the groom you have 2 speeches to make. One at the rehearsal
dinner and one at the reception speech. We will give you ideas
and samples on what to include in your speeches. You don't
have to use exactly what's on this page. Your situation and
speech will ultimately be from your heart.
one is easy because there won't be as many guests here and
you'll know most of them quite well.
a greeting, "I'm very happy to be around the people
that mean so much, tonight"
your parents, "I'd like to thank my parents for throwing
us this party and for all the support and patience they've
shown me during the wedding planning. (Look at your parents)
The two of you mean so much to me and I want you to know
that even though I don't mention it as much as I should,
I love and respect you and appreciate everything you've
done for me from the time I can remember."
out-of-town guests, "A special thanks to all of you
who have travelled a long distance to witness this event."
If you like, you can speak about a couple of your guests,
"I still remember when I used to go up to Uncle Jerry's
the wedding party. You can introduce them, so that your
guests will know who everyone is. "Our wedding party,
what can I say but thank you for standing by us and for
all your help. I'd like to thank the girls for helping with
the decorations, invitations and for keeping my fiancé
as calm as possible. You guys, my buddies...I'd like to
thank you for not remembering what happened at the stag
and for getting me home safely." You can add stories
of your adventures with these guys, talk about how long
you've known them for. If you know the girls well, you can
throw a couple of stories in about them too.
the bride's parents, "Mary's (bride) parents have made
me feel very welcome in their home, lately and I want to
thank them. It wasn't always like that. The first time I
meet them........(tell the story)"
your bride, "Mary, words can not describe the way I
feel about you. You've made me the happiest man alive and
I can't wait to spend the rest of my life with you."
You can fill in the rest.
the rehearsal thank yous short because you still need material
for your reception speech. You'll be thanking the same people
again only for a bigger audience.
are very nervous have a couple of drinks. A couple, don't
be drunk when you make the speech, it won't be sincere and
you'll probably make a fool out of yourself. With either
of the speeches you can be funny and sentimental. Also because
the bride is not required to do a speech, include her when
thanking others. Other than the opening you can change the
order of topics so that you feel more comfortable. Don't
forget to look at the people you're talking about.
your guests, "Good evening ladies and gentlemen, I'm
the groom. I'd like you to know how much Mary and I appreciate
that you could join us on our wedding day.
your audience briefly about your day and ease into thanking
your wife, "Today turned out to be a lot better than
I expected. As you can imagine, I didn't get much sleep
last night and first thing this morning I had 10 people
around my bed telling me what to do. I was really nervous
until I saw my beautiful bride/wife walking down the aisle
towards me. No words have ever come out of my mouth so easily
as the "I do's" I said today. This girl has put
up with all my faults and trained me, so that I could be
the perfect husband." You can talk about the first
time you met or a funny story or straight from your heart.
her parents, "If it wasn't for my in-laws we'd be having
this in a barn right know and I'd be standing on a bail
of hay. I'd still be very happy though because they raised
the woman of my dreams and I'm glad to finally be officially
a part of their family."
your parents, "Mom and Dad, I want to thank you for.........".
Be sincere, these are the people that have done everything
for you. Don't be afraid or feel embarrassed to shed a tear.
This thank you will remain with them forever and its always
nice that their friends can hear how much you love them
and what great parents they've been.
the bridal party, "I want everyone to know how much
these ladies have helped us with putting this wedding together
and making it look so nice. We couldn't have done it without
them. Stand up and take a bow, girls."
groomsmen, "I want to thank you guys for all the years
of fun we had and if my wife lets me, all the good times
that are still to follow. I couldn't have picked a better
bunch of men to stand by me today or to call my friends."
Add stories about your single life and things you did with
your buddies. Talk about how cool all of you thought you
were but don't mention anything about other women if your
planning to stay married.
closing can be a toast either to your wife or your mother,
this is a special day for her too. If you choose your mom
let your wife know before hand. "I'd like to propose
a toast to the woman that has meant everything to me. The
one that changed my diapers, put me on the school bus every
morning and has been there for me ever since.To my mom,
done, my dear, you can go over and kiss your mother or kiss
your wife and take your seat.