Post # 1
My fiance and I are debating over which scenario works best for the speeches during our reception:
Have best man’s speech AS the first course is being served out to guests and placed on the table
Have the best man’s speech directly after everyone has received the first course on the table
From these two options, which one do you think will get more people to pay attention and become less distracted?
Post # 3
I think you should do the BM speech while the first course is being served merely so that all of the food doesn’t get cold while your guests are listening to the speech. You want them to pay attention to what your BM is saying rather than concentrating on eating 🙂
Post # 4
@Stephanie9386: Agreed. Thank you.
Post # 5
I wanted to do them while the food was being served, by my venue said they wouldn’t do to noise and distraction from the toasts.
Post # 6
Over here speeches used to happen directly after dessert – as in, while people were lingering over their coffee but hadn’t yet decided to start wandering around. Now it’s becoming more common to have the speeches directly before any food is served, as soon as everyone is in their seat. We’re doing this: FI could barely eat his dinner at his brother’s wedding – he was so nervous of giving his speech. At least for ours he’ll have it out of the way and can relax and enjoy his dinner. But then we generally don’t do the wandering from table to table thing over here. Yay! I’ll get to enjoy my dinner!