How to assist the Groom deliver a Great "Grooms Speech"
It's natural to be nervous about what to say during your groom's speech. After all, men are not always known for being sentimental people, especially when speaking in public "from the heart."
As you prepare to write your grooms speech, make a list of all of those people you'd like to recognize. Your Bride, as well as your parents will clearly be on the list. What about other people whom make the list?? Perhaps that friend that introduced you? Maybe that college pal that went with you to pick out the engagement ring? Consider also, those people that helped make the day possible, and without their planning advice, support and love, this day would not be what it is. Find a way to include them in your speech also.
As a rule of thumb, in wedding etiquette, the father of the bride is usually the first to receive acknowledgement. Let him know how much you respect him and thank him for his blessing to have his daughter's hand in marriage. Next, thank the brides mother for her wedding planning support and for her success in raising such a wonderful person - who happens to be the woman next to you and the one you love!
Next in line to thank are your parents. As you turn to your mom and dad, tell them how much you appreciate them for giving you guidance throughout your life. Let them know how happy you are that they're present to share with you in this wonderful day, and how you look forward to them being there to witness many milestones as you grow as a couple. After you have saluted both sets of parents, your grooms speech should highlight the wedding planning party and other special guests.
Next up is your Best Man. After all, he's you best man for a reason; take the time to tell him why. Explain how much his friendship means to you and why you chose him to serve in that important wedding role. You can tell a funny story here as well, but remember to be "tactful," as not to make anyone feel uncomfortable at the mention of a tasteless remark.
Now for the moment everyone in the room has been waiting for... it is time for you to turn to your bride and verbally express your love for her. Try to weave your thoughts into a central idea, such as the many "firsts" you experienced with her, and how you look forward to a lifetime of "firsts" to be shared with her. By putting a little emotion into what you say to your bride during the wedding planning of the grooms speech, it would be safe to say there might not be one dry eye in the entire room.
As a grand finale of the speech, raise your glass, pull your bride close to you and toast to your new lives together as husband and wife.
A receiving line isn't required. However, the bride and groom do have to greet and thank everyone of the guests for coming to the wedding. A receiving line easily is the best way to ensure they do not miss anyone, especially if the wedding is large (more than 65 people). A receiving line is also great (and efficient) way to be sure all guests have a chance to meet the couple's parents, and attendants. At a small wedding, it's fine for the bride & groom to visit with each table - usually during the meal - to greet, thank, and chat with their guests.
The ideal receiving line allows guests to have refreshments while they wait their turn, or allows the line to flow into the reception area.
Typical Receiving Line Order:
1. Brides mother
2. Brides Father
3. Grooms Mother
4. Grooms father
7. Matron of Honor
Fathers aren't required to stand in line; they can circulate the guests with the groomsmen. However, if one father participate's, the other should also.
In military wedding; it's protocol for a groom in uniform to stand before his bride in the line.
Divorced parents don't stand together in the receiving line. The simplest solution is that the parent or step parent who is either host of the reception or closest to the bride & groom stand in the line.
When relations between divorced parents and their current spouses are amicable; they may all stand in the line - but separated by the other sets of parents to prevent confusion or embarrassment for guests.
Think "mom first". for example: 1)brides mother & step father; 2) groom's mother & step father 3) bride's father & step mother 4). groom's father & step mother; Bride then Groom.
(now dismiss the bridesmaids - line is long enough!).