The Do’s and Don’ts of Wedding Toasting!
When it comes to making toasts for someone’s special day, a lot of people really get it wrong. It can either go really good, or really bad – there isn’t often an in-between. You may be absolutely clueless about how to make the perfect wedding toast, but don’t worry, these tips will help you to put together some really special words for a really special couple!
1) A toast should have character by including a bit of background, a bit of comedy, a bit of emotion, and a conclusion.
2) If you are too nervous to make up an entire toast, remember that usually someone else has already said it better – so go for a heartfelt poem.
3) Don’t speak only directly to the bride and groom, speak to the entire room. They all are listening to the story that you have to tell.
4) Try not to read from notes or index cards when making a toast. Nothing screams “unprepared” more than that. Memorize your toast and write out a few key phrases – just in case you get a little stage fright – and then try to freestyle as much as you can.
5) When it comes to the time of your toast, remember that people are there to have a good time. They don’t want to be sitting for half an hour listening to you drool on. A safe toast length would be about 5 minutes, after that some people may start loosing concentrating and start thinking about how they haven’t had a thing to eat all day yet.
6) If you make a joke and nobody laughs – own it! Say something sarcastic like “well, that was supposed to be funny” and that in itself will generally make people laugh and save you.
7) Make sure you don’t have one too many drinks before you make your toast. You want to have a little liquid courage so that you are not nervous, but you don’t want to overdo it and get sloppy and embarrassing.
8) You can’t go wrong with romance at a wedding. A line like “I knew that Tyler and Skye were a perfect fit when…”
9) End it off with a nod of support, and inviting your guests to raise a glass and toast to the happy couple.