Speeches and the cutting of the cake are at the heart of the reception and traditionally take place in the following order:

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Champagne or Buck's Fizz will be passed around to all guests.

The first speech is given by the bride's father, godfather, family friend or relation. This speech introduces the bride to the groom's family, usually with praise and tender memories and ends with a toast to the couple.

The bridegroom then makes his speech, ending by thanking the guests for attending, and proposing a toast to the attendants.

The best man's speech introduces the groom to the bride's family. This speech is expected to contain funny stories about the groom. He also reads out any cards or telegrams from absent friends.

The cutting of the cake is then announced by the toastmaster or best man. The couple make the first cut together, then the cake is taken away to be sliced, before being handed out to the guests.