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How to Write a Wedding Toast: Examples, Tips, and Advice

Make sure your moment in the spotlight is memorable—in a good way!

Jaimie Mackey was the real weddings editor at Brides from 2013 to 2015. She also worked as a luxury wedding planner and produced over 100 high-end weddings and events in Colorado

Photo by Olivia & Dan Photography

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Figuring out how to write a wedding toast can be an incredibly intimidating and nerve-inducing task. Wedding toasts can go one of two ways: They’re either hilarious, memorable, and totally sweet, or a train wreck waiting to happen. Every couple hopes the speeches at the reception fall into the first category, but there’s no guarantee—until now.

To combat those awful speeches, Marisa Polansky and Kristine Keller founded Speech Tank , offering completely custom, one-of-a-kind toasts for any occasion. And what better reason to turn to the experts than for your best friend’s wedding? We sat down with Polansky and Keller to get the inside scoop on writing a totally killer speech . With their help, your audience will be begging for an encore!

Meet the Expert

  • Marisa Polansky is a book editor, author, and co-founder of Speech Tank, a collaborative speech-writing service for any occasion.
  • Kristine Keller is a writer and the co-founder of Speech Tank.

Wedding Toast Template

Your wedding toast should be meaningful, but not drawn out. Make sure to have a beginning, middle, and end.

While everyone's speech will be unique to them and their relationship with the couple, we put together a general outline to help you get started.

  • Congratulate the couple. Express how happy you are that the two of them are getting married and what it means to you to witness it.
  • Introduce yourself. Not everyone will know you met the bride or groom at the fourth-grade space camp, so be sure to let guests know about your relationship with the couple before you dive into your speech.
  • Tell a (curated) story. When you’re writing your speech, “Choose anecdotes that all fit a theme and support your argument,” Keller says. The theme will help tie it together, making your toast feel intentional instead of random.
  • Address both partners. You may not know them both well, but you shouldn’t focus all of your attention on your friend and ignore their new spouse. “Even if you’ve only met your friend’s partner once or twice before, find a way to include him or her in your toast,” Polansky says. “Tell the story of their engagement or share something your friend told you about them that proves what a great partner he or she is.”
  • Go for the crowd-pleasers. “Anything that’s an inside joke may have been funny at the time, but no one else will understand what you’re talking about,” Keller says. “Run your stories and jokes by a neutral audience to see if they are as funny as you think.” And remember, a little humor is fine, but this is a toast, not a roast!
  • Raise your glass for a toast. To wrap up your speech, invite everyone to raise their glass to the couple, or to love, etc., then cheers glasses together and take a sip.

Don’t count on your phone, which may lock or turn off mid-speech. Instead, print out your toast or put it on note cards for reference. “It’s your moment to have the floor, so don’t risk forgetting your point!” Keller says.

Wedding Toast Tips

Here are Polansky and Keller's best tips for writing and delivering your wedding toast.

  • Just get started. It’s your big moment, but figuring out where to start can be tough. “When we work with our clients, we always start with a stream of consciousness,” Keller says. “We ask them to just start telling us stories. You might not think every anecdote is important, but all of a sudden you’ll land on a real gem.”
  • Start writing things down. When you’re doing this at home on your own, Polansky says to just start writing stuff down. “Put it all down on paper. Don’t worry about editing as you’re writing, just get it out and then go back and pick and choose details when you’re done.” This will help you identify a theme, which is what you’ll need to make your toast really memorable.
  • Use examples. “If you’re trying to make a point about the bride or groom's personality—say, that she or he's particularly loyal—don’t just say that and move on. Pick a specific moment that proves your point. Have something to back it up!” Polansky says. Including some proof will make sure your listeners really buy what you’re saying about the couple.
  • Make it quick. “The best length for a toast is about three minutes,” Polansky says. “It’s enough time to say what you need to say, but short enough that you’ll still have everyone’s attention when you ask them to raise their glasses to toast the happy couple.”
  • Practice. Think you know what three minutes feels like? Think again. “Practice reading your speech out loud (not in your head!) and time yourself,” Polansky says. “Don’t wing it, especially if you’re nervous,” Polansky continues. “Give yourself time to prepare. Practice with an audience to check your timing, and give yourself time to make edits.”
  • Don't overstuff your speech. “If you’re a fast talker, try to slow yourself down so everyone will understand you,” Polansky says. Better to cut a few lines than to try to fit a 10-minute toast into a three-minute time frame!
  • Keep it clean-ish. This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s important to know your audience. “Cursing and stories about exes are totally off-limits,” Keller says.
  • Don't embarrass the couple. “Ask yourself how each story will present the couple. If it sheds any negative light on either person, avoid it.” Continues Polansky, “Think about how close you are with the family as well as who you know will be there. Will it make the bride or groom's great aunt uncomfortable?”

