Wedding Reception SpeechesAt a wedding everyone looks forward to the wedding reception speeches, particularly the best mans speech, as this is a chance for everyone to see the real character of the groom and have a laugh at his expense.
But does the order of wedding reception speeches really make a difference?
Our view is there is an official order, but it is your day so do what best suits your day.
Wedding speeches should not be too long, or your audience will get bored, they should be highly personalised. In other words going and Googling "Wedding Reception Speeches", "Order Wedding Speeches", "Funny Wedding Reception Speeches", Sample Wedding Reception Speeches or any other derivate should just be your source of information.
Cutting and pasting a speech together from these source will only give you a wedding reception speech that does not flow and demonstrates how little thought you have actually put in.
The number of times we have been to a wedding only to hear the same tired jokes is unbelievable!
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Ideally everyone should have run through their speech and timed it. You need to be very clear that there is a timetable you are trying to stick to and if any one fancies a career on the stage as an act this is not the latest round of the X-factor auditions.
Officially, the order of speeches is as follows:
1. the bride's father's speech,
2. the bridegroom's speech
3. the best man's speech.
The speeches can be initiated by either a toastmaster if you have one or the best man, who should ask for the bride's father to deliver a speech of 'health and happiness to the bride and bridegroom'.
The brides farther would normally welcome the groom's parents, relatives of both families any other guests and welcome the groom to his family and say a few words about his daughter, her past achievements and how proud she has made him and his wife..
The bridegroom replies on behalf of himself and his bride, taking the opportunity to thank his parents and talk about his love for his bride, and thank all those present for their attendance and gifts. Often the groom will include some details of how the couple met and how their lives have developed together in his speech.
The grooms final duty in his speech is thanking the bridesmaids and proposing a toast to them. Often small gifts are given out at this stage to the bridesmaid, flowers to each of the mothers and gifts to anyone else who has played a significant role in helping in the planning and preparation of the wedding day.
The final speech is usually that of the best man and this is the one most awaited by the wedding guests. It is the best mans duty to respond to the toast on behalf of the bridesmaid. It is traditional for the best man then to deliver a highly amusing speech regaling the audience with some of the grooms past experiences and embarrassing moments. The batsman's speech should be carefully crafted to be witty and warm up the wedding guests for the evening reception.
Although the above order of speeches is fairly traditional it does not have to be stuck to, after all it is your wedding. Some couples prefer to get all the speeches out of the way before the wedding breakfast so everyone can relax and enjoy the rest of the day.
It is really up to you so order the wedding speeches the way that best fits you day.
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