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source: source: intimateweddings.com

source: intimateweddings.com

The groom’s speech is usually the second speech of the reception; it traditionally follows the father of the bride’s speech. Most grooms dread getting up in front of all their family and friends and saying something. However, this is a great opportunity to thank everyone for coming and give special recognition to those who deserve it.

That being said there are some key things that the groom need to know before he gets up to give his toast. First off, short is sweet. You need to remember that there are a lot of toast going on, so the toast really shouldn’t be more than 5 min. Secondly, there are some key people you need to thank you in your toast. First are the parents of both the bride and groom. Make sure you thank them separately, and thank them for raising both and your wife to the people you are today. Secondly you need to thank the groomsmen and the bridesmaids. Remember that they put a lot of time and energy into being a part of you wedding day. Thirdly is your best man and lastly but most importantly is your bride. These are the people you must include in your speech however you can add anyone else you would like to honor as well.

You definitely will want to add a little bit of humor but make sure that you keep everything appropriate for all of the guest who are attending. Some things you should try to stay clear of would be politics, religion, or anything about your wild night in Vegas!