(Closed) Who gives speeches?

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
7173 posts
Busy Beekeeper

Usually during the reception, it’s the host (father of the bride) and then the best man and the maid/matron of honor.  A speech from either the bride or groom is also appropriate, IMO.

During the rehearsal dinner, I’d say it’s the host again – so, traditionally, the father of the groom.

Post # 4
2015 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

It really depends, but usually the father of the bride will welcome everyone at the reception, then the best man, and the maid of honor last.

However, our parents didn’t technical host our wedding, and they weren’t comfortable giving any toasts, so we did one to all our guests during cocktail hour, and then we had our best man, Maid/Matron of Honor and finally, my uncle because he always cracks everyone up 🙂

During the rehearsal dinner, make a toast together, thanking everyone, and after that, if you’re not the hosts, the host should say something (our in-laws hosted the Rehearsal Dinner and they said a few words). If anyone else wants to toast, they will on their own 🙂

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