(Closed) Have you ever been to a wedding where a bad toast/speech was given?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 76
321 posts
Helper bee

I have been to many, many weddings, and every speech I’ve ever heard was terrible. I think the majority of guets just view them as an ordeal to be endured… Plus unless you are having your reception in a concert venue, the sound system is usually so bad that you can hardly hear it. Whistling microphones are the worst!

Post # 77
258 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I just went to a wedding 2 weeks ago where the mother of the bride decided to give a speech. Not only did she talk about how much her daughter was a pain in the butt, she also mentioned that her daughter never liked kids or wanted any. This wouldn’t be a big issue except the groom had 2 children from a previous relationship, the mother then said that her daughter loved the groom enough to accept the children (still not a good thing to say). It was super awkward. I do get where the mother of the bride was coming from though about being a pain in the butt. After the first dance the bride ran off to cry because she wasn’t happy with the grooms reaction to the first dance. I don’t give their marriage very long…

Post # 78
124 posts
Blushing bee

Last wedding I went to…the best man said “I always thought *groom* would marry his right hand. 


The entire place went ghost white and silent.

Post # 79
1990 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - Sussex, UK

I’ve heard the upper hand one so many times I’m going to ask my FI’S best man not to use it. 

Post # 80
1256 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

At my sister’s wedding my dad just kind of rambled for 5 minutes.  It was particularly odd because he’s an attorney and he’s well-spoken and funny usually. I think a speech should really be more of a toast and shouldn’t last more than two minutes. Introduce, say something nice about the couple, thank the guests for coming, tell a sweet story and then raise your glass.  Insert a short joke in there somewhere for a max of 2.5 minutes.

Post # 81
5046 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2016

At my cousin’s wedding, her Father spent a solid 20 minutes talking about purity, laying with your spouse, and two becoming one in detail. My mother is very religious and thought it was grossly inappropriate. I was happy to not to have been there!

Post # 82
1399 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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EllyAnne:  THANK YOU!

I was just saying on another thread how ticked I was when my teenage brother in law busted that one out during his best man speech.

Maybe it wouldn’t have been as bad if his family wasn’t constantly making me out to be the bad guy for “forcing” DH to move away (he moved a year before I met him, btw), but I just think that joke should go extinct.

Post # 83
44 posts
  • Wedding: April 2016

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aussiemum1248:  Indeed! One of the few times I can honestly say “It was as bad as it sounds” 

Post # 84
5387 posts
Bee Keeper

Yes! Not sure how much alcohol the best man had but he was talking about how generous the groom (my cousin) has been to him all his life. For example, he lets him stay over his house whenever he (the best man) needed a place to stay even though it meant that sometimes he had sleepless nights because he can hear the bride and groom “go at it all night”!

Post # 85
640 posts
Busy bee

My parents went to a wedding for their friend’s daughter. The best man called the bride by the wrong name.

The bride and the groom’s former long term girlfriend had names that started with the same first letter (like Katie and Kelsey) and the best man used the ex girlfriend’s name instead at the very end when everyone was lifting their glasses for the actual toast. My mom said a lot of people didn’t catch it, but those that did almost choked on their champagne.

Post # 86
358 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

It wasn’t a speech but many years ago I went to a wedding where some girl got up and sang that Jewel song Foolish Games.  She had a nice voice but it was definitely a weird choice of songs.

Post # 87
376 posts
Helper bee

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SamanthaLovesJames:  Yes, and I felt so bad for the bride and groom, but moreso the grooms parents because their faces said it all. The maid of honor (brides sister) began her speech and toast to the couple but was so drunk and high that she could barely stand up! We know she was high because she said so during the speech after she took a little spell but caught herself… 😁🙅🏼 

Post # 88
1117 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Yes! I was in a wedding in August where the father of the groom gave a really awful speech. The bride and groom had actually been married for 6 months, and the father of the groom started his speechby saying “I haven’t gotten to know bride” in a tone that CLEARLY said he didn’t want to and was upset that his son married her. Then he went on for a full twenty minutes about all of the cars  and machines that his son has fixed. He said literally nothing about his son other than describing things that he fixed. It was so sad that he was so out of touch with his own child.

Post # 89
2368 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: NJ

When I was an Maid/Matron of Honor years ago, I thought the BM’s speech was unimpressive. All it was, “l would like to wish B & G a long life filled with health and happiness” and everyone raised their glasses.

But after reading these toast atrocties, that sounds like they got off easy!

Post # 90
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Yes and I was the culprit. I was chosen as Maid/Matron of Honor for one of my close friends from high school. A bit of backstory we were close in high school but after graduation didn’t speak at all. Then she got engaged and out of blue she wanted to hang out. This was about 3 years after graduation. We of course liked each other’s stuff on FB and such still but never actually hung out. Well she asked me to be her Maid/Matron of Honor, because at this point I have been Maid/Matron of Honor for 3 other weddings so I was experienced think 27 dresses situation. I have no clue why I’m such a popular MOH!

Anyways I did my usual Maid/Matron of Honor duties. And did a fantastic job. But for some reason I completely forgot to plan a speech!!! So there I was the day of the wedding and they ask if I had a speech prepared. Well nope, and I really didn’t have any stories to fall back on because we weren’t really that close. So when I was passes the mic I said. “I am so happy to get to experience this day with you Jess, CONGRATS TO THE BRIDE AND GROOM!” Forced clapping happen around the room. Then her best friend took the mic (who she should have chosen to be her Maid/Matron of Honor and had this beautiful speech prepared) there were tears and everything. The bride wasn’t too upset at me, because it could have been worse. But I felt the judgy stares coming from all over the room.  

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