A performance piece
A bespoke piece of writing, usually written in a newly married couple’s honour with either their words or those of loved ones, performed by a family member or friend. It takes its name from the lead role often assumed by whoever performs it, usually kicking off a wedding reception’s festivities.
Depending on whose idea it’s been, together we’d develop an outline for the writing, agreeing in general terms its overall style, subject matter and range.
I’d then work directly with our nominated contributors, asking them to answer particular questions that will help me create our text within my agreed remit.
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My clients and contributors may be one and the same – the happy couple – wanting the story of their relationship told, entertaining their guests.
Or I might gather memories from a group of friends, kept as a surprise until the day (as long as a nominated editor signs off).
You could also have more than one speaker if you wanted – another way to involve family and friends who have a talent for public speaking.
Cost is always determined by considerations such as how many contributors’ words I’m writing with and the intended length of the overall piece of writing.
Hannah Wroe Gill – Words and Wisdom