Each wedding is different and as speech tradition changes, different members of the wedding parties are addressing the guests. It is now common place for parents, siblings and even close friends to offer a toast to the newlyweds.
Given that speech time is coming down it may seem strange that literally everyone wants an input. It is perhaps an insight towards the popularity of the couple that people will want to add their praise.
Here is our summary of Wedding Speech Etiquette to help keep your big day with tradition. Don’t forget, our list of articles offers a great insight into producing a relevant and appropriate Wedding Toasts.
Friends and Family
Often in the role of Maid of Honor, a friend can lead the lifting of glasses and express their delight at the new marriage of their friend. It is becoming increasingly popular for brothers and sisters of the wedding party to write wedding speeches.
How can you give a Toast?
At the end of the day, the Bride and Groom decide who can speak at their wedding. I attended a wedding last year where a group of joint friends had agreed behind the scenes to propose an additional toast which featured a video presentation of friends that could not be there from Australia. It was a nice touch but not a common format.
If you would like to give a Toast and feel you have a genuine reason to do, talk to the Bride and Groom. If there is a rehearsal meal then it is important that you attend for a run through and the order of speeches.
When giving a wedding speech remember to remain sober prior to your delivery and avoid subjects such as former partners that could friction.
When the day comes and you are designated to give a speech, do not get carried away and stick a strict time limit. Prepare in advance so you can perform to your best.