A Best Man Toast is an important part of any wedding and allows the newlyweds to be offered the best of luck and have glasses raised on their behalf. It often includes a quirky joke or two but also a degree on sincerity. Making a speech in public is not for everybody so how can you combat this? Sometimes, if you don’t feel comfortable making a long speech you can just propose a toast to the happy couple. This keeps it short and to the point with no waffling in-between. A toast can also happen at the end of the best man speech.
As our articles suggest, there are many approaches and styles to formulating a quality Toast. Here is a quick list of important points to remember and keep you right:
- Always plan your speech months in advance and do not attempt to adlib. Ask someone to listen to your speech before delivering it – better safe than sorry.
- Try to be a little funny without being rude or crude, there’s nothing worse than mentioning an ex-girlfriend or comparing his new bride to what could have been.
- Give a quick background on how you became friends and the lead up to being asked that big question “Will you… be my best man?” Don’t forget to mention the bride though; you don’t want it sound too much like a bromance.
- Talk using your face and arms; it will make you look much more comfortable – even though you are not!
- Thank the relevant people and ask the guests to raise their glasses as a conclusion.
- Don’t touch that alcohol until you’ve actually used the line “raise your glass to the happy couple” “to Mr. and Mrs. Smith”. Nobody wants a drunken best man toast this is when stories come out that are best left for private!
The good thing about a toast is that it’s short; you’re not giving a long speech and you get a drink at the end of it.
To sum up the role of the Best Man Toast is similar to becoming a Boy Scout. Always be prepared, don’t start forest fires but don’t comment on birds!