Your friend has asked you to be Maid of Honor or Best Man for his or her wedding. Along with months of planning the big day comes one of the biggest responsibilities of all – the toast!
DO: Introduce yourself and your relationship to the bride (or groom) first. Thanking the bride or groom’s parents for hosting is also a nice touch, and another way to kill time while you get everyone’s attention.
DON’T: Tell too many inside jokes. If you “had to be there”, its better off left out.
DO: Keep it short. As Shakespeare said, “Brevity is the soul of wit.”
DON’T: Talk about the bride or groom’s past relationships. Clearly, those were not meant to be!
DO: Write it down if necessary. In this case it is more important to say what you had intended to say rather than go “off the cuff”.
DON’T: Drink too much beforehand. You want to be relaxed of course, but no one enjoys a slurred speech.
DO: Stay appropriate. Remember your audience. There is no reason to be raunchy around Nana.
DON’T: Forget the groom (or bride!). Make sure to include both the bride and groom in your toast, it is both of their big days.
DO: Be (at least a little) sentimental. Conclude with raising a glass to the bride and groom and wishing them a lifetime of happiness.