Speeches in general

An important part of every wedding are the speeches. They should be brief, sincere and to the point. Its best to have them between the starter and the main course and guests who aren’t starving and have a drink in the hand make the most receptive audience. Personal tidbits about the happy couple are invaluable, but guests do not want to be exposed to embarrassing detail. Keep it light but meaningful. A joke now and then is appropriate, keep it clean if you don't know the audience.

The Groom

  • Rule no 1: Compliments to the bride! She is the most important and needs to feel that way by being publicly acknowledged. Don’t be shy, you love this woman, get in touch with your feminine side and gush about your love for her.
  • Rule no 2: Take note of everybody involved in planning the wedding to thank everyone personally, do not forget one name!
  • Rule no 3: Thank the bride’s parents for their daughter, now is the time to make a good impression, if you haven't already.
  • Rule no 4: Thank your own parents. They will be feeling rather neglected by now and they need to know that they are still important to you both.
  • Rule no 5: Thank the guests for celebrating this day with you and for the gifts.
  • Rule no 6: Thank the bridal attendants and propose a toast to them for all they have done.

Master of Ceremonies

This is an important role in a wedding ceremony, as the master of ceremonies needs to make the guests feel at home and comfortable - possibly by getting to know everyone. The master of ceremonies sets the mood for the reception. He or she should, ideally, have a good sense of humour. They introduce the other speakers, proposes the first toast to the happy couple and thanks everybody involved in the planning of the wedding and finally introduces the bride’s father, or old family friend, who then proposes a toast to the bride and groom.


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