Wedding Toast Ideas
You don't have to be a public speaker to be looking for wedding toast ideas.
We aren't all born with the gift of gab or the amazing ability to speak eloquently in front of a group of people. In fact, most of us need a little courage in order to do that.
We've all seen those movies (ahem, cough! Bridesmaids! cough!) where the toasts either should be ended way earlier than they did or maybe never even happened at all. So who can blame you for wanting a little inspiration and a few ideas to help you in preparing your speech.
At our wedding, Jon and I were toasted by his brother, Keith. It was an unexpected and poignant speech prepared and given where we all raised our glasses with smiles on our faces.
Here is my list of wedding toast ideas:
- The number one trick to writing a toast is to make it personal - but not like embarrassingly personal (unless that's the kind of crowd you'll be in). Tell stories about the couple, include other family members, do not focus on yourself and keep it PG-13.
- If you are going for a laugh, don't get it at someone else's expense. This is not the time to bring up how much of a bridezilla the bride has been or how many girlfriends the groom has had before this big day. Also, avoid inside jokes unless you are willing to explain them. The point of a toast is to include everyone while addressing the couple getting married.
- Speak clearly. Don't ramble. Don't mumble. And don't apologize for anything unless it's part of a joke.
- Sign up for a group like Toastmasters to help get you prepared to speak in front of a crowd. They have chapters all over the nation.
- It's ok to be a little nervous as long as your genuine. It's not an easy thing to get up in front of everyone and start speaking at the center of attention. We all know that. But as long as you're genuine, it will go a long way.
- Crowds can smell desperation. If you are trying too hard, it is obvious. Just keep it casual. Don't try to use big words that you normally wouldn't or be a different person. Be yourself.
- Find a beautiful quote and write a speech around that. Tie in the couple and how this quote pertains to them.
- If all else fails, here is a great website to find sample toasts that you can use: keepandshare.com
Did you make a toast at someone's wedding? What did you do to make it special? I'd love to hear you're wedding toast ideas. Comment below.