wedding speeches groomWhile you’re busy planning every aspect of this incredibly special day, don’t forget that you’ll also be responsible for giving a groom wedding speech at your reception. Here you can find all you need to know delivering a short groom speech!

What is the Groom Wedding Speech?

The groom’s wedding speech takes place during the wedding reception and is part of a series of toasts done by various members of the wedding party. The usual order is a follows: father of the bride, groom, maid of honor, and best man. Every wedding is unique, however, so don’t feel obligated to stick to this running order! Because your toast is one of several being given, do be wary of time and err on the side of brevity. People will be eager to have another sip of their champagne… If you’d like to see some examples of short wedding speeches for the groom, click here!

What Should a Short Groom Speech Include?

The groom’s wedding speech should primarily be about the bride and your relationship together. In general, the toast opens with a nod to the father of the bride, who has just given his wedding toast, and the groom will thank him for hosting the wedding and reception (which are traditionally paid for by the bride’s family). You should then shift your focus to the bride. Her father will often include an anecdote from his daughter’s childhood, delighted to be recounting memories about his little girl, so in this sense, you can pick up from where he leaves off. Your groom wedding speech should speak about the woman the bride has become, and the relationship you have had as adults. Don’t shy away from being sentimental! This is a chance to tell all of your guests how much you love and adore your wife, and to share some of your beautiful memories with your family and friends – so take it!

Remember that the bride does not traditionally give a toast, so it is up to the groom to provide a touching and accurate depiction of your relationship together. The maid of honor and the best man will also give short wedding speeches but these are often more focused on the bride or groom as individuals, rather than as a couple.It is therefore common for the groom’s toast to include such anecdotes as when you first met, the moment you knew she was ‘the one’, or a time when you were able to support one another. Don’t be afraid to get personal! If you’re stuck for ideas, ask for advice from a friend or family member who has given a wedding toast before.

Some Final Advice…

After the groom, the maid of honor will give her toast. Towards the end of your short groom speech, therefore, it is common to toast the bridesmaids and even individually thank them with a kind word about each one. Even if you had a bad first impression of the bride’s sister, or maybe still do not particularly like a few of her friends, remember that these are the most important women in the bride’s life – so this is not the time to recount for all the guests how her sister once hit on you, or her best friend keyed your car after the two of you fought! If you don’t know the bridesmaids that well, make an effort to speak to them before the wedding – a quick email asking about their plans for the wedding shower, bachelorette party, etc. can help get the ball rolling – or ask about them more frequently when you talk with your bride. You should also be sure to thank your best man and groomsmen – they have been with you through a lot and have helped you at every post, so this is the perfect opportunity to let them know how grateful you are!

On the day, remember to keep your toast positive, be confident in your delivery, and smile! With this important information in mind, you now know all you need to know about delivering a short groom speech!

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