Typically the welcome speech is giving by someone else besides the the wedding couple. The most common mistake made with the welcome speech is when the person giving the welcome speech gives a toast instead of a brief welcome to the guests. Please remind whoever you designate to give the welcome speech that it is not a "formal speech or toast".
Often times the person giving a welcome speech will mistakenly give a toast. However, the welcome speech is simple and brief. It may go as simple as this...
"Hello my name i (Blank) and I am so honored to be able to welcome you to (Blank Wedding). The couple knows you took time out of your day, travelled and decided to spend your precious time with them and that means a lot. I want to tell you about (Special Detail) and please know that each one of you were hand selected to be here and you are all very important to this couple. Please make sure you enjoy yourselves, theres a lot of fun ahead and were all gonna have a great time!"
If the newlyweds give the welcome speech then usually they do not have to give a thank you speech later on as a formality.
Blessing time is where someone gives a "prayer" or blessing of the meal service. Again this is not the time for a toast or speech. Your guests are hungry! This is usually very short and to the point. It may also be given by a designated person or by bride and groom!
Most of the time there is at least one to two "formal toasts". This is at the end of dinner or meal service. The formal toast may given by maid of honor, best man, parents or other guests. Occasionally there are no formal toasts and that's ok. Not everyone loves public speaking! It's up to you. It is important to let your DJ know who will be giving speeches and what is the correct order.
Our suggestion is always least emotional first and most emotional last. Meaning save the person who is going to make you the most emotional last. It's a lot easier that way trust us!
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