The tradition of having a wedding toast goes way back to Ancient Greece, while the origin of the name is French. The role of the toast is to address a few thank-you words to your wedding guests, but there are also cases where certain guests can toast in honor of the newlywed couple.
Probably the most important thing you need to know when giving a toast if to speak from the heart. It does not matter if you’re speech is emotional or funny, what really matters is for you to be natural and to say what you really feel. You can use the internet for some inspiration, but guests will appreciate this moment a whole lot more if they feel that your words are authentic.
But no matter how natural you are, you need to prepare your speech before-hand. Don’t procrastinate – write several variations for your speech before the wedding and pick the one which is most appropriate and suitable to your personality.
After having written your speech, make sure you read it out loud. This is the only way you can figure out if everything sounds good. Even more, you will find it easier to memorize it and you will be able to create a moment similar to the toast you’ll be having on your actual wedding day. Think back to your school days – was it not easier to prepare for a presentation if you rehearsed your speech before, at home?
Make sure that your toast is addressed to everyone at the wedding. Talk to your guests, close friends, bridal party, in-laws, relatives and also to your spouse.
Also remember that if you have others that want to give their own speeches, not all of them have to speak at once. Give everyone their special moment. The wedding etiquette does, however, suggest an order for each – the groomsmen, the bridesmaids, the groom, the bride, the parents of the bride, the parents of the groom. But since it’s your own wedding, you can choose the toast order yourself.
Don’t forget to save the speech. Most couples don’t just keep the wedding photos, but they also like to have an invitation, a copy of the menu or the speech they wrote.