Need Wedding Toast Ideas?
Wedding toasts can be the most joyous and heartfelt part of any reception, but they can also feel cheesy and uncomfortable when they aren’t done well. Giving a toast can be nerve-wracking, but a little practice can make them much easier. Here are five simple wedding toasts ideas that you can pass along to your wedding party that will improve your wedding toasts.
Even if you are close with the couple, you shouldn’t assume that everyone at the wedding knows who you are. Toasts should always open with an introduction to give the audience context. However, skip the “for those of you who don’t know me” It’s cliché and sounds rehearsed. Simply say who you are and how you know the couple and proceed to embarrass them as much as possible lol.
Face the bride and groom
If you aren’t a confident public speaker, a good way to make the toast feel a little more comfortable is to face the bride and groom while you are giving it. This will help the toast feel more authentic and heartfelt. Then you won’t have to focus on a potentially large and intimidating crowd.
Don’t be afraid to bring up the past!
It’s no secret that we all have some funny stories from back in our college days! Don’t think twice about bringing those up! Toasts filled with humor are sure to give the guests a chuckle and embarrass our lovely couple too. Of course keep it clean for those who brought little ones!
…But never, under any circumstance, bring up Vegas!
Show your love
Even if you aren’t typically a very affectionate person, a wedding toast is the perfect opportunity to show your friends just how much they mean to you. Finish off the toast by talking about why you love having the couple in your life and wishing them the best for the future. Weddings are a time when it is completely okay to be sentimental.
Write it, then shorten it
Lengthy toasts can quickly get tiresome. Make your toast short and sweet, and it will make much more of an impact. A general rule is to keep your toasts to less than five minutes, but even that can feel long if you don’t have a compelling story to share about the couple. A good way to make sure your toast is concise is to write it, and then go through and take out everything that isn’t impactful or necessary. A short heartfelt toast is much more powerful than a long drawn out one.
Sing like no one is listening (except everyone is)!
If you have mad singing skills, let them shine! Choose a song that’s meaningful to the couple, change a few words, or maybe all of them, and get the rest of the wedding party in on it. Erica and Nicco’s wedding party completely re-wrote “Tipsy” by J-Kwon and it was awesome!
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