So…I have to give a speech?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@Overjoyed:  I wouldn’t thank every single person of give your parents a heartfelt thank you that you don’t mean – it won’t come across as sincere. I’d keep it short and sweet because no one likes speeches at a wedding. Funny if possible, but not necessary. I’d focus it more on your FI and how you are thankful everyone came to share the moment with you. Keep it generic so you don’t forget someone and offend them.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I would just thank everyone for coming, then if you have something specific you want to highlight I’d do that with the individual guests – not in your speech.

I hate public speaking and so I will not be doing a speech at my wedding. Nope. My wedding, my way, haha. Its small though so I’m quite confident that I’ll be able to talk to and thank each guest individually.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I didn’t give a speech. nobody likes them anyway!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

no speech for me either! more time to dance!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Our “planned” speech:

Thank you all so much for coming and sharing in such a wonderful day. Everyone of you have made this a day we will never forget. Both FI and I have dreamed of this day since we have been engaged, and now that we are finally here, we are overwhelmed with the amount of love in this room.

FI and I would espeically like to give thanks for all those in our bridal party and our immediate families who have helped create this day with us. There are so many we want to give our heartfelt thanks to, so please let us toast to them. Please raise your glasses to the X and Y family and friends!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Overjoyed:  You could say something like:

“Thank all of you for coming here today! Whether you’ve made it here from XX or from XX or from just across town, you are all here because you’ve played an important part in both of our lives. Cheers to all of you!” 

My husband gave a general speech thanking our guests along these lines. Thanking individual guests sounds a bit rambling, like an awards show speech. I gave a toast thanking both sets of parents.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I also didn’t give a speech.  My DH did a nice thank you / toast at our rehearsal dinner, but I didn’t want to say anything, so I just stood next to him when he toasted. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

we gave no speech. no one seemed offended.

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