Weddings can be stressful, and for some people, public speaking is a part of that stress. Trying to plan what to say and how to deliver the speech can be a little overwhelming to think about for those that will be speaking, but it is important to remember that you will be speaking in front of friends and family and they are not there to judge. So who speaks, what should they talk about and overall, what should you expect? Here’s our helpful guide to wedding speeches.
The Father of the Bride
Traditionally, the father of the bride is first to speak during wedding speeches. This can be changed, depending on the dynamic of the family getting married and the desires of the bride and groom on their wedding day helpful hints. It is the father of the bride’s job to formally welcome all of the guests to the wedding before talking to the couple, giving any advice, telling a story or making a joke, depending on the fathers approach and personality. The speech ends with a toast to the happy couple before inviting the groom up to speak.
The Best Man
The best man’s speech rounds out the three traditional wedding speeches, and he usually speaks about the groom, how they met and then speaks about the bride and groom together. Gentle teasing is alright but it should be in good taste as family members will be in attendance. If you are concerned that the best man may something off color, give him a guide to how speeches usually go and remind him to keep it family friendly. His speech should finish off by requesting everyone toast to the couple.
The groom sometimes speaks alone, or invites his new bride to stand by his side while he gives the speech. After thanking the first speaker, his speech should be focused on his new wife. His speech can include topics such as their future together, a story of how the two met or something else. He should conclude by thanking friends and family in attendance, especially those that helped plan the wedding, preferably by name.