I noticed there are a lot of people searching for “wedding speech order“. Although the order of speeches can differ depending on the country or culture, there’s a traditional order in which the toasts are held, and here it is:
Wedding Speech Order
First, the father of the bride opens the wedding ceremony. Usually he is the one paying for the wedding (or in some cases you two can split the expenses in half) and because of that he’s considered the host and so he will go first. He will usually thank everybody for coming to the wedding, then he will welcome the groom into his family, then he will say a few nice words about his daughter and close the speech with a toast to the groom and the bride.
You come next, and will first thank the bride’s father for the opening toast and also everybody that came to the wedding. Then compliment the bride and welcome her into your family and share a few stories about your son. In the previous article I detailed a bit the template for your speech. In the end, you will raise the glass and toast for the newlyweds and maybe offer them a piece of marriage advice.
The next one is the groom who will thank you for the toast and the nice words you said about him (hopefully 🙂 ) and will also thank the bride’s father for his toast. Also he should thank again to all the people that made it to the wedding. Then, he will turn to his wife and say a few nice things about her, how much she means to him, how happy he is that they’re getting married and all kind of stuff like that. In the end, he should thank the best man and the bridesmaids for the help with the wedding preparations.
The last speech is held by the best man and this one is the funniest at a wedding. All he has to do is share funny stories about the groom and the bride, but he shouldn’t cross the line and embarrass them with the jokes he tells.
This is the most common wedding speech order. There could be also other speeches like for the mother of the bride or groom, the maid of honor or the bride herself, but these are optional and aren’t very often seen in most weddings.