Traditionally, for a typical English wedding, the speeches happen at the end of the meal in the order of
• Father/Relative of the bride
• Best man
But nowadays there are many variations of this relating to cultural, comfort and customised considerations. Scope to vary speeches includes:
• Having speeches before the meal so that speakers get to relax and enjoy eating
• Broken up through the meal so that guests aren’t sat waiting
• Brides Mum wants to say a few words
• Bride wants to say her thank you’s
• Other guests (American-style) stand up to make their contribution
• Scandinavian guests bring presents and personally give them to the couple at this juncture
What follows is the more traditional element –
The father of the bride
• Thanks the guests for coming
• Says a few heartwarming words about his daughter and welcomes the groom into the family
• Proposes a toast to the happy couple
• Thanks the father of the bride for his wedding speech (and the parents for the wedding, if appropriate) and the toast
• Explains how happy he is to be married to his beautiful new wife
• Proposes a toast to the ‘beautiful bridesmaids’ and thanks the groomsmen etc.
• Gives out any thank you bouquets or presents.
The best man/ or woman
• Comments on the day so far
• Says a few words about the Groom (not always the most flattering)
• Calls for the bride and groom to cut the cake.
• Announces what happens next.