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Canadian Wedding Traditions & Inspo

Canadian Wedding Traditions & Inspo

The Speechy team love helping couples around the world make their wedding speeches memorable, and we’ve certainly picked up a surprise tradition or two along the way. Far from a one-size-fits-all approach, Canadian weddings are varied, interesting, and importantly, loads of fun. Here's how to make the most of your country's traditions.

(*Of course, if you’re looking for more than ‘advice’, check out all the different ways the Speechy team can help you write & deliver a great speech. Or check out our new AI-powered team member, SpeechyAI.)

Outside Bride

One thing about Canada is its sheer size. Like, it’s vast. The different provinces offer stunning outdoor backdrops, with scenic coastlines, sprawling prairies, glittering lakes, awesome mountains, and endless forests. So it’s fair to say Canadians are spoilt for choice when it comes to venue.

What’s more, as long as there’s a justice of the peace present, you can tie the knot anywhere you want, so courthouse weddings are a thing of the past and cool backyard weddings are increasingly popular.

Cheeky Nibbles

Poutine is an eastern-Canadian delicacy that’s perfect for couples planning on partying until the small hours. Keeping guests fed is definitely high on the wedmin priorities, and this dish is affordable and fun.

There’s not much more satisfying than poutine’s classic combo of cheese curds, fries and gravy after a day and night of celebrations.

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The Speeches

It’ll come as no surprise that our favourite Canadian tradition is centred on the speeches, and this one is really lovely.

Before making their toast, some newlyweds choose to speak about another couple who have influenced their marriage or been a big part of their lives when they needed them. It might be offering their congratulations to another couple who’ve just completed their first year of marriage, anyone who helped the newlyweds through a difficult patch, or it could be the inspiring story of someone from the family who’ve enjoyed a long and happy marriage.

We love this element of sharing knowledge and support. Crucially, this tradition lends itself to some great opportunities for finding humour and sharing some laughs too.

The Silly Sock Dance

Yes, really. In Quebec and other French-speaking parts of Canada, the bride and groom’s unmarried siblings can be asked to perform a dance at the reception while wearing ridiculous, brightly coloured, knitted socks. Well, obviously!

Guests can show their approval of the dancing display by throwing money at the siblings, which is then donated to the bride and groom. Suddenly it all makes sense!

This custom’s not going to be for everyone, so why not honour it with a modern twist – present the groomsmen with personalised socks – perhaps with the groom’s face printed on them. The silly dancing will just happen …

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Eco-Weddings

There’s growing concern in Canada surrounding climate change and it’s fair to say the wedding industry isn’t known for its eco-friendly credentials. 2021 weddings look set to be more climate-conscious, from favours, to outfits and venues.

We at Speechy are all for reducing the negative impact of weddings on the environment. Check out our blog on how to say ‘I do’ to each other and the planet. Wherever you’re getting married, whatever the customs you choose to incorporate into your wedding, the Speechy team can help you add an awesome moment to your day.

We work with couples around the world to help them deliver their dream speech and create a lifelong memory.

The Speechwriting Experts

The Speechy team are TV-trained scriptwriters/comedians by trade & we’ve helped 1,000s of speakers around the world deliver their dream speech.

Our advice has been quoted everywhere from The New York Times to Grazia and from Forbes to The Observer. Our founder has also featured on the BBC Sounds’ Best Men podcast with Jason Manford and written ‘The Modern Couple’s Guide to Wedding Speeches’, published by Little, Brown.

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''I had an unbelievable experience working with Speechy. From the moment I got in touch with them I felt supported and come the day of my best mans speech, it went down a storm with a standing ovation.''
''Speechy deserves more than 5 stars. (They) produced a factual, funny Mother of the Bride speech with just the right amount of emotion..... it was ingenious. Thank you so much for the wonderful & priceless memory of having delivered my speech at my daughter’s wedding and nailed it ... and got a standing ovation too. My children were very proud of me, including my new son-in-law! ''
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