If you are confused about who gives speeches at a wedding, we are here to help!
Here is the order of who should give a speech, as well as what it is exactly that they should be saying:
The bride's father would traditionally do a speech first, as he would have paid a lot of money towards the day.
In his speech he should:
For same-sex couples, it's their choice on who should kick off the evening - or their dads could do a joint speech!
Next, the groom should have his say.
If he wants to follow tradition, this speech would include:
The final wedding speech would traditionally be from the best man. This is where things get entertaining, with the best man also cracking all of the jokes.
The best man should:
Of course, you don't have to follow tradition. You can add a speech in for anyone, including the bride, the maid of honour, and the mother of the bride!
Many brides are now choosing to have a speech themselves, too. This speech would directly follow the grooms, or they can do a joint speech.
Here is a guideline to follow:
Just before the best man has his say, the maid of honour can choose to have a speech.
If you are having a lot of speeches on the day, be sure to ask each participant to keep their speech short. You don't want your speeches to take all day.
The ideal amount of time for a toast is around four minutes - not too long to bore guests, but enough time to share an anecdote, and keep things entertaining.
You can also speed up the toasts by letting each person know the order in which the speeches will be happening.
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