Outfits have been purchased. Gifts have been wrapped. Now it’s time to write your toast.
Where do you start? Some people tell us they can stare at a blank sheet of paper or gaze at a laptop screen for hours without inspiration.
We’re here to help with tips that will make the process easier and calm those butterflies.
- Remember the purpose of the toast. Your intent is to honor and congratulate the couple, encouraging others to join you in this celebration.
- Know your audience. Would a sentimental or funny approach work better? Are there people in the audience who would love to hear stories related to the couple?
- Start by mentioning your feelings about being asked to speak at the wedding. Are you excited? Honored? What makes you feel that way?
- Take a moment to talk about your relationship to the newlyweds, and share a favorite story.
- Discuss how both people complement one another. What makes their relationship work? Why is it so special? How will their married status enhance their lives?
- Ask guests to raise a glass as you deliver your closing remarks, ending with congratulatory wishes for lifelong happiness.
Follow these steps, and you’ll be able to write an appropriate, memorable tribute to the pair.
As you plan your delivery, keep these additional tips in mind:
- Make eye contact with the couple and wedding guests, including everyone in the room.
- Practice in advance so you’re more comfortable when you’re called upon to speak.
- Plan for a brief presentation of less than three minutes.
- Remain classy and appropriate.
- Avoid past relationships, inside jokes, use of expletives, and inappropriate humor.
- Limit your alcohol content prior to the speech to ensure your best performance.
Now we raise a virtual glass to you and your wonderful wedding toast!
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