Giving a toast at a wedding? Don’t feel like you need to tell the couple’s entire life story. …or any horribly embarrassing stories at that. Something hilarious to you & your group of friends may be a bit shocking to Memaw. Here are a few tips to make sure your toast gets a round of applause:
- Notecards aren’t necessarily required, speak from the heart. But if you feel more comfortable with them near by, write key phrases & pointers instead of the entire speech word for word.
- If you’re nervous about giving the toast, avoid booze beforehand. Take a minute or two to yourself somewhere quiet to gather your thoughts.
- When in doubt remind yourself, “more about the couple, less about me”.
- Can’t figure out a way to wrap up your toast? Sign off with “To the Bride & Groom!” while you raise your glass.
Afraid of being roasted instead of toasted at your own wedding? Here a few steps you can take to avoid turing red:
- It’s perfectly alright to ask your DJ not to accept any open mic “shout outs” during the reception.
- Approach a few of your nearest & dearest to say a few words at your wedding. You don’t have to tell them what to say, but steer them in the direction of what you’re thinking time-wise & at what point in the night to give their toast.
- Double check the people you ask are comfortable giving a toast (some may be shy!).