Everything You Need To Know About Giving The Best Wedding Toast.
If you are one of the lucky few who get the opportunity to give a wedding toast then congratulations! We have everything you need to know about giving the best speech. Weddings make for the perfect occasion to raise a glass to someone’s happiness and good fortune. While it may seem nerve-wracking to those who have to get up in front of the couple’s family and friends, if you follow these tips, you will be just fine!
Let’s start off with who gives a toast.
Traditionally the Maid of Honor, Best Man and one parent from both sides are the ones giving the toasts. Of course, this is your wedding, so don’t feel like you need to stick to tradition!
Our suggestion is to keep the number of toasts at three to four people max. If you find yourself going over that number, have some of your family or friends give a speech during the rehearsal dinner. It’s a great way to honor your loved ones without taking too much time away from your reception.
Now, let’s talk about when toasts happen.
Here at Cross Creek Ranch, we have perfected our timeline. Once the happy couple is introduced into their reception, they will begin their first dance. After their first dance, the toasts will begin. The DJ will introduce each individual giving a toast and a microphone will be handed to them.
How long should a toast be?
We suggest a wedding toast should be anywhere between 2-3 minutes. That will leave you with enough time to express the enormous joy you feel as you watch the couple enter a new journey in life.
Now that you know how long the toast should be, what should be included in the toast?
Here is a great outline for you to use:
- Introduce yourself and talk about how you know the bride or groom. This is your opportunity to tell a good old (but short) story about a memory you shared.
- Address the couple so you are not giving a speech solely to one person.
- End with a piece of advice, raise your glass and cheers to the newlyweds as they embark on their new life together.
- Don’t be afraid to crack a few wedding appropriate jokes throughout.
- Write your speech down and practice!
- Keep the alcohol intake to a minimum so that you are able to give the best toast possible.
- Hold the mic up to your mouth and speak clearly.
- Make sure you are always in the photographer’s and videographer’s view. Or an easy way to say this: don’t move around too much.
- Have fun and stay calm, you are going to do great!