No wedding day is complete without the traditional laughter and tears shared during the wedding speeches from some of the members of the bridal party. Playing an integral part of your special day, the standard traditional order of speeches is as follows:
The Father of the Bride begins by toasting his daughter, the bride, and his new son in law, the groom, before talking about his daughter from her childhood to today and not forgetting how radiant she looks in her wedding dress! Like all speeches it usually includes a good measure of love and affectionate and some humour too.
The Groom replies on behalf of himself and his new wife, although it is becoming more common for brides to make a speech of their own nowadays, and toasts the bridesmaids. Before distributing various gifts to the bridal party he thanks those that were involved with the planning and preparation of the wedding day. Of course he then tells everyone all about his new wife and their plans for their future together. If a bride was opting to make a speech she would normally do so after the groom. It makes sense as they are going to be saying very similar things to have worked together when writing them so they co-ordinate and are not too repetitive.
Now it’s the turn of the Best Man to make his highly anticipated speech. He usually starts by replying on behalf of the bridesmaids and then may go on to read out e-mails and cards including any other messages from those they were unable to attend, before talking about the groom and his history, be it good and of course not forgetting a bit of the bad!