Just when you think the hiring, choosing, deciding and tasting was the tough part, now we move onto Reception Speeches
. If you have hired an On The Day Coordinator – happy days! They will talk you through and most likely manage this for you. If you haven’t, here is some help.
We believe no matter the type of wedding, casual, formal, low key, ballroom, 6 guests or 250 guests….speeches are an important and integral part of the formalities.
It’s also a very simple and lovely gesture to provide your parents, whether welcoming you into their family or handing you over so to speak.
The team here at Celebratzio recommend this order (you may or may not have these people available, no stress there….its just a suggestion)
-Father of the Bride (Welcome speech)
-Father and/or Mother of the Groom
-Mother of the Bride
-Maid of Honour
-Groom & or Bride
Because you’ve probably been to a wedding, therefore you understand nobody likes long boring speeches, and they generally occur right before party time. Short, sweet is the key. If you opt to open it to the floor, guests who love to chat, who’ve had a couple may all put their hand up. Your coordinator will discuss how many people you allow and manage this.
Lawrence Bernstein, a famed and popular Speech coach also gave us some tips.
- Who is speaking immediately before you? It might be the master of ceremonies, your father-in-law, or your bride.
- How will they finish their speech? This will help you plan your own introduction, by referencing what they’ve just said.
- Will they introduce you? Again, you’ll need to reference this at the beginning of your speech.
- What sort of tone will they use? You don’t want to drastically – jarringly – change the tone.
- How long will it be after their speech before you stand up?
- What will they be talking about?
Check out this video from a Grooms perspective