(Closed) Order of Speeches at Reception?

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: Who should give the first toast at the reception?
    Best Man : (5 votes)
    21 %
    Father of the Bride : (13 votes)
    54 %
    Father of the Groom : (2 votes)
    8 %
    Maid of Honor : (0 votes)
    It Doesn't Matter (Please Explain Below) : (4 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 3
    855 posts
    Busy bee

    I would actually say the couple start it off!

    In the UK we typically have Groom, Father of the Bride then finish with the Best Man.

    Post # 4
    2324 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I’m used to the following order:

    father of the ggroom

    father of the bride

    maid of honour

    best man


    Post # 5
    2529 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Traditionally it starts off with the father of the bride making his speech and then toasting the bride and groom. The groom then thanks his new Father-In-Law on behalf of him and his bride and does his speech finishing with his toast to the bridesmaids. The best man responds by thanking the groom for toasting the ladies and then after his speech he “re-toasts” the happy couple!

    Post # 7
    7642 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @FromA2B2013:  Correct – traditional order is FOB, Groom, Best Man. At least in the UK (and countries like Australia who borrow UK traditions) and parts of North America,

    @ellie-b:  Personally I would suggest replacing Best Man with Father of the Groom then.

    Post # 8
    9216 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    at our wedding:

    mother of bride is giving welcome speech (she is the host of the wedding)

    maid of honor makes toasts

    best man makes toats

    later in the evening, bride and groom will speak


    Post # 9
    10452 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I vote do whatever you want. Ours will be MOH/BM, then parents, then us.

    Post # 10
    199 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    father of the bride is deceased, Mother of groom paid for wedding along with the two of us.  Father of the groom is the best man.  My uncle will be walking me down the isle, though we are not close, so would he take the place of the father of the bride in the toast order?  would the groom thank his mother then?  Would she toast?


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