Lynnie
WeddingWire Administrator October 2016

Keep or Cancel: Reception Speeches?

Lynnie, on July 16, 2019 at 11:05 AM

Posted in Wedding Reception 200

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...

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?


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200 Comments

  • Future Mrs. Polar Bear
    Super April 2019
    Future Mrs. Polar Bear
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    Cancel! Please Cancel!

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  • Christine
    Savvy July 2020
    Christine
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    Keeping I love the toast
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  • Chelsie
    Devoted May 2020
    Chelsie
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    Keep it. I cant wait to hear them.

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  • Katie
    Savvy September 2019
    Katie
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    We don't have a bridal party so no planned speeches but have allowed for 30min of "open mic" time during dinner and I'm sure some people will find something embarrassing to say lol
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  • Private User
    Beginner January 2019
    Private User
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    Keep! I think people more often than not speak from the heart and as long as you work on it, it will turn out exactly how its meant to!
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  • Denise
    Savvy September 2019
    Denise
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    My husband will welcome everyone and thank them for coming and my little sister who is my matron, wants to say something. But nothing else planned. My aunt will bless the food.
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  • Tara
    Savvy September 2019
    Tara
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    Keep. I think it is a way for the best friends (Maid of honor & Best Man) to tell other wedding guests what wonderful people the bride & groom are & what impacts they have made on each other鈥檚 lives. Plus some speeches are funny.
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  • Alexandria
    Just Said Yes January 2021
    Alexandria
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    Undecided, honestly

    If we do decided to keep it, only our parents, MOH and BM can speak if they want to. No passing the mic!

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  • C
    Savvy March 2020
    Chelsye
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    Keep. I like the idea of friends and family celebrating each other through speeches and fondly recalling funny stories.

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  • Destinee
    Savvy September 2019
    Destinee
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    Keeping. Though my dad thinks he's funny so we will see how that goes....

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  • Future Mrs. Polar Bear
    Super April 2019
    Future Mrs. Polar Bear
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    CANCEL! PLEASE PLEASE CANCEL!

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  • Samantha
    Savvy October 2020
    Samantha
    • Flag

    Keep. Our MOH and Best Man are both hilarious and amazing people and I can not wait to hear their speeches. I think the speeches are such an important part of a wedding because they add another personal element to the wedding. Plus, most people do them towards the end of dinner, so it's not like your interrupting anything, people are just eating.

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  • Destinee
    Savvy September 2019
    Destinee
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    We kept them, and they were absolutely lovely!! Adored the ones from the best man and maid of honor!


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  • Andrea
    Devoted October 2020
    Andrea
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    I think the speeches should be done. If there are any questions or concerns either address those prior or choose someone else. Since everyone views things differently, he/she may not think speaking about the previous spouse or S/O is inappropriate (although it's common sense), but I have seen it happen. So choose wisely and let them know ahead of time just in case of who or what not to speak of.

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  • Jillian
    Savvy April 2020
    Jillian
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    Keep!!! These are always so comical (for the most part).

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  • Jessica
    Devoted February 2020
    Jessica
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    Keep. I like that it makes the day even more personal.

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  • Ashley
    Expert November 2020
    Ashley
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    Keep. My sister/matron of honor, the best man, and my dad will be the only speeches.

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  • Denise
    Beginner March 2020
    Denise
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    Keep. My MOH and his BM will speak as well as my sister n law and his parents something short and sweet
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  • Kaysey
    Devoted February 2020
    Kaysey
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    Keep! We are only having the best men (my FH has 2) and my maid's of honor (also having 2) make speeches though.

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  • Sweet'N'Rhodes
    Devoted June 2021
    Sweet'N'Rhodes
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    Cancel. Not a fan of speeches.

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