Making a toast at the wedding is a wonderful honor and even bigger responsibility. We’ve all been witness to a cringe-worthy wedding speech at one point or another and we don’t want that to be you! Here are 5 of our best wedding speech tips to ensure that your toast is top-notch and smoothly written.
Keep It Short and Sweet
We know you love the bride and groom, as does everyone in the audience. We’ve seen toasts carry on for far longer than the audience is willing to listen. 10 minute speeches are a no go! Most professionals suggest sticking to roughly 3 minutes to ensure your audience's attention is kept.
Don’t Make It All About Yourself
While this is an easy and honest mistake to make, you’ll want to avoid saturating the speech with stories about you. This is a tough one since you’ll still want to share context about your relationship with the bride and/or groom, along with some of your favorite memories. If you’re going to talk about yourself, be sure to emphasize your connection to the lucky couple.
Keep It Clean!
Staying away from crude jokes and vulgarity is a key to success during wedding toasts. We know it may make your fraternity brothers laugh but chances are, Grandma’s opinion of you carries weight. Stay away from sex, booze and drug jokes and you’ll knock it out of the park.
Inside Jokes Have a Time and Place
Though we all love a good inside joke or two, it’s only successful when everyone is in on the joke. If you’d like to share something that only a select few will understand, it might be acceptable to briefly explain the connection it has to your toast. If “you just had to be there,” do yourself a favor and leave it out.
Stay Away from the Extremes
Maintaining your composure is an important factor as a speech-giver, so it is your duty to be respectful. Though sobbing through your speech isn’t quite disrespectful, your job is to honor the bride and groom with your words. Practice your speech out loud beforehand, as it will ease your nerves and calm your emotions. On the same note, stay away from any stories that would embarrass either party. If you’re making the bride blush in a bad way, you might reconsider sharing that tidbit.
We wish you the best of luck during the upcoming days of your speech preparation! Keep these 5 tips for a brilliant wedding speech in mind while you write your toast and you’re bound to be a success. If you have any other helpful tips, feel free to comment them below or reach out to us on social media! Find us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.
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