Wedding & Function
Wedding & Function

Wedding Speeches

While most people dread making wedding speeches, a wedding speech usually adds to the overall entertainment and enjoyment of the wedding ceremony. Traditionally, wedding speeches were made by the Father-of-the-Bride, the Groom and the Best Man but today, it is becoming increasingly popular for many other people to say something – even Brides are making their own wedding speeches. 

Although the order of wedding speeches at a wedding is not cast in stone, it is generally as follows:

Master of Ceremony (MC)

- Ensures the smooth running of the reception by controlling the order of events.
- Introduces him / herself and calls for the guests’ attention.
- Announces the entrance of the Bride and Groom
- Ensures guests know how the meal will be served, any particular information about the venue and when the wedding speeches will be delivered.
- Introduces each speaker in turn.
- Toasts to the Bride and Groom or introduces the person who will do this.
- Announces the cutting of the cake, the first dance, throwing of bouquet and garter as well as when guests will leave the wedding reception.

Father-of-the-Bride (may delegate a close family friend or relation)

- Welcomes guests and thanks them for attending his daughter’s wedding.
- Toasts to the newlywed couple.
- Shares some memories about his daughter and just how proud he is of his daughter.
- Welcomes his new son-in-law and the groom’s parents into his family.
- Shares words of wisdom and well wishes to the couple.
- Toasts to the couple again at the end of his wedding speech.
- Introduces the groom – if the master of ceremonies doesn’t do so.

Groom (often the speech everyone is waiting for)

- Traditionally, speaks after the Father-of-the-Bride. (Nowadays, Best Man usually delivers his speech first and the Groom will give a final say).
- Thanks the Father-of-the-Bride for his kind words and toast.
- Thanks the guests for attending the wedding, particularly those from far away and the elderly who made a great effort to be there.
- Thanks the Bride’s parents for giving him their daughter in marriage.
- Compliments his lovely Bride and thanks her for marrying him.
- Pays tribute to his parents for any financial contributions and support during the wedding preparations.
- Acknowledges the wedding decor and everyone who helped beautify the venue – hosts, the Mother-of-the-Bride and anyone else who contributed.
- Thanks his Best Man and the groomsmen.
- Thanks the Maid of Honour and bridesmaids and proposes a toast to them
- Thanks everyone for their kind wishes, gifts and cards.
- Most modern grooms end their wedding speech by toasting to their Bride.
- Introduce the best man, if there is one.

Bride (may delegate Maid of Honour)

- Nowadays, it is not unusual for Brides to say a few words of thanks after the Groom.
- Must be brief so as not to shadow the Groom’s speech.

Best Man (everyone looks forward to this speech as it often humorously sketches the Groom’s character)

- Thanks the Groom for his toast.
- Thanks the Bride’s family for hosting the wedding reception.
- Wishes the newlyweds well for their future.
- Entertains the guests with tales about the Groom (without mentioning ex-girlfriends or other things that may offend guests).
- Talks briefly about the Bride and her appearance.
- Thanks the bridesmaids.
- Toasts to the parents of the newlyweds.
- Reads any cards or emails from absent relatives or close friends.
- Toasts to the new happy couple.