Are you doing a Bridal speech at your wedding?

posted 2 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
9262 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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HarveySpecter :  I’ve never heard of a “bridal speech”. If you’re the host, you should thank your guests. If you’re the gues of honor, you should thank your hosts. Other than that, my advice for any speech you plan to give is, keep it short. Like 3 minutes or less. That is plenty of time to thank everyone.

Post # 3
10704 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

Yes, what pp above said. A short thank you to families is all you need.  ‘Bridal speech’ isn’t a thing. 


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Post # 4
7977 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

My husband and I gave a joint speech thanking everyone. It was really short, after our entrance and kicked off the “start” to dinner. 

Post # 5
664 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

My advice is to give a general speech thanking friends and family generally for their help/love/support. Do not name names!!! Someone is bound to think they were missed/omitted/should have been named and will be offended.  Unfortunately I did this at my 1st wedding and it caused a rift that never healed. 

Post # 6
735 posts
Busy bee

Keep it real short. 

Post # 7
4904 posts
Honey bee

I guess I’m not really familiar with a bridal speech. I think it’s pretty typical for the hosts of the party, whether that be either bride(s) and groom(s), or one or both sets of parents, to give a short welcome toast. It doesn’t absolve you of your responsibilities of still individually greeting everyone, but is a nice way to just kick off and welcome everyone. Is that perhaps what you’re thinking of? So it typically goes something like this…

“Good evening everyone. Other person and I want to welcome everyone and thank you all for joining us today. We are so blessed to have so many wonderful friends and family to make this day even more special. Thank you for being here and being part of our lives. We hope everyone has a blast. Cheers!”

Some of the other stuff you mention is stuff that I think is more appropriate for individually one on one either at the rehearsal dinner or the morning of getting ready.  Like thanking your wedding party is something that typically gets done at the rehearsal dinner or while getting ready when you give them a thank-you gift and hopefully a heartfelt card or conversation letting them know how much it meant to you for them to be part of your wedding. Same thing with parents. And thanking your spouse is certainly a nice thing but also kind of superfluous since everybody literally just watched you stand up and pledge your life to them so everyone already have a pretty good idea that you think they’re pretty cool and are thankful for them.

Post # 9
2710 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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HarveySpecter :  DH and I had a brief thank you speech. We thanked guests who traveled and our parents. We acknowledged 2 anniversaries taking place and a birthday. I looooove public speaking and I love showing gratitude so I handled the speech. 

Post # 10
1076 posts
Bumble bee

I am not getting married, but I would be hella down for a Bridal Speech. I will probably do one (did not think of what to call it previously). I have done speeches as two weddings and am on point in getting people to cry in under three minutes. The more sobs I can garner from the guests the better. Already started writing my third speech as Maid/Matron of Honor for my sister September 2020. I take it very seriously.

Post # 11
1092 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

My husband and I quickly thanked our parents for their support and hosting the day and our guests for traveling to join us. We also acknowledged my parents 35th wedding anniversary that was a few days later. That was it. No one wants to listen to speeches lol. We jointly did it, we both speak publicly for a living and have a natural rhythm, we didn’t really plan it out or anything…. and neither of us had been drinking… so we winged it. I don’t recommend doing that, unless you are VERY comfortable speaking publicly and very sober lol.

Post # 12
285 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

My DH gave a short speach thanking me, our families and all our guests. He gave his speech after cutting our cake which was after dinner before the dancing continued. 

Post # 13
2249 posts
Buzzing bee

I thanked everyone for coming, my parents for their help and acknowledged my grandparents’ anniversary.  My husband said a thank you as well.  Probably took a couple of minutes.  

Post # 14
165 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Melbourne, Australia

Fellow Aussie bride here 🙂 I love it when brides also do a speech, and most of the weddings I have been to (here in Australia) the bride has also done a speech. It’s totally up to each couple and what works best for them. My husband is definitely the more introverted out of us, and really wasn’t thrilled about the idea of speaking in front of all of our guests haha – so he just improvised something short and sweet on the day. Whereas I am a public speaker from way back, so I jumped at the chance to speak at our wedding. My speech was actually formatted as a rhyming poem that I wrote, and I had so much fun writing it and speaking it on the day! The guitarist from the band we hired came up to me after and said it was the best speech he’s ever heard at a wedding, and they’ve played at hundreds of weddings over the years, so that was nice to hear! If you do write a speech, make sure you give your notes to someone trustworthy on the day who won’t lose it haha. I tried to write it so that I interspersed moments of emotional stuff with quirky or funny things that made people laugh. Have fun, and enjoy your day! 🙂 

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