Traditionally the three main toasts of the evening are given by the three people who are giving the speeches, the father of the bride, groom and best man.  The toast is a great way to end a speech letting the guests formally know you have finished but also giving them the opportunity to take part and say a few words themselves.

wedding speeches

If you’re not a big fan of giving speeches and have been asked to do so then a simple toast with a few words from the heart is just as acceptable and sometimes can be more emotionally powerful and touching.
If you wish to keep things traditional at your wedding there are a few rules when it comes to toasting as to who toasts who and in what order.

To start with it’s the father of the bride who makes the first toast, (if unfortunately he isn’t around for the wedding then another close family member should step in) this toast is to the bride and groom wishing them happiness together and good health.

The second toast is carried out by the groom, after his speech he should conclude with his toast wishing good health to the bridesmaids and thanking them for being there for his bride.

The third and final toast is the best mans speech, he should use his toast to signify the end of his (usually long) speech wishing both the parents of the bride and groom good health.

Who Will Make the Wedding Speeches?

There may be some family members that wish to make as speech out of the blue on the day, but don’t worry when it comes to wedding speeches there are no rules set in stone just make sure there isn’t too many or they last too long or your guests will be forever rising and sitting and most probably wishing for them to be over so they can get on with the night and enjoy themselves!

A good thing to remember for anybody making a toast is to try and make it as to the point as possible. If you ask everybody to raise there glasses and then start babbling on when it comes to being repeated it will most probably sound like a big muffle of voices that forgotten what they were supposed to be toasting rather then a clear, crisp toast.