If you’re the MC At A Wedding then there’s one area that should be discussed with the wedding planners.
And that’s whether there should be “Open” wedding speeches and toasts.
This is the time during the wedding speeches segment of the reception where wedding guests are invited to stand up and make a short impromptu wedding speech or toast.
There are pros and cons to “Open” wedding speeches and toasts.
On the one hand, it can be a wonderful experience to hear spontaneous good wishes and sentiments from close friends and relatives – especially if the speaker or toaster is eloquent.
On the other hand, there is a dark side to spontaneous comments – there’s a very good possibility of inappropriate remarks being made – especially if the speaker or toaster has had too much to drink.
Sometimes a joke might seem funny to the speaker but could embarrass or humiliate the bride and groom or the guests.
As well, speeches can drag on and the event can become boring. And the last thing you want as MC at a wedding is for the reception events to drag on and have bored wedding guests.
For the most part, “open” wedding speeches and toasts are not normally part of the wedding speeches event.
But, ultimately, it’s up to the bride and groom to decide whether there will be “Open” wedding speeches and toasts.
And it’s your responsibility as Wedding MC to find out what their wishes are and to make a note on your wedding reception agenda.