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

  • Jessica
    Savvy May 2021
    Jessica
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    It is up to the people in the wedding whole would be giving the speech if they want to do one or not. I am not going to make anyone stand up and speak in front of every one if they are not comfortable doing so.

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  • Ashley
    Expert October 2020
    Ashley
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    I am keeping although I am having a hard time because I have both of my sister's as maid of honors so I guess they could do one together, but I am really close to one and semi close to the other so we will see.

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  • Ashley
    Expert October 2020
    Ashley
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    I am very interested in what FH's BM will say.

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  • Ashley
    Expert October 2020
    Ashley
    • Flag

    We are not allowing parents on the night of the wedding though because my FMIL would be so long winded and about herself. I will limit her to the rehearsal dinner

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  • Tristen
    Savvy November 2020
    Tristen
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    We鈥檙e keeping this although it makes me nervous to see what my future husbands best man will say
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  • Kacy
    Beginner October 2019
    Kacy
    • Flag
    Keep! I鈥檇 love to hear speeches from anyone who would want to give one
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  • Alyssa
    Beginner September 2019
    Alyssa
    • Flag
    CANCEL. I seriously loathe reception speeches. My dad will make a brief speech but our bridal party will not.
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  • M
    Savvy June 2018
    Mary
    • Flag
    Cancel! I think they can be nice but we didn鈥檛 choose to do them
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  • Giulietta
    Just Said Yes May 2020
    Giulietta
    • Flag
    Definitely keep
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  • latasha
    VIP September 2019
    latasha
    • Flag
    We are keeping this and will have a few people speak.
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  • K
    Dedicated July 2020
    Kaitlyn
    • Flag
    Keep it. We have a small bridal party, so it shouldn鈥檛 take much time.
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  • Mary
    Dedicated September 2019
    Mary
    • Flag

    We are just doing MOH and BM speeches and they've been instructed to keep them relatively short! I've always liked them Smiley smile

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  • Jessica
    Beginner September 2020
    Jessica
    • Flag
    Keep! I love this part of the reception!
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  • A
    Savvy October 2020
    Ashley
    • Flag
    Keeping with a 2-3 min limit
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  • Cora
    Savvy June 2020
    Cora
    • Flag
    Keep for sure! It's one of the best parts of a wedding, as long as the speaker is relatively rehearsed and eloquent Smiley smile I've already warned my bridesmaids and groomsman that I expect a PowerPoint presentation style speech (and I'm only half joking)
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  • Kim
    Savvy September 2019
    Kim
    • Flag
    We are doing open mic. We may regret this later 馃ぃ
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  • Sasha
    Dedicated September 2019
    Sasha
    • Flag

    We're keeping it... but at the reception with family. At our destination wedding, it's actually going to be a roast.

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  • J
    Savvy November 2020
    Jennifer
    • Flag
    Keep. Good or bad, they are memories all the same. Also like having someone do the Blessing before dinner.
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  • Robin
    Savvy May 2020
    Robin
    • Flag

    Keep! It's always nice to hear heart to hearts from friends and family, no matter how cringy it is! It's coming from deep inside them with love.

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  • Heather
    Devoted December 2019
    Heather
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    Not completely sure but I think we鈥檙e keeping this one though
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