(Closed) Speeches

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
18645 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

We just had our dad so speeches and the reception and no speechs at the rehearsal.  You don’t want a ton of speeches because people will get bored and restless.

Post # 4
74 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

In the last wedding I was in, the Bridesmaid or Best Man and Maid/Matron of Honor gave speeches, and the parents talked at the rehearsal dinner. If you have a ton of time at your place, maybe you could ask your immediate families who wants to give a speech. If not, maybe just limit it?

I asked my father if he wanted to do a welcome speech/etc at our reception, and he kind of gave me the “Huh?” look – it probably hasn’t occurred to most of your fam. 🙂

Post # 5
385 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Our parents (my dad, my mom, and his mom) said a little something and then his brother (best man) and my sister (MOH) also gave speeches. And I think the timing with 5 people was just fine, ’cause people were good about not dawdling on and gave very nice short and sweet speeches. 

I went to a wedding where there were just 3 people speaking – but the best men just went on and on and on with inside jokes/anecdotes that the guests could not relate to…. and I think that’s really more of a problem than having more people speak.

Post # 6
5891 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

we’ll probably have my dad, Maid/Matron of Honor, and Bridesmaid or Best Man, and limit them to 3 minutes or so each

Post # 7
4485 posts
Honey bee

It’s entirely personal preference, although most folks say to keep it short as possible. Also, don’t force or pressure anyone into giving a speech who is not at all comfortable with public speaking.

The weddings I have attended in the past have not had any speeches and no one missed them nor were they offended that they were skipped.

Post # 8
2778 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I don’t want any speeches.  FI thinks it would be funny great to give a speech about how we met at the bar and stuff.  I really don’t think anyone would be amused by the story and would take it the wrong way.  And I really don’t want any best men/ cousins siblings etc saying anything asinine.  I have told him if he really insists on speeches we should do them at the rehersal dinner but absolutely no wedding day speeches I could see that going oh so wrong.

If my dad wants to give one or something fine but I just think they are a bad idea and we have gone to a few weddings in the past few years and no one had any speeches. So I doubt they will be missed.

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