STEP #11: THE SPEECHES
The MC then usually announces that the speeches are about to commence:
- “Ladies and Gentlemen, the speeches and toasts will begin in five minutes, so if there is something that you have to attend to (urgently), or if you need to powder your nose or go for a quick walk, now would be the best time.” (Again, personalise at your leisure!)
It is standard practice to deliver the speeches whilst coffee is being served though this can vary. They are usually presented in the order shown ahead.
The MC may commence proceedings with something like:
“Ladies and Gentlemen, we have come to the formal part of the celebrations and accordingly, we will have a few short speeches and toasts.”
“Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s now time for that formal part of the evening. For some of the speakers, it may be their first…and last…public speech. In any case, I’m sure you’ll applaud their brave venture into public speaking.”
“The first toast tonight, and what may be considered the most important, is the toast to the Bride and Groom and this honour and responsibility falls well on the shoulders of the Father of the Bride, (name).
The order of wedding speeches is generally as follows.
SPEECH 1: Toast to the Bride and Groom
SPEECH 2: Groom Replies
SPEECH 3: Groom then toasts the bridesmaids
SPEECH 4: Best man replies on behalf of the bridesmaids
SPEECH 5 : Toast to the parents of the Bride
SPEECH 6 : Bride’s father replies
SPEECH 7 : Toast to Groom’s parents
SPEECH 8 : Groom’s father replies
When managing the speeches, be sure to thank each person for their contribution and introduce each upcoming speaker.
STEP #12 : ANNOUNCE THE CUTTING OF THE CAKE
MC INTRODUCTION: “And now comes the cutting of that beautiful cake (find out who made it and announce that). So I’d like…(bride)…and…(groom)…to walk around to the front of the bridal table to perform their first duty as husband and wife.”
As they approach the cake, make a comment about the event. For example, “One of life’s tragedies is that we actually have to cut up this beautiful piece of art…but it would be a greater tragedy if we left it uneaten…”
DJ MUSIC : Whilst the cake is being cut, the DJ should play the requested song or (if they have not requested a song) something romantic along the lines of:
Truly, Madly, Deeply – Savage Garden
I Got You Babe – Sonny & Cher
For Once in My Life – Stevie Wonder
I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) – Jessica Mauboy
Wanna Grow Old with You – Adam Sandler
Marry You – Bruno Mars
It Had to Be You – Harry Connick, Jr. (band/vocalist)
L-O-V-E – Nat King Cole
Endless Love – Luther Vandross & Mariah Carey
By Your Side – Sade
Tonight, I celebrate my love – Roberta Flack And Peabo Bryson
Three times a lady – Lionel Richie
We’ve only just begun – The Carpenters
Love me tender – Elvis Prestley
Sugar, Sugar – The Archies
Chapel of Love – The Dixie Cups
Pour Some Sugar on Me – Def Leppard
Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Pat Benatar (80s) also there’s a new Glee version out
Theme from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – Ennio Morricone (soundtracks)
Remember to announce the photo opportunity posed by the cutting of the cake:
“Ladies and Gentlemen…now would be a great opportunity for photos – a once and only chance to capture the special moment of (bride and groom) cutting their wedding cake.” (check with the photographer before announcing this)
“I now think it is appropriate that (bride) and (groom) kiss each other.”
(following the nervous kiss)… “Oh, that wasn’t a kiss, that was a peck – I SAID A KISS.”
Ask for a round of applause after the cutting of the cake. If relevant, say the following to the Bride and Groom:
“On the table, you will find two Goblets with your names engraved on them. If you’d be so kind as to link arms and drink to your future; again, this would be a good time to warm up your cameras.”
Usually, at this point, the cake is taken away to be sliced.
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