Speeches and toasts are often some of the most heartfelt moments during wedding receptions. People saying nice things and share personal memories. It’s tricky though – sure things are pretty safe if it’s planned and your best man and maid of honor are giving their pre-written speeches. But what if you decide that you want to ‘open the floor’ to everyone to say a ‘few words’ or advice? What if… what if… WHAT IF?!

It might just be me – but I stress out about that part ALL THE TIME. What if there’s a big awkward lull and NO ONE WANTS TO SAY ANYTHING? Not only that – but HOW DO YOU END IT? Does it just stop and we acknowledge that no one wants to say anymore nice things?


Whew. Okay. Here’s how you make sure that it doesn’t get too weird.

You bring in a ringer. A speech ringer. You designate/tell/ask a friend or relative to be your speech closer. So when things feel like they’re ending or SHOULD end – that person will grab the mic or conch shell and Purposefully CLOSE IT OUT. Ending all speeches and moving onto the next thing (usually the cake cutting.)

Alright! Awkward moment averted!

Thank you.

Ha. Okay. If I don’t see you on your day, have a great wedding and I’ll talk to you later.


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