(Closed) Who gives toasts at the rehearsal dinner?

posted 8 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My understanding is that generally it is just the bride and groom who say something, basically a “thank you” for everyone’s help.  That’s typically when the bridal party gifts are handed out.

But if others want to say something, I don’t see any reason why they can’t.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Typically the bride and groom but I think the rehearsal dinner is a good time for other people to give toasts that will not be doing so at the wedding. For example maybe a brother who is not the best man (brides brother?) or maybe a best friend giving well wishes. Its better to have some unnecessary speeches at the rehearsal dinner than at the wedding!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

At my rehearsal dinner just my husband and I spoke.  His parents hosted but didn’t want to do a toast (they don’t like to be the center of attention at all).  At my brother’s rehearsal dinner the bride and groom spoke, the best man did a toast, and my dad (who was hosting with my mom) did a toast.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’ve been to a few where anyone who wants to can speak.  I’m not a fan of handing around the mic at the wedding…so scary!  I’m only letting my Maid/Matron of Honor and the Bridesmaid or Best Man speak.  I told my Dad he can talk at the Rehearsal. The rehearsal is really just those closest to you so I feel they should be able to say something if they want to.  At my BMs wedding about 6 people spoke.  It was really emotional and personal and didn’t take too long.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think it is traditional for the host to speak and for the bride and groom to make some sort of “thank you” toast.  (I have also seen people do this at the wedding, but I kind of like the idea of doing it at the RD).  I have also seen people do more a “Quaker wedding” deal at the Rehearsal Dinner – where anyone who wants to can say something about the B&G (of course, you have to be willing to take some roasting, too).

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