Wedding Speeches

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
Hostess
30312 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Nikkimcq:  We did this:

1) Best Man

2) MOH

3) His parents

4) My parents

5) Us – basically a “thank you” speech to wrap it all up!

I know ours was a bit shorter and sweeter than yours might be, but hopefully that helps give you an idea! 🙂  Good luck!

Post # 4
Hostess
30312 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Nikkimcq:  sure thing! I think nowadays people are fairly liberal here with how the speeches go, you should be fine! 🙂

Post # 5
Member
1566 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Nikkimcq:  We’ll just be having the Best Man & Maid of Honor and maybe the groom give a toast at the reception. Everyone else is relegated to speak their mind at the rehearsal dinner.

Post # 6
Member
2421 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

We are constantly debating this. 

Where he’s from the Best Man speaks last.  I believe it should be the couple to go last.  We haven’t yet come to an agreement. 

I would like it to go like this: 

My parents 

His parents

MOH

Best Man

Us (me then him). 

Post # 8
Member
75 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I am just having parents at the rehearsal dinner. Knowing them, they will get too emotional at the wedding and it just better to keep theirs more intimate. We will be doing 

MOH, best man, us

Post # 9
Member
2421 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

Nikkimcq:  Our wedding is not on behalf of our parents. We’re paying for everything.  We’re planning it all.  We’re in our 30s, our parents are guests of honour, but they aren’t hosting.  

That said, I love my parents and his.  And we know they’ll all have lots to say!  So I’d like to have them start the speeches.  And it alternates, my side, his side, through all the speeches.  And, IMO, we should have the last say. 

Post # 10
Member
7075 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Only our dads and the MoH gave a short speech.

When you say “bridal party, 2 minutes”, is that each member of your party…? I don’t really think everyone needs to give a speech, and frankly the guests get bored after a while.

Post # 12
Member
1613 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We did:

My parents<br />Husband’s parents<br />Husband’s 2 brothers<br />MOH<br />Best Man<br />Me & my husband

The speeches were short and sweet, and hilarious! 🙂

Post # 13
Member
7195 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Nikkimcq:  We had: My father, my husband, me, the best man. The UK tradition (which mostly applies here in Australia) is father of bride, groom, best man; but I wanted to say a few words too. In the case of my husband and I, it was just a short set of thank yous.

I like this arrangement because apart from the thank yous by the bride and/or groom, you’ve got one person talking about the bride (her father) and one talking about the groom (his best friend). You can change this around (e.g. replace bride’s father with MOH, or best man with groom’s father), but if you have too many more it’s a bit much. Your original list has 3 people talking about you (one of your parents, one of your sisters, one of the bridal party), and I think that could be overdoing it.  

As for when to do them: they were either after or during dessert (I can’t remember!), all in one block; and pretty well every wedding I’ve been to has been like that. Again, that’s the UK/Australian tradition and I see you’re in Canada where it might be a little different.

Post # 14
Member
2169 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

We had my dad, my mum, DH’s parents (together per their choice), maid of honour, best man between entree & main. All kept it short & sweet – my parents were super sentimental (dad was choking up through most of his!) and his were super funny so it was a good mix.  I and then DH spoke before we cut the cake – I was really short, just wanted to say thanks personally and tell everyone how much I love DH, hah. Rounded it off with a couple of quotes (incl the Dr Suess weirdness one :P). DH did a more traditional speech 😉

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