Wedding Toasts to the Newly Weds

This is specifically in the event that you are the best man. The origins of the Best man’s toast started with the French, who placed a piece of bread in the bottom of a glass, then drank down “to the toast”. No wedding function can be complete without a wedding toast to the newly weds. Toasts are an essential ingredient of any wedding.

Being chosen as the best man is quite a great honor. Well yes, we must have all heard that giving a best man speech is a little like being asked to kiss the Queen Mother. But, it’s not as hard as it may seem. If the speech is kept short and sweet, and of course with a little dash of humor, your best man toast shall be perfectly smooth. Having to speak in front of audience can get you a little nervous, but it’s your friends wedding and you will have to give a sweet toast to make them feel special. Nobody can give a flawless toast, but here are a couple of tips that you can consider to avoid an awkward moment:

• Just be yourself, talk about thing that you genuinely feel like sharing. Just because you have been chosen as the best man does not mean that you have to give a toast in an overly super duper formal format.

• The key to avoid awkwardness is to keep your toast short. Short and sweet remember? As a rule of thumb, try sticking to speaking for about 2-4 minutes. Make sure you don’t exceed 5 minutes. Keeping your toast short can be super effective.

• Always prepare your toast right in advance. It will be helpful if you write down your toast. Writing it down would help you to practice it and get perfect at it.

• There is a high possibility that most guests may not know how you know the bride and groom, so try to let people know about how you met the couple-to-be.

• Well, it’s a tradition to thank the parents and guests for attending, and not just that it’s always nice to be subtle and thank the people who have paid for the wedding.

• You can make it interesting by telling a nice heartwarming story or you can also share a funny incident that involves the couple or just the groom.

• Make sure that the story is quite appropriate for all age groups, we don’t want censored words in front of the kids, do we?

• Make your friend feel special, talk about him and his virtues. Talk about the good times you shared, Boost up his confidence by saying how great husband he will be, and how lucky the bride can be.

• Last but not the least, don’t forget to do the most important thing, the best man’s toast. But how you end it can be totally up to you. End it with a quote or just raise your glass and offer a toast to the soon to be wedded happy couple.

A very lovely English toast goes like this:

Love, be true to her, Life, be dear to her, Health, stay close to her, Joy, draw near to her, Fortune, find what you can do for her, Search your treasure house through for her, Follow her footsteps the wide world over and keep her husband always her lover.

Toast with love

People just love the idea of free wedding toasts. They enable some of the principals at the wedding with an opportunity to put their feelings into words and to express the collective feelings of everyone there. The toasts are also the first chance to introduce another essential ingredient: humor. As the toasts end, the newly weds and the friends and relatives who have contributed to the day’s success can relax and enjoy themselves.

However, in order to ensure that the wedding toasts are done perfectly, it is better to learn the toasts and their intricate details beforehand. Before proposing a toast, ensure that everyone’s glass is filled.

How to toast?

It is up to you to choose whether you say a traditional wedding toast or be creative and compose an original toast. Either way, raise your glass with your right hand straight ahead from the shoulder.

The clinking of glasses is a tradition rooted in earliest human history: people have always made a noise, like ringing a bell or clinking a glass, in order to ward off evil spirits. Toasts are always offered with a sip of champagne, wine, a mixed drink or non-alcoholic punch, but never with tea, coffee or water. Whatever the beverage, it is served first to the bride, then the groom, then the maid of honor, then the parents and lastly the best man.

A note to remember

Any wedding toast should always end with a formal indication to the guests to alert them and tell them what to say. For example, “Please join in a toast to the happiness of Joe and Jane. Jane and Joe!” The recipient of a toast, does not stand, or raise your glass, or take a sip of your drink, but will thank the toasters or give a smile and graciously nod. There is no need for a return toast.