Wedding toasts are such a special way to celebrate the newlyweds. There are typically a few key people who deliver speeches which we cover below, but ultimately the choice is yours!
Parents of the happy couple will usually kick off the toasts by welcoming guests to the reception. Traditionally the bride’s parents speak first with the groom’s parents to follow.
The Best Man and Maid of Honor
These toasts are timed best when dinner is being served. Tell your best man and maid of honor ahead of time that you would like them to make a speech so they have time to prepare. We also recommend giving them a time limit of 3-5 minutes to ensure the toasts don’t take up too much reception time.
It’s your day and what better way to celebrate than to toast yourselves! After dinner or during the cake cutting, take a few moments to thank your guests for coming and celebrating with you.
It’s up for you to decide who gets to speak at your wedding, just make sure you designate the speakers in advance. An open mic can lead to impromptu toasts that take up time and hinder the guest experience. Successful speeches require proper planning which is why we also recommend creating a schedule. Having a timeline will keep everyone on track so there is no confusion about who is speaking when.