Wedding Speech Relaxed or Traditional

A wedding speech – the style of speeches you decide on having at your wedding reception can be many and varied.  Words of love, advice and support are found throughout your marriage ceremony and reception.   Heartfelt sentiments are a reflection of the speaker’s relationship with not just the Bride and Groom, but also with their families and friends.  Never forget fun can be included in a your speeches as it lends a lightness to the celebration.

Public speaking can be one of the most terrifying acts humans can contemplate, so never place pressure on a family member, friend or bridal party member to deliver a speech at your wedding reception.  Even the most seasoned public speaker may have trouble writing a wedding speech and may need help starting off writing the words that they want to share.  Never be afraid to ask your marriage celebrant if they can point your Best man or Maid of Honour in the right direction for some resources.

A relaxed and modern order of wedding reception speeches could follow along these lines

The best man opens with his speech and proposes a toast to the bridesmaids.

The Maid of Honour or Chief Bridesmaid proposes a toast to the Bride and Groom.

The Bride to propose a toast to the Bridal Party and thank them for their support.

The Groom to thank his Groomsmen and then propose a toast to both his and the Bride’s parents.

Parents of the Bride and Groom to respond.

A closing speech is to be made summing up the very special occasion that is being celebrated. This could be delivered by the Best man or a family member or friend.  Just make sure it is someone who’ll deliver a great speech and end the formalities on a high note as there is the old saying of “always leave them laughing”!  And never forget the absolute golden rule of a wedding speech and that is always commence before too many alcoholic drinks are consumed.  Dutch courage rarely leads to a successfully delivered speech.

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