This is your ultimate guide to the running order of speeches.
When it comes to your wedding day, it’s important to know who speaks when. So we’ve got a full breakdown of the running order for you right here.
What’s the traditional wedding speech running order? Who introduces each speaker? Who toasts the bridesmaids? As you can probably imagine, there’s a lot more to delivering a wedding speech than planning what you want to say.
But it’s actually becoming a lot more common for the bride and groom to create their own running order to suit their particular situation. It might be that a bride’s father is absent, for example, or the bride herself may want to speak.
So, before you read the traditional wedding speech running order below, remember that you can rejig it if you want to. This is purely a loose guide, here for your knowledge and information.
It’s very common for the groom to speak first, especially if the bride and groom are planning the wedding.
If the father-of-the-bride is not present, someone else might speak in his place. This could be a friend of the family, a bridesmaid, or the bride herself.
Of course, as the roles change, so does the content of the speeches. But it doesn’t have to be confusing. As long as you are familiar with your particular running order, it’ll be fine.
Traditionally, the father-of-the-bride speaks first. He usually does the following in his speech:
The groom then follows, who responds to the father-of-the-bride’s toast. In his speech, he will also:
The best man then responds to the groom’s toast. Traditionally he should talk about:
When the groom is planning and writing his speech, he may want to ask the following about the wedding speech running order:
Once the groom has found out the answers to these questions, he can shape his speech around them. For instance, if the bride’s father has previously passed away, he can use that as a link to a toast to absent friends.
If the bride is speaking last, after the groom, he could joke about her always having the last word. And if the best man is speaking before the groom, it might be better for him to toast the bridesmaids instead.
Occasionally, the content of wedding speeches can overlap. In order to avoid this on your big day, the groom should check with the father-of-the-bride and best man to make sure they’re all planning to tell different anecdotes.
There are lots of possibilities, so have some fun with them! Just make sure you know your place in the wedding speech running order and everything will run smoothly.
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