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YAY OR NAY: Speeches before dinner

By AbiSilvester on April 8th, 2009 0 comments yet. Be the First

wedding_speeches_free_sm.jpgIn my role as serial wedding-attendee extraordinnaire, I’ve witnessed a fair few speeches in my time, varying wildly in delivery, quality and length! No two wedding speeches are the same, but until fairly recently they all had one thing in common: they took place after dinner.

At a recent wedding, however, I saw this tradition broken. We started the wedding breakfast with glasses of champagne in our hands and our hosts began their speeches before the starters arrived, finishing them just before second course. And I thought this formula worked very well indeeed…

What do you think. Will you be sticking to the traditional formula, or does this idea appeal? Poll after the jump

After my initial confusion, I thought this was a far better way of doing things — not only because as guests we were far more alert before the onslaught of food and drink that was to follow — but for our hosts, too. My friends explained to me afterwards that they enjoyed their meal far more than they would have done if they’d had to speak at the end of it, and that they’d felt all the more confident for getting their speeches (which were some of the most eloquent and witty I’d heard) out of the way first.

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