Speeches are an important part of every wedding. They should be brief, sincere and to the point. Have the speeches between the starter and the main course. Guests who aren’t starving and have a drink in the hand make the most receptive audience. Personal tidbits about the happy couple are invaluable, but guests do not want to be exposed to embarrassing detail. Keep it light. A joke now and then is appropriate, keep it clean.
It is important that the master of ceremonies knows the guests, as he is the person that needs to make them feel at home. The master of ceremonies sets the mood for the reception. He should, ideally, have a good sense of humour. He introduces the other speakers. He proposes the first toast to the bride and thanks everybody involved in the planning of the wedding. He introduces the bride’s father, or old family friend, who then proposes a toast to the bride and groom.