(Closed) Open mic toasts at the reception — delightful or disastrous?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
2416 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Here’s the hard truth. People don’t really like speeches. Seriously.

And people dislike long, never-ending tributes that go on for days….

I would pick a couple of people, maybe a few, to say some words and leave it at that.


Post # 4
3121 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’d do that at the rehearsal dinner.

Post # 5
1425 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I’ve never been to an open-mic reception for speeches. I think it does open itself for disorganization, possible lulls, and inappropriate behavior. Like the above poster said, ask a few people to see if they’re interested. If not, can your parents give a different speech at the reception? Or move their few words to the reception, instead, if you want speeches at the reception.

Post # 6
368 posts
Helper bee

@philodendron:  I think it’s a cute idea. Leading with some short, prepared speeches ought to help set the tone for other toasts – it will show guests the length you expect. You might want spread the word among your guests now, so that those who will want to make a toast can go ahead and prepare something – maybe ask your Maid/Matron of Honor or parents to get the word out. That might help them avoid rambling when it’s their turn!

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