The speeches after a wedding meal are an important part of the celebrations.
The bride's father will welcome the groom into his family and talk about his daughter, the groom will reply on behalf of himself and his wife, thank the guests for coming and the bridesmaid's and best man for their help. The best man is tasked with thanking the groom on behalf of the bridesmaids. He will also read out some of the cards, emails and telegrams received. The best man will also talk about the groom and may well share a few embarrassing stories.