ORDER OF SPEECHES
It’s important to know the difference between a speech and a toast – generally a toast comes at the end of a speech. If you have a rehearsal dinner, then this is an ideal time and place for the father of the groom to make a speech and toast. At the reception, speeches usually begin with, and are directed by, a master of ceremonies, who first welcomes guests and introduces the bridal party.
WORD TO THE WISE
With any public speaking, it’s important to remember a few key points. Write your speech out, but don’t attempt to recite it verbatim. Instead, try to become familiar with it, and consider writing key phrases in large writing on speech cards to refer to.
Thanking and honouring your friends and family is important, but be careful not to go too far. Be personal and creative while sharing defining moments of our relationship with guests. Keep your language and sentiment simple.
Tip: If you can’t afford Champagne for all the guests (and let's face it, who can?!), treat the Bridal table to Champagne and give a great quality New Zealand Méthode (like Daniel Le Brun) to your guests.
...AND BEFORE YOU POP AND POUR
- Always chill the Champagne and not the glasses
- Keep the cage (the wire) over the cork before opening, to avoid injury
- Rotate the bottle (not the cork!
- Ensure the glasses are clean (dirty glasses affect the sparkle of the bubbles)
- For toasting, allow for a ½ glass to ¾ filled glass