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Ad for a book about "Bride Speeches" freaked me out - do I need to give a speech?!?

I am not afraid of publc speaking in any way shape or form but when I saw an ad for a book about how to write your bride speech I kinda freaked out.  I don't think I have ever been to a wedding where the bride gave a speech!  The BM...yes...the MOH...yes...the FOB...yes...I have even seen the groom thank the guests for coming but I have never seen a bride give a speech.  This is not an aspect I have thought of.  What do you knotties think about bride speeches?  Yes, No, or Maybe SO?
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Re: Ad for a book about "Bride Speeches" freaked me out - do I need to give a speech?!?

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    Eww, lol I would never give a speech!  But me, I don't do public speaking or anything like that.  I've also never heard of or seen this....  I'd do the whole personal thank you's, etc...
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    You certainly do not need to give a speech. I've never seen the bride or groom give a speech.
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    Thanks girls!  I have not seen this done either and wondered if I was missing something big I needed to be thinking of!
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    Sorry, I've seen it done.  And I plan on doing one myself.  :)
    It is the same thing as the groom giving the speech.  Generally I've seen couples do this speech together.  But if you want to let your new husband do all the talking, go for it.  As long as one of you gives a thank you toast, I think it's totally fine.  
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    tenofcups4metenofcups4me member
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    I usually see the bride and groom give a short thank you speech together. Personally, I think it's really nice -- it's their party; it makes sense they would take a moment to thank their guests.

    My ex- and I stood up together and both spoke at my first wedding.

    ETA: But you certainly don't need a book to give a minute's heartfelt thanks.
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    I did the "thank the guests for coming" thing.  Then again, we didn't have a groom (it was a same-sex wedding), so we would have been waiting a long time if we had waited for the groom to give that speech.
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    FI is an awesome public speaker so I'll have him do the thanks for coming speech.  I'll do a rehearsal dinner speech.  :)
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