Why? Why? Why?Then came the Best Man who said he was going to wing it
Unless you are a special kind of speaker, this is just a horrible idea.
But if you have no experience public speaking, it might be the safe thing to do. Better than winging it for nearly everybody.Though the Maid of Honor read her toast, which is always a mistake, it was well thought out.
You and I speak a lot in front of people so we know the middle of neither winging it nor reading work best. But back when I had horrible stage fright, reading would have been a big challenge for me. I remember when a 5 minute "speech" seemed like an absolute eternity. Now, you have 15 minutes. What the hell can you do in only 15 minutes?
BTW, I nearly flunked my required high school speech class my senior year. I gave the mandatory speeches. It was the fake parliamentary thing where you had to raise your hand, get called on and go to the front and talk. I never did. Looking back a halfway decent teacher would have at least asked me why I took zeros. She did teach me zero. My college freshman mandatory speech class I took the last semester of my senior year. Couldn't put it off any further. 🤣