Rockstar August 2019

Thank you speech at Reception?

Alicia, on July 12, 2019 at 4:28 PM Posted in Wedding Reception 1 21
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I don't know if this is a thing that people do, but would it be weird if a said a few words of thanks after the MOH and BM speeches at our reception? Did any of you do that? Nothing major, just specifically naming a few people that were integral in the planning process, and also thanking our guests for celebrating with us.


  • Melissa
    VIP October 2018
    Melissa ·

    We didn't do one, but I have seen it done. Not weird as long as it's not a whole 12 page speech

  • Alicia
    Rockstar August 2019
    Alicia ·
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    Ok, thanks! Ha! Yeah, it's not even gonna be a full page unless my fiance adds stuff to it when he looks at it!

  • Michaela
    Expert May 2020
    Michaela Online ·

    Not weird in fact it's very common!! Most weddings I've been to the bride and groom have both said a few words. Some were long-ish like speeches, some were as short as, thank you for coming lets party!

  • Lauren
    Super September 2019
    Lauren ·

    Some people do a thank you speech at the Rehearsal Dinner. I think it is also nice to do one at the reception, more people, more recognition for those who helped. Keep it short and sweet, also thank all your guests for coming.

  • Caytlyn
    Champion November 2019
    Caytlyn ·
    At most weddings I’ve been to, the bride and/or groom gives a introduction/thanks for coming speech before dinner.
  • A
    Devoted August 2019
    Amanda ·
    My FH plans on speaking and as someone with intense fear of speaking in front of people I didn't get it. When I asked him why he said he wanted to be able to thank everyone and let them know how lucky he felt to marry me. So he's speaking and I'm not. It's your wedding. Do what feels right to you
  • Cher Horowitz
    Master December 2019
    Cher Horowitz Online ·

    It's never wrong to thank someone, so go for it!

  • CourtneyBrittain
    Master August 2019
    CourtneyBrittain ·

    I think that's typically more of a thank you for the rehearsal dinner, but honestly it's up to you! My dad will be saying thank you to the guests and I will be giving a small gift/note to those that helped a lot with planning and DIY.

  • M
    Dedicated February 2020
    Mrsc2Be ·
    My fiancé and I are planning on doing a quick speech thanking our guests, venue, family etc. especially since we consider ourselves the “hosts” since we’re paying for the majority of the wedding.
  • Kyleah
    Expert March 2020
    Kyleah ·

    I don't think it's weird at all!

    I've seen it done after MOH & BM speeches before and it flows nicely! Our friends did their thank you speech after their reception as they were opening gifts (they had almost the entire guest list staying to watch open gifts so it made sense, especially since they didn't do MOH or BM speeches).

    We personally are going to do our grand entrance, then first dance, and then we'll do a very brief thank you speech before our officiant does a blessing before dinner is served!

  • Courtney
    Super September 2019
    Courtney ·
    We’re going to be thanking everyone for joining us at the wedding. Where we live the grooms speech (or bride and groom etc) is the chance to thank all everyone for coming from the people that actually got married. I don’t think it’s weird at all.
  • Andrea
    VIP April 2020
    Andrea ·

    I'm definitely going to say thank you to all of our guests for coming, we love them all and appreciate their attendance on our very special day

  • Jeanie
    Expert February 2020
    Jeanie Online ·
    We are having a destination wedding and are not having a bridal party, so we will be making a short thank you speech at our reception. As long as it’s short and sweet, I think it’s a very nice thing to do.
  • CDickman
    VIP September 2019
    CDickman ·
    We are thanking guest for coming we will
    fo most the thank you to bridal party at rehearsal dinner when we give them the gifts,
  • Melle
    Master June 2019
    Melle Online ·
    We did that! We said something before moh and before bm speeches to also kind of Segway to introducing them too
  • R
    Devoted September 2018
    Rachel ·
    The etiquette is that whomever is hosting (aka paying) would do the welcome toast before the meal begins. So you used to see the father (or parents) of the bride do this. I think more couples are hosting now, but also do not enjoy public speaking so they often skip this (or pass the honor back to one or more sets of parents to say a few words). I think it adds a nice flow to have someone say a few words before beginning the meal, in particular if your other toasts will happen toward the end of meal service.
  • SummerBrideInAutumn
    Rockstar October 2019
    SummerBrideInAutumn ·
    I’m planning on doing a welcome/thank you speech right before dinner. I think it’s a nice touch.
  • Gen
    Rockstar June 2019
    Gen ·
    We did that! It was very very brief... just found it on my google drive so here’s what we said haha. I said that first paragraph and then my husband said the rest. I also threw in their wishing happy birthday to one of my bridesmaids because our wedding day was her birthday :p

    Thank you speech at Reception? 1
  • M.W.
    VIP June 2019
    M.W. ·

    We had no speeches just a toast!

  • A
    Expert August 2019
    Aliciabilly2019 ·
    Yes i am doing that to for MOH and BM and the venue bc thats where im getting the food through to thanking the staff etc bc there all making the day easier etc on us and im even doing a special irish toast to my husband then yea i think it says more to thank everyone in person and for being there etc ...

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