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Phrases for welcome speeches

Sometimes we get stuck in a vocabulary rut and wind up on repeat - using the same phrase over and over, and over again, trying to make it cover multiple and/or different situations.

And yet we know, words are like clothes. One size does does not fit all.

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Wordcloud Welcome Heart by Vera Kratochvil

The challenge of a welcome speech is to find alternate and apt ways to express yourself sincerely without resorting to a string of undifferentiated "same-old, same-old" phrases to greet your guests with.

What's the solution? Here's 3 suggestions to individualize or tailor your words.

1. Add an adjective

Try working in an adjective to describe your welcome more fully.

It could be a(n):

  • warm welcome
    "Luckily the weather has aligned with our wishes. The sun and I bid you a warm welcome."
  • hearty welcome
     "Let's raise up a hearty welcome, big and warm enough to hold you all ..."
  • cheerful welcome
    "It's my pleasure to extend a cheerful welcome to you all!"
  • cordial welcome
    "Fellow members, please join me in giving our guests the best of cordial welcomes."
  • glad welcome
    "It's a glad welcome we bring to you this morning, filled with the desires, hopes and dreams all of us share."
  • hospitable welcome
    "We're delighted to offer the most hospitable welcome we can."
  • amiable welcome
    "Dear guests, look around you! An amiable welcome full of friendship is yours."
  • gracious welcome
    "Our desire is to extend a gracious and inclusive welcome to all of you."
  • sociable welcome
    "Let's hear it for a sociable welcome! On the count of three, turn to your neighbor and say 'hello'. There are no strangers here, only
    friends we are yet to meet."
  • genial welcome
    "It's my pleasant duty to bid you all a genial welcome."
  • convivial welcome
    "On behalf of my colleagues, I wish you all a convivial welcome. We are going to have a merry and enjoyable time together."
  • agreeable welcome
    "The flags are flying. The balloons are ready for release. It's a great day, one we've been planning and waiting for. I'm sure you'll concur, this is an agreeable welcome."
  • pleasing welcome
    "It's gratifying to look around and see so many familiar faces. That's a pleasing welcome to what I know is a going to be a great
    conference ... "
  • pleasant welcome
    "You know what's great about these events? You are always assured of a pleasant welcome. This is feel-good central and we aim ..."
  • companionable welcome
    "Looking around I can see many familiar faces - peers, past and present colleagues. What a companionable welcome! It's great to see you all here ..."
  • grateful welcome
    "Many of you have made a huge effort to join us today. On behalf of us all, we are deeply appreciative and offer you our most grateful welcome."
  • friendly welcome
    "Today is the day we begin to learn to look through the eyes of others; to find out and experience what the world is like for them. It is also the day we grow bigger than our differences and offer to everyone regardless of historical rights and wrongs, a friendly welcome, an outstretched hand."
  • appreciative welcome
    "Wow, what a gathering we have here tonight. We've got dignitaries, celebrities, fans, and organizational members all brought together for one cause. Ours. Here's an appreciative welcome to you all."
  • superb welcome
    "Ladies and gentlemen, the room is ready. The tables are set. The band is playing our theme song. And the waiting staff are preparing to take your orders. This is a superb welcome, fit for royalty, and that's what you are to us."
  • delighted welcome
    "To our special guests; look around. See the smiles of everyone's faces? We are truly delighted to welcome you here today."
  • favored welcome
    "Ladies and gentlemen, tonight we have stars in the sky, and on stage. We are favored to welcome some the brightest the world has seen."
  • honored welcome
    "I look around the stage and am in awe with the collected expertise gathered here. We are deeply honored to welcome you."
  • big welcome
    "Here's to a big welcome for our guests; Lady Amelia Thistledown and Sir Roger Godfrey!"
  • huge welcome
    "Ladies and gentlemen, please give a huge welcome to ..."
  • rapturous welcome
    "Do you hear the applause? The audience joins me in a rapturous welcome! We are delighted to have you with us today."

2. What about your guests?

Could they be better described as:

  • esteemed guests
  • dear guests
  • cherished guests
  • respected guests
  • revered guests
  • much-loved guests
  • famous guests
  • expert guests
  • distinguished guests
  • honored guests
  • appreciated guests
  • knowledgeable guests
  • wonderful guests
  • popular guests

3. What about the word "guest"?

Would it be better to replace it with:

  • peers
  • colleagues
  • associates
  • friends
  • patrons
  • members
  • classmates
  • workmates
  • collaborators
  • fellow-travelers, nurses, teachers ... (insert the appropriate descriptor)
  • affiliates
  • visitors
  • citizens
  • cohorts

And lastly, have fun experimenting!

Do try mixing and matching your phrases for welcome speeches to fit the occasion. There are more flavors to "welcome" than vanilla!

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