Your wedding reception is exactly that – YOUR wedding reception is up to you. Don’t feel pressure to stick to a traditional wedding speech order if that is not what you want to do.
Choose the people from your wedding party who you think would be happy to give a wedding speech and who would add the most to your wedding celebration.
Speeches are personal – and can come from anyone in your wedding party. From the bride’s family, the groom’s family, bridesmaids, the maid of honour, the best man, family friends, mother of the bride, father of the bride, and indeed the groom or the bride – anyone can give a wedding speech.
Choose what is best for your wedding day and don’t feel pressured to follow the tradition of most weddings. If the traditional wedding speech order works for you that’s great! If not then mix up the wedding speech order, who gives a wedding speech or a simple wedding toast.
A great speech can make a wedding – so the most important thing to remember when wedding planning and choosing who will give a speech is to choose people in your wedding party who are happy and comfortable to give a speech.
Not every best man wants to stand up and address the room with anecdotes about the groom – they may feel more comfortable to give a brief best man speech and let the maid of honour regale the room with tales of their friendship with the bride!
Equally, it may be you find the mother of the bride, rather than the father of the bride would be more suited to giving a wedding speech.
It’s your day – follow the traditional wedding speech order or do it in your own unique style.
Above all, relax and have the most wonderful wedding reception that’s perfect for you and your wedding party!