(Closed) Speeches – how many and when?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
Member
952 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

After food for sure, people get anxious for the food. Not too many speeches, cause it loses it’s effect after awhile and people get REALLY bored! I’d say just let the ‘important’ speeches go and leave it at that. But it’s obviously what you want and the crowd who will be there. 

Post # 4
Member
752 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010 - Ocean View Villas/Jasmine Seafood Restaurant

If you’re having a cocktail hour with food, then speeches before is ok.  But if you’re not, then people will get hungry.  I would do speeches between courses. 

Alternatively, you can split them up.  How about dad’s speech before dinner.  Allow people to do open floor speeches during dinner.  Have people go up to the DJ if they would like to give one.  And if no one comes up, then s/he will just play music. 

Then you and FI can do your thank yous before or after the cake cutting. 

I would encourage you to keep the open floor.  The unexpected speeches were about the best part of our wedding.

Post # 5
Hostess
11299 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@tree.hugging.bride:  Like you I had seen it done both ways and thought from seeing my best friend do it before the meal at her wedding I thought what a great idea so the men can get rid of their nerves. However, we have now decided to do it the traditional way and have the speeches after the meal for these reasons;

People just want to eat rather than sit through speeches first

It’s easier for the chef to control the timing of the food

The speeches maybe better afterwards as the people doing the speeches have had a glass of wine or two.

Time limit wise i’d say what 10mins max for each person…?

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