Toasts and Eulogies - Centrepiece Writing Studio - Shannon Marshall - Victoria, BC

Centrepiece Speeches

Do any of these sound familiar?

  I want to deliver a truly meaningful speech on my loved ones' special day.

  I know what I want to say in my head, but it’s just not coming together.

  I’m crazy busy and need a hand getting my thoughts organized.

  I’m nervous about public speaking.

  I wish I could write, but it’s just not my skill.

Not to worry. Together we got this.

I’ll take you through my supportive discovery process, then work my magic to deliver a custom speech, authentic and in your own voice, handcrafted just for you.

Whether you’re raising a glass for the happy couple, or standing up to honour a life well lived, I’ll make sure you have what you need to speak with confidence:

a custom crafted speech in your own voice,

notes tailored to your individual needs,

one-on-one practice time to master your timing, pacing and delivery, and

a virtual debrief after your event to celebrate your success!

I take the lead on the writing, but you always have the final say on the end product. We work it til it's ready.


3-5 spirited minutes

Raise your glass with confidence. A good toast has the power to entertain, educate, inspire and elevate.  Perfect for weddings, wakes, anniversaries, birthdays, retirements, first dates and other signature celebrations. Whatever the occasion, I make sure you show up ready to shine.  Cheers!

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10-15 heartfelt minutes

Saying goodbye is never easy. Especially when you’ve got decisions to make, family to care for and grief to carry. Don’t go it alone.  Remembering a loved one can be the most difficult speech to give, but also the most transformative.  Clients report feeling a sense of peace and release after delivering a well-prepared reflection on their loved one’s contributions to the world.

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Vows and Renewals

1-2 breathtaking minutes

Say I do and mean it. You’re ready to commit… but to what? To have and to hold?  Cue the eye roll. You want vows that are as unique and vibrant as you are, not the standard JP-issued repeat-after-me. By getting to know you as a couple, your style, values and priorities, I create frame-worthy vows that actually mean something.

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Available for one or both spouses

Local Event Attendance

We’ve hit it off, and you’d love a little extra moral support at your event. I’m so honoured to be invited. Schedule permitting, I’m happy to:

  • Help calm or energize you before your speech,
  • Hold space as an attentive listener in the audience,
  • Celebrate and debrief your speech afterwards and
  • Meet your family and close friends.

Thank you for understanding I am not available to assist as part of the event service team.

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Centrepiece Portraits

See yourself differently. Just as the right photograph can help you discover the beauty within, a personally tailored Centrepiece portrait showcases the best version of yourself - professionally, creatively or personally. Let’s face it, writing about our brilliant selves - in a natural, authentic way - is next to impossible. It’s like taking a selfie with the lens pressed up to your nose. That’s where I come in - with a healthy step back and a trained eye for detail.

Centrepiece Portrait Bio


You are so much more than the sum of your skills and experience. Whether you’re introducing yourself on your website, book, album or membership profile, we’ll capture what makes you you... Elevated. We’re not talking about gaming Google or making a hard sales pitch. This is an authentic reflection of who you are. In your best light. Connecting with your audience.

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Centrepiece Portrait Letter

Bonus: complementary résumé polish

Introduce yourself like a boss. Like a strong handshake (remember those?), a good cover letter conveys confidence, personality and capability. No limp fish or cold clammies here. Just a clear, solid connection between you and your new job. If you’re responding to a posting, I’ll make sure you align. If you’re cold calling, I’ll help warm your audience. So easy, you’d better clear time for that interview.

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Centrepiece Creative (and Corporate too!)

Shannon do you write web content?  You bet I do!

Blogs?  Yep.

Emails?  Naturally.

I got my start in a traditional comms shop, which means I spent my days whipping up press releases, speeches and op eds like an omelet chef on Sunday.

Today, I enjoy a calmer pace, and my clients all chill knowing I'll show up fully and effectively. On time.

What about the really creative stuff?

If your biz needs a name, if your event needs a poem, if your photo needs a caption… I’m game!

And I love a good ol’ fashioned brainstorm too.  You bring the challenge, I’ll bring the energy.

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Just need a sounding board?

I get it - you want to write this yourself. I'm the same way! But it's still kinda nice to have a friend to walk you through the hard parts. Whether you're having trouble getting started, or just want a second set of eyes to look over your latest draft, I gotcha covered. Contact for pricing.

Centrepiece Writing Studio is grateful to operate on the traditional lands of the Lekwungen people, now represented by the Songhees and Xwsepsum (Esquimalt) nations...
The glorious land commonly known as Victoria, BC.

With great respect for the earliest residents of our shared coastal home, CWS strives to uphold our mutual values of storytelling and environmental stewardship.

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