(Closed) Has anyone skipped speeches at the reception?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 17
414 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I would have loved to skip speeches but surprisingly people want to do them? MY dad, his mom my Maid/Matron of Honor…so speeches are happening haha

Post # 18
1188 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

We didn’t do any speeches.  No one wants to hear people yapping.  They want to talk to you individually, talk to the other family and friends who are there, dance, etc.

Post # 19
3045 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

“Or worse are bored to death” <<< *raises hand* This is totally me. If the speech is 2 minutes or less then I can deal with it but when someones droning on and on about how they’ve known such and such since kindergarten and adding all kinds of childhood stories I could care less about I want to run away lol During speeches 5 minutes seems like 20 at receptions! Of course its up to each couple, its their day after all, but I think a brief toast to thank everyone for coming and show appreciation is sufficient. 

Post # 20
669 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - Cherry Orchard

🙋🏼 skipped em. Just so the thank you speech like PP have suggested. 

Post # 21
2144 posts
Buzzing bee

Glad I’m not the only one who wants to skip them. I find them terribly dull and often long. And if the person is drunk…oh man…

Post # 22
326 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I’ve already been asked by my elder Future Sister-In-Law if she can do a speech/poem at the reception. Not sure if Maid/Matron of Honor wants to give one, FI’s dad definately does. I think my dad would like to say a word or two as well.

I tend to like speeches as long as they don’t go on for too long – I had thought we’d probably just thank everyone for coming and those who have been supporting us with planning etc, but it appears that we have people who actually want to speak?! I think it’s quite nice that they want to I guess, it’s not something I’d really thought about but every wedding I’ve been to has had speeches from the best man etc. In fact the more I think about this, the more I feel like I need to get control of who is saying what or we will never get to sit down for dinner!!!!

Post # 23
272 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

We requested all speeches be completed at the rehearsal dinner. His parents asked if they could give blessing before the meal (brunch) we said yes but that’s its. His parents proceeded to give a speech. I was super annoyed and there is photographic evidence lol. We thanked our guests briefly and then carried on with the reception. After his parents gave the speech I asked my Dad if he wanted to also give one but he declined as he hasn’t prepared or brought his speech from the rehearsal. 

Post # 24
15 posts

We plan to skip speeches as well. We are hosting a really nice dinner at one of our favorite restaurants the night before where we will thank all of guests, wedding part, and parent. 

Post # 25
462 posts
Helper bee

I think we will skip the speeches. My partner’s family does not do speeches and neither do my parents. I don’t like doing public speeches (feel embarrassed) so that will only leave my partner to speak if he wants to. Plus, our parents don’t speak the same language so i don’t think there is a real point unless there’s someone willing to be a translator. 

Post # 26
2009 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

we aren’t having them… public speaking is a horrible thing to have to do and id never put our friends and loved ones through that unnessacery stress

Post # 27
35 posts
  • Wedding: July 2016

We aren’t having them, except a very short one by us thanking people for coming.  I feel weird going to people and essentially asking them to stand up in front of a crowd and praise us.

Post # 28
603 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

We are not planning on speeches. There might be a small blessing of the food (just out of love and respect for dad) and Fiance and I may just say a few words to thank everyone for coming to the wedding, but that’s it. Then again we are skipping most traditions (no wedding dance, no bouquet toss, no bridal party, simple ceremony), so for us it just seems logical. We just want people to eat, drink and dance. We’re looking at it like just a fancy party.

Post # 29
100 posts
Blushing bee

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theta363:  Haha I’m the same as you. I’m kind of sentimental and I always enjoy the speeches (as long as they aren’t overly lengthy). 

Post # 30
73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I wanted to skip all speeches but my Dad insisted on saying a few words, lol. It was pretty short and sweet and that was the only speech we had! Our best man and maid of honor let us know they weren’t comfortable giving speeches and that was fine with me. I definitely didn’t want to force anyone to do anything they didn’t want to. I definitely don’t think anyone would miss the speeches!

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