Every time you feel nervous, tell yourself you're excited instead.

Get Brainstorming!

Now that you know the basics, here are a few questions to ask yourself to help you get started writing that killer wedding toast.

  • What is your first memory of the bride/groom?
  • What is your favorite memory of the bride/groom?
  • What did they say when they first told you about their partner?
  • How did you know they were meant to be?
  • What has the bride/groom or the couple as a whole taught you?
  • What qualities do you admire in them?
  • When are times that they displayed these qualities?

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Couple toasting during wedding reception

  • Chapelle writes articles for The Knot Worldwide. She covers all things wedding-related and has a personal interest in covering celebrity engagements and fashion.
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Chapelle was an editorial intern for Subvrt Magazine.
  • Chapelle has a degree in English writing from Loyola University New Orleans.

Giving wedding toasts are an honor, but it can certainly be a nerve-wracking experience too. But whether you're the best man, mother of the groom , daughter of the bride , or the soon-to-be newlyweds, making a wedding toast can be a breeze if you follow a few simple tips. For the best oratory advice, we turned to Katelyn Peterson , owner of Wedding Words writing services, and Beth Sherman , a speaker and Emmy-winning comedy writer who dish on how to give a wedding toast at any wedding-related event.

As a bonus, we included example wedding toasts made in an easy-to-use Mad Lib format, the best quotes to add to your toast, toast prompts and much more. Get ready to make the best wedding toast in the history of public speaking with this comprehensive guide below.

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Who Gives a Wedding Toast

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Traditionally, the newlyweds' parents, the honor attendants and the couple make wedding toasts. But that doesn't mean you can't have other loved ones speak. Ask whoever you feel is comfortable with public speaking and has the time to write a toast, then let them know where they are in the wedding toast order.

Now that you know who gives toasts at the wedding, you can organize who speaks when––the more organized, the smoother the process. Tell each speaker who is before and after them ahead of time so no one accidentally interrupts someone else. Also, you'll be busy during the reception, so ask your wedding planner to help ensure each speaker is ready for their turn. Here is the traditional wedding toast order:

  • The parents of the newlyweds (or hosts)
  • The maid of honor
  • The best man

Writing a wedding toast should be more fun than writing a school paper, but you might consider starting the same way by creating an outline. Here's how to format short wedding toasts from start to finish.#

Introduce yourself.

Briefly explain who you are and how you know the couple so everyone understands why you were chosen to speak. For example, if you're the maid of honor, say, "Hi everybody! I'm Adam Johnson, the man of honor. I've been best friends with the lovely brides since high school." Of course, if you're the newlyweds you can skip this step.

Express gratitude.

"When in doubt, thank. You'll never regret adding a thank you, but you will regret forgetting one," Sherman, who wrote jokes and presenter copy for A-list celebrities like Tom Hanks , says. If you're a member of the wedding party, Sherman suggests thanking your hosts. If you're one of the hosts, thank your guests for their love, support and attendance on your special day.

Make sure to gush over the newlyweds.

Talk about your relationship with the happy couple during your wedding toast. Use one to three short anecdotes that illustrate who that person is to you. Then sing their new partner's praises and share why you think the two are a good match. The newly married couple can talk about how they met and what made their relationship so strong––divulge as much as you're comfortable with.

Have a good closer.

"Detail your wishes for their future or any advice you want to share," Peterson, who has helped people write for wedding-related events for more than six years, says. Then, per Sherman's advice, raise your champagne glass and toast to the lovebirds before heading to the dance floor . For the couple's closer, they can share their favorite love quote or parting words before announcing the next reception activity.

Groomsmen toasting at a wedding

If you're thinking of adding quotes to your wedding toast, keep in mind that "the couple wants to hear from you...not a ' Grey's Anatomy ' character," Peterson explains. If you still feel like you need a little help, it won't hurt to include a love quote or two, as long as it's relevant to the couple and illustrates the greater message about who the pair is. "If you're including a quote, it's best to have it feel as if there's a reason it's there," Sherman explains.

Some of Sherman's favorite examples: Referencing a relevant line from a song by a band that's significant to the couple or including a religious quote if faith is important to them. Keep reading to see the best wedding toasts that anyone from the father of the bride to the best friend can snag for the big day.

