There are many aspects to a person’s wedding that people look forward to; the dress, the food, the music and inevitably the speeches. Many of us are guilty of inflicting our previous experiences of speeches, on those about to speak. Perhaps we expect the address to seemingly last forever or hope that it lasts a short sharp 5 minutes filled with laughter and tears.
There can be such expectation on the speeches that it is important to us at Priston Mill they happen in a way that makes those participating feel confident and comfortable.
Traditionally the speeches happen after the main meal before tea and coffee is served. This does mean that your guests have been wined and dined, making everyone a little more relaxed and appreciative of your words.
However on some occasions people are particularly nervous and would prefer to ‘get it out the way’. In which case you can opt to have the speeches before you start the wedding breakfast. If doing so we would suggest you time the speeches carefully so that when our chefs present your delicious starter it is still delicious, and not compromised by a speaker over-running.
In our experience we have found speeches last between 5 & 10 minutes. It may not sound like a long time, but better to be short and sweet!
If one or all of your speakers are especially anxious, we have a PA system & microphone available for hire. However the acoustics in our old, majestic venues are amazing, so it is very rarely required.
You may have heard of a Master of Ceremonies; a person who makes the introductions and announcements. On occasion the Bride & Groom will hire or appoint such a person. However, if you would prefer our Events Managers are more than happy to make these announcements for you.
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