Wedding receptions are a lot of fun, but they are also
pretty emotional thanks to all the wedding toasts.
Generally, you will find the father of the bride speaks first. The wedding MC or the DJ will call on the
father of the bride at a pre-determined time during the reception. The father of
bride usually welcomes his new son in law to the family, talks about his
daughter, and welcomes the guests.
Next, the groom responds. He will thank his father in law for the kind words
and then thank his own parents for their help in his life. He thanks his wife
for marrying him and he also toasts the bridesmaids.
Next up is the best man. In this speech, the best man is supposed to
entertain the guests, be funny, and emotional all at the same time.
At this point the maid of honor should give her toast. She should toast the
bride and groom, and the guests.
The guests may choose to toast after the bridal party has made their toasts.
This really depends on the wedding reception and how things are going. In some
instances, you can tell that it’s time to end the toasts and move on to
something else. In others, there are so many well wishers that want to say
something nice that you just have to let them.
The History of Wedding Toasts
Wedding toasts have been around for thousands of years. It has been common
for guests to speak at the wedding and wish the couple well forever,
practically! Of course, not all guests traditionally spoke because men were
really the only ones recognized in early days. But, as the world evolved so did
When it comes to toasting etiquette there are some things to keep in mind.
First, you need to keep the toasts short and sweet. Sure, it’s nice to have some
nice words and emotional moments, but in general toasts should be fast because
everyone wants to get back to dancing, drinking, and having fun!
Next, memorize your speech. If you are going to give a toast, take the time
to learn it or talk from the cuff. If you read from note cards it won’t sound
sincere, people won’t pay attention to you, and it won’t go as planned.
Another tip is that you should look people in the eye. When you are talking
about the bride, look at her. The same goes for when you are talking about the
groom, or the guests, or whoever. This is polite, it reinforces what you are
saying, and makes the toast more sincere.
These are just some tips to help you give wedding speeches in the best
possible way. Knowing what order to go in is great and knowing how to give the
best speech possible is important, too. The tips and information provided here
will likely help you out significantly when it comes time for a wedding or other