Traditionally, the father of the bride speaks first, often before dinner. He welcomes the guests, including the groom’s family, thanks everyone for coming, talks about his daughter and her new husband and toasts the happy couple.
When should wedding speeches take place?
Tradition states that the Wedding Speeches should be conducted after the meal and they essentially bring an end to the day’s formalities at which point the party side of the day can begin. By serving the meal first it means your guests are finally being properly fed.
How do you welcome a guest at a wedding reception?
The traditional way to welcome guests is with a receiving line, formed either at the wedding site just after the ceremony or at the reception location as people arrive. A receiving line is most practical if you have a large number of guests.