Are YOU making a speech at the reception?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I didn’t make a speech, per se, but I did take the mic and thanked my parents, then our guests for coming, and told them how much it meant to us to see so many faces and feel all their love and support. I said, “enjoy the party!” and I was done. Probably took a total of 45 seconds.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

We did the same as littlemisst08 – my husband made a quick little speech (~45 seconds) about how happy we were to have everyone there, thanking our parents, and a few other nice things.  I basically said “Ditto”.  It was under a minute.

People get pretty tired of speeches, so I’d keep it short.  I’m also not a huge fan of the public gift presentation… It’s kinda awkward for everyone.  We generally kept to a “more fun and celebration, less pomp and circumstance and speeches and formality” rule.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@lolot:  oh I forgot about the gift presentation. That’s a little odd in the middle of the reception to me. We gave our thank you gifts out at the rehearsal dinner.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I made a short speech at our wedding.  I told my DH, “either you speak at the rehearsal dinner or the wedding to thank everyone, I’ll take whichever one you don’t want.”  I am a theatre person so I don’t have a problem in front of a group so I was elected to thank everyone at the wedding.  It was short though, and we didn’t do any gift presentations.  I just thanked my parents and expressed my appreciation for my new in-laws and thanked the wedding party and all the guests for coming.  It was short sweet!

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

We did. Short and sweet. Thanks for helping. Thanks for coming. Have fun. 

Also: The wedding also had speeches by our maid of honor (short) and our best man (not so short). Both sets of parents gave a short speech at the welcome dinner

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Pinkmoon:  Both me and my husband gave a short speech thanking everyone who came and helped us out 🙂

Lots of people (including vendors) couldn’t stop saying how much they appreciated the recognition 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I plan on thanking everyone for coming and then offering a toast for the ones we have lost.  My father passed so that’s a big one to lose and I want to do a toast in his memory.  I’m also about to lose my Grandmother in the next week or so and will include her.  OTher than that I’m not doing a big speech. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I don’t know if I’m going to give a speech, but I want to at least say something,.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@Pinkmoon:  I did and was glad I did! I thanked everyone on my side and then I recited a poem I wrote(with help!) for my hubby. I think it went down well 🙂

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I thought in the US it was more typical for the bride and groom to speak at the rehearsal dinner and thank everyone. They don’t typically speak at the wedding.

My English FI says the groom almost always has a speech across the pond, so he will be speaking at our reception. I find it weird!

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

We did. We gave a welcome speech right before the first course was served. We paid for the wedding ourselves. So, as the hosts, it seemed most appropriate for us to start the evening’s speeches.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I will probably say a quick thank you, but that’s it.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

@Pinkmoon:  We did not make a speech.  But we did speak individually to everyone who came.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@lovekiss:  +1. As hosts I would find it strange not to say anything. Plus, people came for us so it’s something we can give back. I found it strange when we didn’t hear from our friend (the wife) at their wedding!

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