Are you doing a Bridal speech at your wedding?

posted 3 months ago in Reception
Post # 16
163 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2020

I definitely want to do a bridal speech. Usually at weddings I’ve been to the speeches are by the fathers of the bride and groom, the groom and maybe a close friend – I’ve never seen a bride give a proper speech. But personally, I would love the opportunity to address all of the wonderful people in my life (who for the first and maybe last time ever will all be in the same room together) and express my love and gratitude for my family and husband. It might seem a bit self-indulgent but I don’t care! I might never get this chance again.

OP – it’s your wedding. If you want to make a speech, just do it!

Post # 17
1276 posts
Bumble bee

In my experience the groom has given a speech but there is no reason why the bride couldn’t do that. My advice is to make it nice and light. Nothing too sappy. 

Post # 18
227 posts
Helper bee

I did a speech at my wedding last week and loved it! In the UK, it is normally the groom, father of the bride and the best men who give speeches but I’m so glad I did one too! I thanked people for coming, thanked my bridesmaids, thanked my parents and his parents and talked a bit about them and their amazing example for marriage, and then talked about my new husband, told a couple of brief funny stories and said some sincere things at the end, and then raised a toast. I had a really great response from people, but these kinds of speeches are more common in the UK. It was about 5 mins. 

Post # 19
735 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: London, UK

I will definitely be making a speech of some sorts, it winds me up something chronic that traditionally it’s only men who speak at a wedding. My fiance and I will write and give a speech together, and I’m sure we will each say a few words about the other that we will keep as a surprise for the day. 

I’m sure my parents will do a speech together too, rather than my dad just doing one on his own. 

Post # 20
449 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2019 - Canadian Rockies

No speech from us. We let the DJ/Emcee do that for us.. and we had a few family members volunteer to give speeches (no bridal party, since we had a destination wedding a few days prior)

Post # 21
628 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2020

ozbee :  OP, take this advice to heart. My cousin did a speech at a family event and didn’t mention my dad, and he has never forgiven her! I mean, it’s a stupid grudge but some people are like that.


I think more brides should speak.  Women’s voices are underrepresented at most weddings. Who cares if that’s not how it was done in 1940?

Post # 22
457 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2019

Neither of my parents want to speak at the wedding so I’ll probably get up there with FH and just say something brief to thank everyone for coming and sharing in our special day.

Post # 23
79 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2020

minnewanka :  I’m doing a bridal speech, could you tell me your secrets in getting the guests cry? That’d be awesome! laughing


As for all the others saying that “Bridal Speech” isn’t a thing and you should keep it as short as possible, what the heck? If you feel like doing a bridal speech then go for it! In our wedding there will be no vows, so in my speech I will both thank the guests and talk about how amazing my future wife is.

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