloomfield House Hotel, Mullingar – October 2015)

Could not have simply done it without you Ger! When I first seen the first draft, I said, ‘I couldn’t possibly deliver all of this!’ But, there was nothing really I could have left out. Your preparation that you did with me and the practice sessions in the hotel before the wedding were of huge help to me. I never done this type of thing before. As I went around the tables after the meal, people were so complimentary, saying I should stand in the general election, they never expected it. Thanks a million for all your help Ger.

Pat (Brother of the Bride – Lough Rea Hotel, Loughrea – November 2015)

Speech went down a treat Ger, I was delighted, great compliments all around, thrilled I am! Your help was great and to be honest I didn’t think you would have been so much of an influence.

Diarmuid (Bestman – Knockranny Hotel, Westport – December 2015)

I stole the show Ger, everyone was talking to and about me, they never expected such a performance. I feel I took a bit from the Groom. The Wedding Coordinator of the hotel said that they never heard or seen a performance like it. It was so worth it, received so many compliments all night, thanks a million Ger.

Michael (Bestman – Westwood Hotel, Galway – December 2015)

Nervous start! My mother did some speech editing that morning. But seriously Ger, it went perfect, it was fantastic. Happy that I went to you, it was great to have been prepared, all the small things made the difference.

John (Bestman – Knockranny Hotel, Westport, Co. Mayo – December 2015)

Hi Ger, speech went great and everyone loved it, thanks for your help!

Daniel (Groom – Ardilaun Hotel, Galway – April 2014)

Hi Ger, went very well. Got many congratulations afterwards with comments like well done to speech of the night to best speech ever and even got congratulated a week later from people who were not even at the wedding. Thank you again. Delighted I went to you.

Luke (Father of the Groom – Ashford Castle – April 2014)

Ger, thanks a million for all your help, the speech went down very well, got loads of huge compliments. Thanks again, hopefully our paths cross again sometime.

Brian (Bestman – Kilronan Castle – April 2014)

Ya, everything went very well, thanks a million Ger.

Liam (Groom – Lough Rinn Castle Hotel – May 2014)

This was the last of my five daughters to get married and I asked her which one was the best speech? She said, ‘This one Dad’. I was very happy, it was worth the trip to Galway. You did the job Ger and I thank you sincerely.

Joseph (Father of the Bride – Westport House Hotel – June 2014)

I’m so happy, over the moon Ger, my daughter couldn’t believe it, I got a standing ovation, everyone was speaking about me afterwards. I can’t think you enough. The rehearsal in the hotel beforehand was so important. No one was expecting me to do what I did and there were no tears, until afterwards.

Margaret (Mother of the Bride – Salthill Hotel, Galway – May 2014)

It was a great speech; a lot of clapping, great laughter, every part was perfect. Full of RTE celebrities! I got the best kiss and hug for a long time from Charlie Bird. He said, ‘It was the best speech he heard for a long time

Francis (Mother of the Bride – Ardilaun Hotel, Galway – June 2014)

Hiya Ger, just a quick text to say thanks so so much. The speech went absolutely brilliant. I couldn’t believe it. My wife cried, she was so happy. I genuinely couldn’t thank you enough. I was so relaxed because I was happy with the speech and I spoke slowly and people were laughing and it made the whole day. You’re a gent, all the best.

Tom (Groom – Midleton Park Hotel, Mullingar – July 2014)

PJ’s speech was excellent. People couldn’t get over it. He really stole the show. There was so much clapping. Thanks a million Ger.

Mary (Mother of the Bride who spoke on behalf of her Husband PJ)– Raheen Woods Hotel, Athenry – July 2014)

Everyone was praising me afterwards Ger. I couldn’t believe it. It went so well. They thought it was very funny, you were right, they did laugh when I was hoping they would. Overall, I couldn’t believe it. Grace was delighted!

Michael (Groom – Raheen Woods Hotel, Athenry – August 2014)

Ger, over 40 people came up to me afterwards to congratulate me, I couldn’t believe! It went very well alright. They didn’t expect it. I did a mini-speech before I called in the Bride & Groom and the Groom commented ‘That was a great introduction’! I was thinking that you were sitting in front of me telling me to speak slowly, project the voice and add the music! Going to the hotel beforehand to do a practice was a great idea….thanks very much again. Ger

Thomas (Bestman – Claregalway Hotel, Claregalway – September 2014)

I did a great speech Ger. People were surprised that I spoke for so long, they weren’t expecting it. My Uncle came up to me afterwards and said, ‘I hope my daughter finds someone who can speak about them as honest as you did about Angela’!

Mark (Groom – Salthill Hotel, Galway – September 2014)

It went great Ger. Glad I went to you; sorry I left it so late. We did the speeches before the meal, so I could really enjoy my meal. Thanks again Ger, I will definitely recommend you.

Dave (Bestman – Marino Hotel, Dublin – October 2014)

Ger, you did a mighty job on me, I didn’t think I could do it. The rehearsal in the hotel beforehand was great. Key too was your coaching on how to start the speech, getting off to a good start for me was so important and I did TG! Everyone should go to you for help on a wedding speech.

Gerry (Father of the Bride – Sheraton Hotel, Athlone – November 2014)

Ger, I’m so pleased I went to you. I couldn’t have done it without you. No emotion, just hit the ground running. There will be more work for you from this. Thanks a million, you were great!

Joe (Father of the Groom – Salthill Hotel, Galway – December 2014)

Ger, million, million thanks to you. Speech went fantastically well. So many people came up to me afterwards. Will be forever grateful to you. Sorry for the short notice.

John (Father of the Groom – The Village Lyonsand, Dublin – December 2014)

Ger, speech went down a storm last night. I was receiving compliments all night after it. Meant a lot to me. Thanks so much for all your help.

Jamie (Groom – The Oranmore Lodge Hotel, Galway – December 2014)

Ger, speech went great, I am so pleased, even the priest complimented me. I should have gone to you earlier. Thank you again.

Mary (Mother of the Groom – Trim Castle Hotel, Trim – December 2014)

My husband passed away 12 months before our first daughters wedding. I wanted to give her away in the church which I did, but wasn’t looking forward to the speech. Heard of Great Speech who I found understanding and supportive. Everyone loved my few words.

Maureen (Mother of the Bride – Tuscany, Italy – October 2013)

I got compliments all day Ger. I have a brother a politician and they all thought that he wrote my speech. You gave me so much confidence. I wasn’t one bit nervous. Thank you very much again. I will certainly tell people about you.

Terry (Father of the Bride – Bunratty Hotel, Co. Limerick – October 2013

Hi Ger, Speech went brilliantly. Everyone I met after gave huge compliments about how funny and sincere it was without bringing any dirt into it. Wife was very impressed firstly that I didn’t drink until after the speeches and then how prepared and composed on the delivery I was. Thanks again for your expert help and was very very happy with the end result.

Derek (Bestman – The Westwood Hotel, Galway – August 2013)

Really glad I went to you Ger. It was hard to make the initial phone call to you, but it really paid off. The hand shakes and ‘pats’ on the back lasted all weekend. After making a poor effort at my brother’s wedding as his Bestman, I didn’t want to do the same again at my own wedding. Speech was very emotional, but I held it together!

George (Groom – Lisloughrey Hotel, Co. Mayo – September 2013)

I got compliments all day Ger. I have a brother a politician and they all thought that he wrote my speech. You gave me so much confidence. I wasn’t one bit nervous. Thank you very much again. I will certainly tell people about you.

Terry (Father of the Bride – Bunratty Hotel, Co. Limerick – October 2013)

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