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Wedding Speeches: Who Traditionally Says What?

by Dinna Donald (writer), , August 16, 2016

Wedding Ceremony

The exact time of wedding speeches may vary depending on religion and customs, but most speeches are usually delivered towards the end of the meal.

The cutting of the wedding cake usually happens after the speeches. In most cases there are many people who want to give a toast at the wedding day. There is a traditional order for wedding speeches, but if it is your wedding, you are the one who will decide about it. The wedding toasts traditionally follow the next order: father of the bride, groom, best man, etc. Sometimes also the bride and the bridesmaid are saying a few words to mark the special day. Many couple choose their wordings wisely in their wedding cards as well, while others keep is simple and express their feelings in the speech only. Traditionally, their toasts come between the toasts of the groom and best man. In this article we will present you a traditional order of the toasts and we will tell you who traditionally says what. We hope this article will be interesting for you, so let’s start.

The Master of Ceremonies. The master of ceremonies traditionally introduces himself and welcomes all people to the Reception. Then the master of ceremonies introduces the bridal party and also announces with applause the couple’s arrival into the wedding reception.

The Father of The Bride/A Close Family Friend. Traditionally, the father of the bride is who makes the first speech at the wedding day. He thanks all the guests for coming to the wedding and for participating in the big day. Also, he thanks to all those people who have contributed to the costs of the wedding. The father of the bride also praises the bride and wishes welcome to her new husband into the family. He usually says that he is not losing a daughter, but he is gaining the son. This is usually a very sentimental moment of his wedding speech. At the end, the father of the bride toasts the bride and the groom. Sometimes this speech can also be delivered by a close family friend.

The Groom. Traditionally, the groom thanks the father of the bride for his toast and then he thanks the guests for coming to the special day and also for their gifts. The groom traditionally compliments his bride and thanks his best man. Also, he thanks the bridesmaids and toasts the hosts.

The Best Man. The next speech is the speech of the best man. He thanks the groom for his toast to the bridesmaids and he also comments on the newlyweds, especially the groom. The best man also reads the messages from absent relatives and friends. At the end he gives a final toast to the bridal couple.

This is the short version of the traditional order of wedding speeches. As we have already said, bride usually wants to say a few words, as well as the chief bridesmaid.

Bride. Bride usually wishes to speak immediately after the groom. She thanks the guests for coming and she also thanks her parents and bridesmaids. She compliments the groom and then she proposes the toast.

Chief Bridesmaid. The chief bridesmaid thanks the bride and she also compliments all the ushers. At the end, the chief bridesmaid proposes a toast.

There are also other persons who want to give their wedding speeches. Those persons are the parents of the bride, the parents of the groom, close friends and relatives, etc. If there are too many people who are making speeches then it is important to shorten the speeches. Every speech should last between 2 and 4 minutes, in order to avoid audience to get bored. But, there are also people who are very shy so it is not necessary to torture them.

Most important is to make a wedding speech that will be interesting and sentimental and that will make the audience feel good.

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Dinna Donald is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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