Planning your wedding reception? You'll need to verse yourself with the traditional wedding speech order. Speeches are a huge part of any wedding: we've definitely been known to leave a the table with an aching stomach and teary eyes. Speeches usually take place at the reception and are traditionally held after the meal has finished. But, splitting each speech between a course of the wedding breakfast can be a perfect way to break them up and prevent the dreaded 'speech fatigue' - and let's you get onto your pudding!

Catherine Gratwicke

Below is the traditional wedding speech order at a reception. 

1. The father of the bride

The first wedding speech is given by the father of the bride. Traditionally, he will begin by thanking the guests for attending the wedding and gathering in celebration, will honour his daughter (the bride!) and welcome the groom into his family. It's also a prime opportunity to include stories from the bride's childhood that reveal her character traits from a young age - or any moments of pure hilarity! The father of the bride will finish with a toast to the bride and groom.

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2. The groom

The second person to make a speech at a wedding reception is the groom. If your groom is a little nervous, he's in luck: belly laughs are not usually required here. A few well-chosen words about how he met the bride, their relationship, and his decision to make her his wife are what the guests want to hear. Tissues at the ready! Traditionally, the groom's speech finishes with a toast to the bridesmaids. 

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3. The best man

The final person to speak traditionally is the best man. He begins by responding to the groom on behalf of the bridesmaids, then proceeds to toast the newly married couple. Usually this is the point where stories (funny, heartwarming, or otherwise) about the groom are shared. Finally, the best man finishes with a toast to the couple. 

While this is the traditional wedding speech order, rules were absolutely made for breaking, right? Speeches from brides, maids of honour, and even mothers of the bride get a big tick from us. After all, it is 2017...