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Ive asked my uncle to be my MC,so Im just writing down a "schedule" of the reception so he knows what to do.
Im just wondering about speeches and what order they go in??
Its so old fashioned how people toast and respond,according to my wedding planning guide so just wondering how everyone did it at thier weddings?
We had a speech by the MC & a toast to the bride & groom. Then hubby & I both spoke, our Best Man & matron of honour also spoke, and my Dad & MIL. I think in that order...
We had FIL first, then my dad, then best man, then my sister (maid of honour), then my DH. My dh also did a toast to my cousin (the mc) once all the other speeches were finished. All of the speeches had a toast in them, to us and best man and dh also toasted to the bridesmaids.
We had all the speeches over and done with as soon as everyone sat down - against tradition I know, but we always thought that the most tedious part of a wedding and reception were the speeches, so we didn't want our guests to feel that way.
As soon as everyone was seated we had a speech from my Dad (toast to us), DH's Dad (toast to our families), Best man (who toasted the bridesmaids) and DH (toast to the bridal party)...that's it.
If you've ever been to a wedding it seems like everyone's just starting to relax, enjoy themselves and getting to know the people on their table when...sssshhh....quiet....speech time!
After everyone had spoken Father got up and said a prayer and then that was it...let the eating, drinking & partying begin!!
My BIL was our MC. he introduced the bridal party as we arrived at the reception. We then had speeches an hour later, he did a speech (was sooo funny) our best man, Justin and then everyone made me do a speech!
We made them simple and quick!
we are having my dad speak then df speech then his best man then the maid of honour
we both agree not to have FIL speak as he would say something rude
We are planning a non-traditional wedding. We have asked all the 'expected' people if they would like to make a speech, but we don't expect them to if they would rather not. We are 'opening the mic' up to anyone who wants to say a few words....with one condition...must be short and sweet.
I say, do what you want...out the window with 'tradition'.
We had speeches after the main meal - it was suggested to us that we do it then as the Kitchen didn't have to have to wait for the speeches to finish and then try and get the meals out still hot... so we ate did the speeches and then had dessert.
My BIL was MC he welcomed everyone, introduced us and the Bridal party, told them all our expectations of the night (that we wanted everyone to relax and that we encouraged people to mingle) then spoke a bit about how we met (payed us out basically). Then after the meal he intro'd the speakers... order was -
Me (I decided at the last minute to speak)
it prob was a lot of talking - my FIL crapped on for ages but i dont think people really minded as they had had a few drinks by that stage.
If there is one thing I do not want at my wedding, its bloody speeches.
That said, I do like hearing other people's speeches at weddings. They always look so uncomfortable, everyone hates public speaking, and that makes me laugh, god I'm mean.
But at ours, no thanks, especially not my Dad, he will say something stupid and I will want to kill him, so best not.
Do them when you like!!!
Honestly its not something you need to stress over!!!!!
I did ours through entree and got out of the way!!!! We also limited to number of speeches too......
at our wedding we didnt have speeches by any of the parents (i didnt trust them not to embarrass us) so it was just Hubby and then our best man said one.
it worked well for us as we only had a small wedding (about 40 people) and it would have been too much if everyone that is 'supposed' to give a speech did.
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