Wedding breakfasts are characterised by a slew of speeches, traditionally given by the groom, the father of the bride and the best man. But, with more couples tying the knot after starting families or with children from previous relationships, the question arises: can children give speeches too?

 

Age matters

Toni and Stephen, whose glamorous wedding featured in issue 169 (see their glamorous big day here!), had their son, Stephen Surin Junior deliver a speech at their big day. When you hear what Toni has to say about it, if you’ve got older children you’ll be sold on the idea!

“Our son’s speech was incredible! It was a very proud moment for me watching my baby all grown up into a 17-year-old man, holding the room’s attention with such presence and character. He had everyone in laughter and in tears. My son is my hero and it was a real tearjerker for me.”

Can children give speeches at weddings? Older children might embrace the moment to raise a glass and say a few words, but for littler ones, try these ideas
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Readings may be better

For younger children, a reading might be the better option. With words to rehearse beforehand and cue cards made up, readings don’t rely on children finding the right words to say themselves. Instead, you can together choose a reading that sums up your shared feelings perfectly, taking one big element of the pressure off. Why not try one of these great readings for children or be inspired by the readings our Editor Rachel chose for children at her own wedding?

Readings might still bring nerves, though, so make sure you consider how many guests any children giving them will need to stand up in front of. Does it suit their character to do so, or will it be too nerve-wracking? Again, you don’t want to put too much pressure on them. Consider choosing short and sweet readings and preparing and practising with cue cards. A group reading shared by siblings or relatives might make it more enjoyable thanks to the mutual support.

Can children give speeches at weddings? Older children might embrace the moment to raise a glass and say a few words, but for littler ones, try these ideas
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Alternative roles

And if public speaking might just feel a little too much for the special children at your wedding, there are plenty of other roles ready to be taken. With ring bearer, attendants like bridesmaids, flower girls and pageboys, as well as best man and maid of honour for older children all up for grabs, you’re guaranteed to find a fabulous way to include your kids in your wedding. While we’re on the topic, you might want to try these six budget-friendly buys to keep children of all ages entertained (and a few adults too!).

Will you have children give speeches or readings at your wedding?

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