  • "For true love is inexhaustible; the more you give, the more you have." - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (French writer)
  • "When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible." - When Harry Met Sally (1989)
  • " Love isn't something you find. Love is something that finds you." - Loretta Young (American actress)
  • "A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person." - Mignon McLaughlin (American journalist)
  • "What's meant to be will always find a way." - Trisha Yearwood (American country singer)
  • "I don't want to sound foolish, but remember love is what brought you here. And if you've trusted love this far, don't panic now. Trust it all the way." - If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)
  • "May this marriage be full of laughter, our every day in paradise." - Rumi (Persian poet)
  • "A good marriage is a contest of generosity." - Diane Sawyer (American television broadcast journalist)
  • "I love you very much, probably more than anybody could love another person." - 50 First Dates (2004)
  • "With a love like that. You know you should be glad." - The Beatles (English rock band)
  • "Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing, and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses." - Ann Landers (American columnist)
  • "How wonderful life is while you're in the world." - Elton John (British singer)
  • "Look, in my opinion, the best thing you can do is find a person who loves you for exactly what you are. Good mood, bad mood, ugly, pretty, handsome, what have you. The right person is still going to think the sun shines out of your ass." - Juno (2007)
  • "Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies." - Aristotle (Greek philosopher)
  • "I think I'd miss you even if we'd never met." - The Wedding Date (2005)
  • "A good marriage is one where each partner secretly suspects they got the better deal." - Anonymous
  • "Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage." - Lao Tzu (Chinese philosopher)
  • "You are my sun, my moon, and all my stars." - E.E. Cummings (American poet)

Just because you're unsure about what to say in a wedding toast doesn't make you a bad person. Even if you've known the happy couple since birth (or you birthed one of them yourself), it can be tricky to get your thoughts on paper. Here are some of our experts' favorite brainstorming prompts.

  • What makes you grateful for your friendship?
  • What qualities do they have that you don't?
  • What was the most fun time you've had together?
  • What was the worst vacation you two took together? What went wrong and how did they react?
  • What are your wishes for their future?
  • What do you believe is the key to a happy marriage?
  • Why do you think this couple will have a successful marriage?
  • What does each partner bring out in the other?
  • What does true love mean to you, and how do you feel this couple shares that?
  • How did you first meet?
  • What bonded you as friends?
  • Are the to-be-weds a crazy super-fan of anyone or anything?
  • When did you first hear about your loved one's future spouse?
  • What was it like when you met their partner for the first time, and what was the couple like together?
  • For siblings and parents, what was the to-be-wed like as a kid?

A couple making a toast at their wedding

If this is your first wedding toast, it's certainly helpful to hear or read others' words before making your own. Here are four wedding toast templates in Mad Lib format to guide you during your writing session. Have fun filling in the blanks and personalizing these toasts as much as possible.

Parent Toast Example

_[Your child's name]_ has always been _[adjective]_ , and I've _[verb]_ _[your child's pronoun]_ for that. _[Your child's name]_ would go into every _[your's child favorite hobby]_ , class project or job interview with such _[noun]_ and _[noun]_ it used to _[emotion]_ me and question where _[your child's name]_ got it from. But looking at _[your child's pronoun]_ smile today while next to _[the spouse's name]_ has made me realize what it was all for. _[The spouse's name]_ , just know that _[your child's name]_ will never stop doing everything possible to show _[your child's pronoun]_ loves you because _[your child's pronoun]_ heart won't let _[your child's pronoun]_ . Cheers to the newlyweds. I hope your passion for one another deepens with each passing day.

Couple getting married by officiant at the altar

Sibling Toast Example

As the _[your relationship to the newlywed]_ , you probably expect me to say something about how I hated sharing the _[a thing or place]_ with _[your sibling's name]_ or how being forced to listen to _[your sibling's pronoun]_ _[name of your sibling's favorite band]_ playlist while dropping _[your sibling's pronoun]_ off at school was a nightmare growing up but I really want to acknowledge how proud I am of who _[your sibling's pronoun]_ has become. _[Your sibling's name]_ is the most _[adjective]_ , _[adjective]_ and _[adjective]_ person I know, and I'm _[emotion]_ to have __[your sibling's pronoun]__ as a __[your relationship to the newlywed]__ . I'm so happy _[your sibling's name]_ has found someone so deserving of all his love. Cheers!

Wedding Party Toast Example

What makes these two _[adjective]_ is how their love fills up a room. No, not in a __[adjective]___ way, but in a way that makes you __[adjective]_ inside, and wish you could find something just a little close to what they have. You all are truly relationship goals, and I can't wait to see how your love __[verb]__ even more over the years. Raise your glass to _[the newlywed's names]__ as they build a new life together.

