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Speeches are an important part of every wedding. They should be brief, sincere and to the point. Have the speeches between the starter and the main course. Guests who aren’t starving and have a drink in the hand make the most receptive audience. Personal tidbits about the happy couple are invaluable, but guests do not want to be exposed to embarrassing detail. Keep it light. A joke now and then is appropriate, keep it clean.

The Groom

Rule no 1: He has to compliment the bride. She feels the need to be publicly acknowledged. Don’t be shy, get in touch with your feminine side and gush.

Rule no 2: Make a note of everybody involved in planning the wedding and thank everyone personally, do not forget one name!

Rule no 3: Thank the bride’s parents for their daughter, now is the time to make a good impression.

Rule no 4: Thank your own parents. They will be feeling neglected by now and they need to know that they are still important.

Rule no 5: Thank the guests for the presents.

Rule no 6: Thank the bridal attendants and propose a toast to them.

Master of Ceremonies

It is important that the master of ceremonies knows the guests, as he is the person that needs to make them feel at home. The master of ceremonies sets the mood for the reception. He should, ideally, have a good sense of humour. He introduces the other speakers. He proposes the first toast to the bride and thanks everybody involved in the planning of the wedding. He introduces the bride’s father, or old family friend, who then proposes a toast to the bride and groom.