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If you are reading this, you are obviously involved in a wedding either as the wedding couple or this has been shared with you by someone who wants you to be awesome when you give your toast at a loved one’s wedding.
So your role in the wedding couple’s day includes giving a toast at their reception. If you truly care about your role and this couple; you will spend hours thinking about this toast, writing this toast, and perfecting this toast.
Let’s discuss some things you will need to consider regarding your toast.
- The most important part of giving a toast is to be prepared. The reason that people on television make it look so easy is because they are so prepared that they make it look easy. If you are being trusted to give a toast, DON’T WING IT.
- Be aware of how much you have to drink prior to giving your toast. NO ONE LIKES A RAMBLING DRUNK.
- President Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “Be sincere, be brief, and be seated.” No truer words have ever been spoken. When writing your toast, consider how long it is. You may want to actually rehearse it in a mirror or read it to someone else and time it. Rehearsing it may also help condition you to get through any sincere parts of the toast that may be emotional.
- If you are going to include stories, consider if they will be appreciated by the entire room or just by a very select few. If the answer is a very select few, consider sharing them during the rehearsal dinner with the people who will appreciate them the most and on the wedding day, make sure your words are appreciated by everyone.
- Being funny is great if you are a funny person however if you aren’t, you really don’t want to bomb as the “comedian” at someone’s wedding who felt close enough to you to ask you to give a toast. DO NOT GET RAUNCHY. No one wants to hear about exs’, and you don’t want to embarrass anyone due to something stupid they may have done in their past.
- Include both members of the couple in your toast. You will inevitably be closer to one of the members of the wedding couple. Make sure your toast is about both of them however.
- UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCE SHOULD YOU EVER DROP THE MIC. It may look cool on television when a celebrity does it however not all djs carry a back up microphone and you may have just caused a huge problem not to mention a costly bill for the newlyweds.
If the wedding couple has hired quality entertainment, your dj, emcee, or band leader will introduce you when it is time to give your toast. Please watch this 55 second long video and then go back to tweaking your toast so that it does not sound like every single toast that has ever been given at a wedding. When you watch the video you will understand. Enjoy and make your toast awesome. The wedding couple will appreciate it.
Here is a toast that will make you laugh. Enjoy.