Post # 1
I am more of a casual bride and I think that doing toasts/speeches during dinner are a waste of time because I paid all this money for the food to be hot not cold. I hired a videographer and instead of doing the toasts during dinner, they can do like a “video good wishing booth” so that people who want to do them can in their own time and I can see it on the wedding dvd.
Post # 3
If you don’t want toasts or speeches, no need to do them. I think the video wishing booth would be a great alternative bc you can hear everyone’s words without having it drag through the reception. If you decide for speeches/toasts just ask that they be limited to under 2 minutes to keep things flowing.
Post # 4
I don’t think you should do them if you don’t want them. That’s just general advice for anything on your wedding. I personally like the speeches because it gives the bride and groom a chance to say a formal Thank You to all the guests, and you kind of need another toast/speech or two to keep the bride/groom speech from sounding too much like a business dinner. Our only rule is 90 seconds or less.
Post # 5
We didn’t have any and we don’t regret but we do have well wishes from people on our video.