In this blog, we will discuss how and when to do a wedding speech, along with some tips to make your speech memorable and engaging.
When to do a wedding speech?
The timing of wedding speeches varies depending on cultural and religious traditions, as well as personal preferences. However, in most Western cultures, the speeches are traditionally done during the wedding reception, after the meal has been served, and before the dancing and partying begins.
At Hendall, we love the fact that couples do not always want to do things the traditional way and often see speeches done at the beginning of the meal or scattered in-between courses.
Things to consider
If you have speakers that are nervous, you may want to consider letting them do their speech before the meal. Glasses can then be ready for toasts as guests take their seats, but ensure you know the length of the speeches so your food is ready to arrive as the speeches end. If you have speakers that are particular confident, they may prefer a longer slot after the meal or to be done out on the terrace following the meal alongside tea and coffee. While there is no right or wrong way to do the speeches, the traditional order of speeches is as follows:
1. Father of the bride/groom speech – welcoming the guests, thanking them for coming, and talking about the newlyweds.
2. The groom’s speech – thanking the bride’s family, thanking his own family, and saying something about his new wife.
3. The best man’s speech – usually the most entertaining and humorous speech of the evening, highlighting the groom’s qualities, and possibly including embarrassing anecdotes.
4. Maid of Honour’s speech – similar to the best man’s speech but about the bride instead of the groom.
5. Toasts – often given by the parents of the bride and groom, as well as other important family members and friends.