Making a toast at a wedding is no easy task. You’re trying to impress the closest of the close of the bride and groom and oftentimes, that means they’re close to you too! While there is nothing we can say to get rid of those nerves, we do have a couple of tips that will ensure your toast is memorable…in the best way possible!
Save the Jokes
You may be the jokester of the group and of course, you want that personality to shine. But there is a time and a place for the jokes. Stick to a couple of funny one-liners but then make sure you bring out your serious side too!
And that brings me to my next point…if you’re not a funny person, don’t try to be. There is nothing worse than cracking a joke and getting no laughs in return. Not everyone is born to be a comedian (myself included), so make sure you are acting like the person you truly are. Let that personality shine through…your true personality, that is.
The Personal Touch
A personal story always makes for a great toast. Tell the story of when you first met the bride or groom, or when you met their (now) husband or wife. Bring the parents into your story to make this day especially memorable for them, and tell the guests why that memory will stay with you for life, or how it defines your friendship.
Know Your Audience
This is not the time or the place to re-tell your wild teenage stories. You may have had a great time sneaking out of the house and it is my hope that you’ve grown out of that teenage phase, but remember, there are aunts, uncles, parents, grandparents and possibly even grand-parents there who will cherish this wedding for life. And those memories are not ones that they want to be part of their memory of this special day. And believe me, they will never forget it!
Short and Sweet
Time and time again, a Best Man gets up there and decides to tell fifteen of his favorite stories for everyone to hear. I know it is an emotional time and he just has so much to say about his best friend, but no matter the story, we get bored. So keep it short, sweet, and to the point. And the guests will enjoy it far more than a 10-minute story about your camping trip back in middle school when you first became friends.
Just remember, let your true personality and true love for the bride and groom shine through in the shortest, most positive, and classiest way you can think of. And practice makes perfect ☺