(Closed) Length of Toasts/speeches

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: How long is the perfect FOTB speech?
    1-5 mins : (23 votes)
    82 %
    5-10 min : (5 votes)
    18 %
    10-15 mins : (0 votes)
    longer than 15 mins? : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    3267 posts
    Sugar bee

    1-3 minutes.  Honestly, more then that I as a guest I stop listening. Especially if there are multiple speeches.  I think in total all the “boring” parts shouldn’t last more then 10 minutes..


    Post # 4
    901 posts
    Busy bee

    Keep it SHORT. Under 5 minutes, definitely! Preferably under 3!

    No one will be listening to a 20 minute long speech.

    Post # 5
    1326 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Were planning on 10 minutes for all the speeches combined. You really can say alot in a few minutes. My family and bridal party aren’t big talkers anyways, and were all an emotional bunch so it’s best to keep it short and sweet. I asked everyone who is making speeches what their preferance was, and they all only wanted to speak for a few minutes, so we were all on the same page anyways.

    Post # 7
    10453 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    No more than about 2 minutes I think. Any more is getting loooong.

    Oops didn’t see your reply. If that’s the norm and your guests won’t be bored because they’re used to it, go for it. You’re right though – it’s just shorter here. 

    Post # 8
    279 posts
    Helper bee

    I think speeches should be under 5 minutes per person. I’m planning on asking to have the speeches kept to about 2 minutes at my wedding. I worked at a wedding venue for 3 years and I would often hear guests complaining about the speeches dragging on and being boring. We had speeches go for about an hour on a few occassions, and people were not happy being stuck in their seats that long. They just want to get on to the dancing and drinking part of the evening.

    Post # 9
    989 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I’ve asked everyone to keep speeches to under 3-4 minutes.  That’s way more than enough time IMO.

    Post # 11
    2622 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    My dads was probably about 10-15 minutes (maybe a bit longer) and even I thought that was too long. I was getting uncomfortable for the guests

    Post # 12
    1866 posts
    Buzzing bee

    20 minutes?!!  That’s so long.  I mean honestly what can you even say in 20 minutes that’s not repeating yourself.  I think under 5 minutes is ideal!  People are going to get bored and stop paying attention, sadly!

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