So, you’ve been asked to give a toast at wedding? Don’t panic! Here are some helpful tips. First and foremost, some people call it a speech, but it’s really a toast. Why do I mention this? Because a speech is long, and a toast is not. You may be a wedding party member or a parent, and while you may know the couple very well, the intention of a toast is to verbalize your good wishes to the couple. It should be meaningful, but not drawn out. Your toast should be 3-5 minutes max!
Here’s a general outline to follow:
~Introduce yourself and let guests know your relationship to the couple. Not everyone will know who you are.
~Congratulate the couple. Express your happiness and what it means to you to witness their wedding.
~Skip those long stories about the couple’s childhoods.
~Keep the speech about the couple, and address them both.
~Never talk about old flames, past problems, or embarrassing situations – keep it classy.
~Keep it light and clean, and approach it with good intentions. This is a wedding, not a roast.
~Have your toast written down, and practice – don’t wing it.
Raise your glass (invite everyone to do the same) and take a sip.