A Few Tips on Wedding Toasts
Paperia | July 2014
There are many toasting opportunities throughout a wedding celebration! Whomever hosts the rehearsal dinner (most typically the groom’s parents), will kick off the celebratory festivities with a welcoming toast. Sometimes the bride and groom will choose to deliver a toast of gratitude to their parents and bridal party at the rehearsal dinner, as well. Then, at the wedding reception, it is common to hear from the host (most often the bride’s parents), the best man, maid of honor, and sometimes other bridal party members.
What to say?
During your speech, you’ll want to honor the couple on the special occasion of their marriage. Some ways you might do this is by recalling a funny memory, describing the first time you met, or by highlighting some of the bride and/or groom’s unique and wonderful qualities. Be sure to keep it tasteful (no mention of exes, the bachelor/ette party, etc.) and appropriate for all in attendance.
Depending on your role at the wedding, it is also common practice to thank the hosts for their hospitality, welcome guests and travelers, and to comment on the breathtakingly gorgeous bride.
How to say it?
It’s best to write and rehearse your toast a few weeks before the big day, so you are comfortable with the content and confident in your delivery.
The best wedding toasts are honest, heartfelt, and concise. Two to five minutes is a nice length, especially if your audience is awaiting a meal.
Make sure you speak slowly and clearly into the microphone, so that even those way in the back can hear you. When you have finished your remarks, conclude by facing the couple and raising your glass as you deliver your final wishes for the couple.
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