Wedding Speech Order. Is Everybody Lined Up & Ready to Go?

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Wedding Speech Order

The order of wedding speeches at a wedding are traditionally as follows:

  • Guests arrive for drinks or cocktail hour
  • Guests are seated at their tables
  • MC introduces the bridal party and welcomes the guests
  • The main meal is served
  • Speeches and toasts happen towards end of the meal
  • Cutting of the cake ceremoney
  • First Dance
  • Guests invited to dance
  • Farewell

None of this is fixed in stone. It is your wedding so make it your own. Remember to think from a guests standpoint too as you plan the wedding speech order. You want to make sure people are entertained and not bored.

Order of Wedding Speeches

The wedding speeches order can also be very personal. The most important goal is to make sure that whatever the order, ensure you have it set before the wedding. The last thing you want is people fumbling because they’re not sure whos next. People giving wedding toasts and speeches are nervous enough. We’ve seen two approaches to wedding speech order:

Order Option 1

  • Best Man gives his speech
  • Maid (or Matron) of Honor gives her speech
  • Father of the Bride gives his speech
  • Parents of the Groom give their speech
  • Groom gives his speech
  • Bride gives her speech
  • Any other Guests of Honor give their speeches

Order Option 2

  • Father of the Bride gives his speech
  • Parents of the Groom give their speech
  • Groom gives his speech
  • Bride gives her speech
  • Any other Guests of Honor give their speeches
  • Maid (or Matron) of Honor gives her speech
  • The Best Man gives his speech

For more on wedding speeches read our ultimate guide to wedding speeches and toasts.

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