While the Maid of Honor toast, Best Man speech, and parent speeches are all toasts that will be given in your honor, the couple's toast is your opportunity to express your gratitude and love for everyone celebrating your big day with you.
Do You Have to Give a Welcome Speech?
Let's start with the basics - no, you don't have to give a welcome speech. Just make sure you know whether or not you're giving one, and you align with your partner and your DJ / band, so that you aren't awkwardly handed a mic and wish you knew in advance so you could prep.
Who Gives the Welcome Speech at the Wedding?
If you decide that you do want to give a welcome speech, you and your partner should align on if you're doing it together, or if just one of you is representing the unit. There's no right or wrong way to do this - it totally depends on each individual's comfort level with public speaking.
When Should You Give the Welcome Speech at the Wedding?
When to give the welcome speech is entirely up to you. Some couples prefer to do it at the rehearsal dinner, while others will do it to kick off the reception. Another option is to do it after the final toast to close out the speeches. The most important thing when it comes to timing is just making sure that your vendors know so that they can budget your timeline accordingly.
What Do You Say in a Wedding Welcome Speech?
A Warm Opening - Express Gratitude
Begin your toast by expressing gratitude to everyone for being part of your special day. A simple "thank you" can go a long way in setting a warm and welcoming atmosphere. You can spotlight specific individuals, like a grandparent who traveled far to be there, and even vendors who deserve a round of applause for their incredible work.
Take a Moment to Appreciate Your Partner
While you may have already done your vows, this is an opportunity for a more informal moment of sharing your love for your partner. It's a real-time acknowledgment of what you're feeling and what you're grateful for.
Share Any Announcements
Consider this your time to also shoehorn any important logistical announcements you want people to know, like what time the busses are leaving or where they can find you to say bye tomorrow.
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Overcoming Common Challenges
Feeling nervous is entirely normal. Take a deep breath, focus on your love, and let the authenticity of your emotions shine through. Practice in front of a mirror or with a trusted friend.
Balancing Humor and Emotion
Balancing humor and emotion is key. Injecting humor keeps the mood light, while heartfelt moments deepen the emotional connection.
FAQ: Addressing Your Concerns
Can I Have Multiple Toasts at My Wedding?
Absolutely! Having multiple toasts adds variety and allows different perspectives to shine. Coordinate with your officiant and loved ones to ensure a seamless flow.
How Long Should the Welcome Toast Be?
While there's no strict rule, aim for a toast that lasts less than 3 minutes.
Crafting a welcome toast is a wonderful opportunity to share your authentic, real-time feelings, connect with your guests, and set the stage for a memorable celebration. With Provenance's Toast Builder, you can navigate the process effortlessly, ensuring your welcome toast reflects the authenticity and uniqueness of your relationship.