The best man gives his speech after the groom and the father of the bride. He should toast the bridesmaids, and poke some fun at the groom. A typical best man’s speech includes funny anecdotes about the groom and a story or two from the stag night…but don’t forget to mention the bride too!
The father of the bride begins the speeches, usually after the wedding meal is finished. He should welcome everyone to the wedding, including the groom’s parents, and welcome the groom into the family. It is also customary for a father of the bride speech to include a heart-warming story about the bride as well as some kind words about her on her wedding day. The speech should finish with a toast to the newlyweds.
The groom’s speech follows the father of the bride’s speech, and thanks everyone for attending on behalf of himself and his new wife. He should also thank his own parents and the bridesmaids, as well as anyone else who assisted with the wedding planning. It’s traditional to present thank you gifts during the groom’s speech.
It is becoming more and more common for a bride to give a speech on her wedding day. She may choose to thank the guests for attending, and to say some kind words about her new husband, her bridesmaids and anyone else who has helped her in the run up to the wedding.