June 6, 2006. Written by Paula Jones
There are no hard and fast rules these days of course, but the order of toasts/speeches traditionally follows the order of: father of the bride, groom, best man, and other toasts. It’s growing more and more popular for brides to make a speech too! So here’s a brief run-down of the traditional order of the toasts, and who says what about whom.
As the bridal couple are central to the day, whoever makes the first speech/toast ends by toasting the bride and groom. Traditionally this is the father of the bride. He:
Traditionally, the groom :
The best man traditionally:
Also, the bride, and sometimes the bridesmaid/maid of honour, are becoming increasingly more likely to say few words to mark the day. Generally, these toasts will come between the groom and best man.
The chief bridesmaid:
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