The big day has finally arrived! You have spent time and energy into helping your friends or family members prepare for the wedding. You have maybe contributed by helping decorate, serve food, greet guests, or even taken part in the ceremony. Now that the ceremony has ended and the reception is beginning, you realize that it is almost time to make your toast at a wedding reception for your dear friends. If you want to make a memorable toast and to share openly with the bride and groom how much you care about them, you will want to spend some time planning what you will say.
Before the big moment arrives and it is time for to make your toast, it is important that you spend some time preparing. Think back over the years that you have known the Bride and Groom and consider if there are any special memories that you want to share. Spend time jotting down things that you want to make sure to remember to say, but be careful to only include appropriate topics for a large, formal gathering such as a wedding. Once you have several ideas written down, begin narrowing the list down to the few that you think would be best to share.
Once you have gone through and made notes to determine what you would like to say, it is important that you begin to practice it! A good place to do this can be at home in front of your mirror. If you feel silly talking to yourself, then you can ask a friend or family member to listen to your toast and to help you make any changes that are necessary. It is best if you can have the toast memorized so that you will be able to talk freely without having to look down at your notes when it comes time for you to make your toast at a wedding.
Once the big moment arrives, be sure to enjoy it! You are giving this toast because you love the Bride and Groom and you want to share that with them. If you are nervous, try to focus solely on the Bride and Groom. You can use wording such as “I’m so glad that the best friend I’ve ever known has now met the best friend he will ever know and that today, he made her his wife”.
Be sure to congratulate them during your speech and to end your toast by saying “Here’s to the Bride and Groom”, or you can use their names instead.