Cheers to the Bride and Groom

Cheers to the Bride and Groom

Posted on May 7, 2015 by barbie


Who toasts and when

The night before the wedding is open-mic night for sorority sisters, fraternity brothers, friends, and relatives to speak and tell stories.  The wedding reception is more formal, larger and much more diverse and only the VIPs speak.  The VIPs are the Father of the Bride, Best Man, Maid of Honor and Groom and they speak in that order.

Don’t wing it

Prepare a speech with a beginning, middle and end and practice it.  If you are prepared you will not ramble and you will be much more confident in presenting your speech.

Make it short and sweet

You should aim for three to five minutes at the most.  Guests won’t listen well to anything longer.

Limit the Storytelling

Many of the guests did not go to school with the bride or the groom.  Only tell a story if the majority of the audience can relate to it.

Engage the audience

Get the attention of the guests by saying, “You all know what I am talking about” or asking, “Am I right?”


Talk about the Couple

If you are the Best Man and the groom is your focus, be sure to include a story about the bride and the couple.  The Maid of Honor’s speech should be about the bride but be sure to include the groom and something romantic about the couple too.



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