Toasting a bride and groom is a traditional, are there any etiquettes regarding to giving a toast? Surely there are.
What etiquette involves in a wedding reception toast? Let’s learn about it together!
Who is to give a toast at the wedding reception?
Traditionally, the first toast at the wedding reception is made by the best man. This is the most formal of all wedding-related toasts, and it occurs after all the guests have been provided with champagne or other beverages. At a sit-down dinner, the toast is made as soon as everyone is seated; at a cocktail reception, it’s made after the couple arrives. It’s fine if the best man’s toast is the only one made. If other people will toast as well, the order might be:
1. The best man toasts the bride and groom
2. The groom toasts the bride and her family;
3. The (two) father(s) toast the bride and groom
4. The bride and groom toast each other.
How long will a toast last?
A toast is not a speech, so it should be relatively brief and lighthearted. You’ll never go wrong if you keep it short and sweet. The best toasts last a minute or two – three at the most – and can even be just a few lines.
Other do’s and don’ts:
1. It’s best to stay under two or three minutes.
2. Make sure all the glasses are full before you begin.
3. Don’t drink before delivering a toast. Sit down if the toast is for you. If you’re giving the toast, you should stand up.
4. Stand up and look around the room as you begin your toast so that all guests feel included in your well wishes to the newlyweds. Maintain eye contact with the bride and groom when you deliver a toast. As you finish your toast, make eye contact with the bride and groom as you raise your glass to toast their marriage.
5. Use your knowledge of the couple to start your toast with a tidbit about them, a personal anecdote about how you met the bride or groom or a quote that aptly describes them.
6. Don’t give a long string of characteristics. Rather choose a few adjectives, hitting the high points, i.e., she’s lovely, vivacious and kind.
7. Use tasteful humor and don’t do “in” jokes that only a few will get. You want to include, not exclude.
8. Stay PG-rated. There may be children there, and also it’s just good taste. It’s your responsibility on this important occasion to make sure you offend no one.
9. End your toast with well wishes, a congratulatory message or a blessing.
10. Practice your toast a lot beforehand.
11. Do not mention past girlfriends, past marriage, or past relationships. That’s what the stag party is for.
12. And don’t end with something negative which may slip into your mind if you aren’t prepared like, “And I hope their wedding doesn’t end in divorce like mine did.”
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