Wedding Speeches Before or After Dinner?

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Should you give wedding speeches before or after dinner?

Today, we’ll talk about where wedding speeches commonly happen and some considerations to help you pick your perfect time.

Wedding speeches before or after dinner?

If you’re having a reception with dinner, wedding speeches often occur:

  • Before dinner
  • During dinner
  • After dinner (but before dancing)

Let’s jump into why you may choose one of these options over the others.

Wedding speeches before dinner

This may be the right option for you if:

  • Your speech givers are very anxious. You may want to do speeches early, so everyone can enjoy the rest of their evening.
  • You have lots of people sharing tables who don’t know each other. This can be a great way to avoid people feeling anxious over awkward small talk. 

Why some say this isn’t the best time:

  • People are often hungry and thirsty. They won’t focus on the speeches because they’re waiting to be fed.

Wedding speeches during dinner

This may be the right option for you if:

  • You want the speeches to happen a bit earlier in the evening but don’t want guests to be hungry. (Remember, you’ll likely have more people’s attention if they’ve been fed something before the speeches start).

Why some say this isn’t the best time:

  • People may be waiting for more food or dessert and might be distracted.

Wedding speeches after dinner

This may be the right option for you if:

  • You want guests fed, but their whole attention on the speeches.
  • You want the speeches to be the final formal piece of the evening before the dancing begins!

Why some say this isn’t the best time:

  • Guests (and speakers) have time to indulge in drinks before the speeches and might be a bit too loud or rambunctious at this point.

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When were the speeches at your wedding?

Whether you’ve hosted a wedding or been to a wedding, when do you prefer the wedding speeches?

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