Weddings often leave people speechless, the best things in life usually do. As if finding the right thing to say isn’t hard enough, pair that with public speaking! To make sure you don’t speed through your speech, leave anyone out, or stumble over your words, here’s how to say thank you at your wedding that will leave you looking like a toastmaster!

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BREAK THE ICE

The first minute of your Thank You speech sets the tone for your guests. Your wedding reception will be filled with all of your favorite people. Break the ice with a personal story or joke to keep the vibes fun and casual. You can even go straight into thanking your guests for attending, especially those that traveled to join the celebration. Being there surpasses any monetary amount and acknowledging their presence shows your gratitude. Bonus: give a shout out to the guests that traveled the furthest to celebrate! A thank you goes a long way and it’s a great way to open and grab everyone’s attention quickly.

Emily Clack Photography | DC Wedding Photographer
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WHO TO THANK

Highlight the most important people in your Thank You speech: parents, wedding party, wedding vendors. These people were your full-time cheerleaders throughout the wedding planning game. Start with your parents, especially if they’re paying for the wedding! Next, thank your wedding party aka your handpicked team of MVP’s who deserve a special thank you for all their assists and clutch moves during wedding planning. Your vendors played significant roles leading up to your wedding day too, so don’t forget to thank each of them by name, if possible! Last, but no least, give your wedding planner a huge shout out for taking care of all the details while you celebrated with family and friends.

Emily Clack Photography | DC Wedding Photographer
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CHEERS!

Now that you have everyone’s attention turn to your partner and profess your eternal love, then end your speech with a kiss. Weddings mark a milestone in two people lives, because it’s the union between two families. Finish your speech by giving your guests full permission to celebrate with NEW family and friends. You’ll want everyone to feel the love, so raise your a glass and cheers to your happily ever after!

Emily Clack Photography | DC Wedding Photgrapher
Photo via Emily Clack Photography