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Keep or Cancel: Reception Speeches?

Lynnie, on July 16, 2019 at 11:05 AM Posted in Wedding Reception 1 199
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Reception toasts from your father, maid of honor, and best man can be incredibly moving and bring everyone to happy tears! 馃槶 That is, when the speeches are done well! On the other hand, they can also be awkward, embarrassing, and totally cringe-worthy when done poorly.

What's your vote? Should we put everyone out of their misery and cancel reception speeches? Or keep this personal and emotional toast tradition?


Keep or Cancel: Reception Speeches? 1

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199 Comments

  • Melle
    Rockstar June 2019
    Melle
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    Kept it!
    It was nice to hear what our maid of honor and best man had to say
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  • Caytlyn
    Legend November 2019
    Caytlyn
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    Keep. As a guest, I love the speeches.
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  • Kelsey
    VIP September 2020
    Kelsey
    • Flag

    Keep! I think they are funny and show the bride and grooms personality that their best friends get to see.

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  • Allie
    Master August 2019
    Allie
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    Cancel. I'm hoping we don't have any other than a short welcome and blessing.

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  • Erin
    Super June 2021
    Erin
    • Flag
    Keep.
    I love the personal touch of hearing what the people who love us the most have to say.
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  • Monique
    Rockstar December 2019
    Monique
    • Flag
    Keep, we won鈥檛 be opening it at the end to if anyone has anything they would like to say though. I saw This done at another wedding and it made me cringe.
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  • Jessica
    VIP September 2020
    Jessica
    • Flag
    Undecided. We鈥檒l see if your MOH and BM want to say anything. It would be inappropriate for my dad to give a toast, but my FH鈥檚 鈥渁doptive鈥 parents might want to say something since we鈥檙e close with them.
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  • Stevi
    Beginner October 2019
    Stevi
    • Flag

    Cancel. They are too unpredictable, and some can go on forever!!! Everyone knows that my MOH is my sister and BF and we have stories, not everyone needs to hear them

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  • Brooke
    Expert November 2019
    Brooke
    • Flag

    Keep!! I feel like this is such a nice and sentimental part of the wedding, and can add some humor as well. Also gives the guests a little more insight on the bride/groom

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  • Erin
    Expert May 2020
    Erin
    • Flag

    Cancel! We aren't going to ask anyone to speak so that everyone can just enjoy the night.

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  • Martika
    Expert September 2019
    Martika
    • Flag

    Not sure about this one. I like the idea, but not sure if MOH or BM would want to do one. I know my dad probably won't want to.

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  • Brianna N
    Super October 2019
    Brianna N
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    Not sure yet! We are going to ask our BM and MOH if they'd like to, but we won't make them if they don't. Fh's father passed away and mine isn't in the picture so we won't have that.

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  • Jen
    Super May 2018
    Jen
    • Flag

    Keep. I love to hear what the BM and MOH have to say about the bride and groom.

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  • Becca
    Super August 2019
    Becca
    • Flag
    Keep. We havent formally asked them yet tho....but we probably should since we are about 25 days out lol
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  • FutureMrsC
    Expert October 2019
    FutureMrsC
    • Flag

    I would love to cancel this one due to language barriers but am undecided.

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  • Mandi
    VIP March 2020
    Mandi
    • Flag
    I'd love to cancel this. But I dont think it will happen.
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  • SraDeCarrillo
    Super August 2019
    SraDeCarrillo
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    Cancel. We have no bridal party and haven鈥檛 asked anyone to speak. With that said, someone might give an impromptu speech anyway. Either way its okay by us.

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  • Nicole
    Super July 2020
    Nicole
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    I'm sure we'll be keeping them, but I definitely want them short and sweet. I was at a wedding this past weekend where speeches (and there were only 3!) took 30 minutes. It was way too much and caused dinner to last almost 2 hours. As a guest who only knew the bride, it was hard to stay attentive while the FOB went on and on about memories with other guests in attendance.

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  • Laura
    Rockstar October 2019
    Laura
    • Flag

    Keep it. I'm sure his best man will want to say something. I don't know about anyone else, but i'm game to hear it

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  • Selena
    Super September 2019
    Selena
    • Flag
    Keep, this is actually the only "tradition" on this list we are keeping.
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