Great Ideas on the Content of Wedding Speeches
Are you preparing to deliver a speech at a wedding reception and not sure what to say?
Wedding speeches are very important and the format and content of the wedding speech need to be meticulously planned out.
The good news is that traditional wedding speeches tend to follow a set order and the content of each speech is largely predetermined. Here are some great ideas on the content of the wedding speeches.
1. Toast to the Bride and Groom
The bride’s father or a close family friend usually gives this speech. This speech sets the tone for the other speeches and is a great opportunity to say a few words about the bride. The best man also takes the opportunity to say a few words about the groom.
The speech normally includes a welcome to the guests, compliments, and praises for his daughter, a welcome to the new son-in-law and his parents, wishing the couple well for their future together and lastly a toast to the health and happiness of the bride and groom.
2. The Groom’s Speech
Traditionally the groom replies on behalf of the bride and normally starts by thanking the father of the bride or the first speaker for his speech and he’s toast.
He then says something about how happy he is and compliments his new wife, thanking the bride’s parents for producing such a beautiful daughter and for bringing her up so well.
This is usually followed by a declaration of his love for the bride, thanking the guests and all who had a part to play towards the wedding, thanking the best man and the ushers as well as the bridesmaids. He may also toast to the bridesmaids and the hosts.
3. The Best Man’s Speech
The best man’s speech is regarded by many people as the highlight of all the speeches as he replies on behalf of the bridesmaids, His role is to thank the groom for his toast to the bridesmaids and he also has the opportunity to tell some funny and appropriate stories about the groom and his past.
He personally congratulates the groom on his choice of the bride and concludes his speech by reading key messages from absent friends and relatives. He ends his wedding speech with a final toast to the happy couple.
Nowadays, the bride, and sometimes the bridesmaid/maid of honor, can also get to say few words and usually these toasts come between the groom and best man.
The longer speeches might continue with the toast to the parents of the bride and groom and responses by the parents of the bride and groom, respectively.
Then the Master of Ceremonies finally winds up the wedding speeches by thanking all those who made a special contribution to the wedding.
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