Lynnie
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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

  • Tonia
    Expert October 2019
    Tonia
    • Flag

    Keep. I love this tradition.

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  • Diana
    VIP December 2019
    Diana
    • Flag
    Cancel with the Best Man/MOH. Instead FH is doing a wedding speech.
    • Reply
  • Arianna
    Dedicated September 2019
    Arianna
    • Flag

    Keep! We are doing a sign up list like an open mic session and anyone that wants to say something, can. It doesn't have to be awkward, but I know for sure my fiancee wants to make a speech so we keep it for him.

    • Reply
  • Lauren
    Rockstar February 2020
    Lauren
    • Flag

    Keep! I love the speeches.

    • Reply
  • Amanda
    Expert October 2019
    Amanda
    • Flag

    Keep. We're going to have toasts from my dad & the best man.

    • Reply
  • A
    Expert August 2019
    Aliciabilly2019
    • Flag
    I feel its a one time thing give them a nice stiff drink and tell them anti up . Im giving one so if i can do it as the bride then they can as my MOH and Bestman lol ...
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  • Andrea
    VIP April 2020
    Andrea
    • Flag

    Keep, but try to implement some sort of cap. Not sure how we'd achieve this, though

    • Reply
  • Heather
    Expert April 2020
    Heather
    • Flag

    Keep! I think it will be fun to hear what others will say about you.

    • Reply
  • Meghan
    Rockstar October 2019
    Meghan
    • Flag
    Keep. I鈥檓 excited to hear what everyone has to say!
    • Reply
  • Tamera
    Expert May 2020
    Tamera
    • Flag

    Keep. I think this is so special and sweet. Especially when they are from the people that are closest and most important to us.

    • Reply
  • L
    Lady
    • Flag

    TOASTS are fine. SPEECHES are not entertaining or fun and should be CANCELED>

    • Reply
  • Kristen
    VIP April 2020
    Kristen
    • Flag
    Keep, but only my MOH and FH鈥檚 best man
    • Reply
  • VIP September 2019
    • Flag
    We are keeping it. MOH and best man speeches. I love them
    • Reply
  • DuttonSandersWedding
    Expert September 2019
    DuttonSandersWedding
    • Flag
    I would love to cancel them but my fiance wants yo kept them. So we kept them. 馃し鈥嶁檧锔
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  • Cristy
    Rockstar May 2020
    Cristy
    • Flag

    My first instinct is to cancel this. I always find the speeches at weddings boring, too long, and sometimes inappropriate!

    But I'll have to wait until it gets closer to decide for sure. I'll talk to some of my people and see how they feel about making speeches. If it were only up to me, I'd skip it.

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  • Cadence
    Dedicated August 2019
    Cadence
    • Flag

    Keep! I didn't even consider not doing it though, tbh

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  • Stephanie
    Super August 2019
    Stephanie
    • Flag
    Keep! The speeches are usually one of my favorite parts, and our BM/MOH have it on lock!
    • Reply
  • MD
    Super July 2019
    MD
    • Flag

    Keep! I love hearing these.

    • Reply
  • Terra
    Expert September 2020
    Terra
    • Flag

    I personally would not mind cancelling these in the slightest, but one of MOH's favorite pass times is writing/giving speeches and I don't know if I could just take that away from her, LOL.

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  • Laura
    Rockstar November 2019
    Laura
    • Flag
    Cancel. My Fad is too unpredictable when given an audience! He鈥檇 tell embarrassing stories and then be proud. My MOH isn鈥檛 crazy about public speaking so I鈥檓 not putting her through it. No idea how the best man feels.
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