Our dear friend Rose Smith has several words of advice when you are facing the task of giving a wedding speech or wedding toast.
You’ve been asked to deliver a wedding speech or a wedding toast during the reception. Perhaps you’ve even been asked to be the Master of Ceremonies (emcee) and you have no idea where to begin. What’s a person to do? Here are some tips to help you get started.
The Difference Between a Toast and a Speech
A wedding toast is a short acknowledgement. Usually only a few lines are said, then everyone is asked to raise their glasses and drink a tribute. A wedding speech, on the other hand, is usually several minutes long and encompasses stories, accomplishments, etc. of the person (or group of people) being acknowledged.
The Order of Wedding Speeches
There is usually a certain order that is followed when giving wedding speeches. This is not written in stone and can be changed to suit the particular wedding party. First, the bride’s father or a good family friend gives a speech about the bride and groom, ending with a toast. The groom then stands up, thanks the speech maker and delivers his own speech on behalf of the bridesmaids and maid of honor. The best man then accepts the speech on behalf of the bridesmaids and thanks the groom. He then delivers a speech about the bride and groom’s parents. At the end of each speech, the current speaker also proposes a toast to that particular person or persons.
The above is just a general guideline. You can rearrange the order of speeches, have the bride make a speech, etc. There are many online resources to help you prepare a wedding speech or a wedding toast.
Two ebooks I recommend checking out are: Wedding Celebration Speeches and Wedding Celebration Toasts.