Couple Toast Example

_[Your name & your partner's name]_ are _[emotion]_ that all of you took the time to _[verb]_ with us tonight. Our wedding planning journey and honestly...journey as a couple wouldn't be the same without all your _[noun]_ and _[noun]_ . Thank you so much for being here. Now raise a glass to yourselves, and let's _[verb]_ !

Here are some final words of wisdom from our wedding toast pros. These are the most important dos and don'ts for wedding toasts.

Keep it concise.

"You don't need to say things like, 'For those of you who don't know me,'" Peterson explains. "Instead, just state your name, role and relation to the couple." Your toast should only be two to five minutes long so get straight to the point. Here's an example introduction from Peterson: "Hi everyone! I'm Jessica Davis, the maid of honor, and I've known this beautiful bride since we met at summer camp in middle school."

Worried about your public speaking nerves or your tendency to shed more tears than the room might be ready for? The best way to diffuse the situation and create humor is to be upfront. "Your honesty lets the other guests see every shake and voice crack as a testament to the magnitude of your affection for the person you're speaking about," Sherman says. Sherman worked with a best man who added this line at the beginning of his toast: "So if I pass out, all I ask is that someone drags me back to my table in time for cake."

Prepare ahead of time.

You should write down your toast, practice it out loud several times, and bring it with you. "No matter how strong of a public speaker you are, don't go into the wedding with plans to 'wing it,'" Peterson says. It's also more than okay to read your typed or handwritten toast at the event. Just ensure you're not reading the toast from your phone––wedding photographers say the phone casts an unflattering light that doesn't look great in photos.

As Sherman puts it: "A wedding toast isn't a TED talk or a Broadway show. The audience doesn't have any expectation of memorization. You don't lose a single point going up there with the toast in hand." Ideally, after practicing out loud your wedding toast will be almost memorized. This will allow you to use it as a guide so you're not reading it straight off the page.

Be specific.

The golden rule of all creative writing: Show, don't tell. Keep that in mind as you prepare your toast. Detailed examples are key here. "Don't just tell us the groom loves the bride 'so much.' Give us indisputable evidence," Sherman urges. "I wrote a speech for a maid of honor who told me that the groom slept with an EpiPen under his pillow because he's violently allergic to cats , and the bride has three. That's love."

Ensure everyone can hear you.

"If people can't hear you clearly, they won't react to what you say. No reaction means no laughter, and you'll be distracted wondering why all your jokes are falling flat," Sherman says. Fortunately, this can be avoided by annunciating and opening with one simple line: "Can everybody hear me?" This question will earn a few cheers and claps, which can help any nervous speaker feel at ease.

Don't tell too many inside jokes.

While you and the to-be-weds might get a kick out of your quips, it might be a little awkward if none of the wedding guests can follow along. "Design a speech everyone can enjoy. Inside jokes exclude the majority of guests. Opt for inclusive stories for the biggest impact," Peterson suggests.

On the other hand, inside jokes can paint a highly personal picture of who the happy couple is. So if you do include personal references, Sherman suggests making sure they don't go over anyone's head by adding a word or two of explanation. "Make sure every guest can follow every joke and every story. Imagine listening to your speech if you were someone's plus one or aunt," Sherman says.

Don't bring up past planning stressors.

Were there some tough moments or emotional decisions leading to the wedding day? Peterson says you shouldn't mention them, even if you think everyone might laugh about it now. "Couples work so hard to make their wedding day happen. The last thing they want to rehash during the reception is how the tuxes almost didn't arrive or how COVID forced them to cut their guest list," Peterson explains.

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How to Write a Wedding Toast: 10 Tips & Examples

Rachael Pace

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A wedding toast is an important tradition in many cultures, as it gives friends and family a chance to celebrate the love and commitment of the newlyweds publicly.

Learning how to write a wedding toast is important because it’s a way for friends and family to show their support and love for the newlyweds. It can also be a platform for friends and family to share special memories and moments about the couple and their relationship.

Who gives a toast at weddings?

Traditionally, the best man, the couple’s parents, give toasts at weddings. However, other members of the wedding party, close friends, and family members may also give toasts.

Parents often give wedding toasts to express their love and support for the newlyweds and to wish them a happy and fulfilling future together. They might share memories and stories about the couple, offer advice and well wishes, and raise a toast to their future happiness.

How to write a wedding toast?

Finding the right words to express your emotions and feelings about the couple and their relationship can be challenging. So, you may wonder how to write a wedding toast; start by thinking about the couple and what you admire about their relationship.

Write down some wedding toast ideas and brainstorm about the couple, their love story, and what you want to say in the toast. Draft a structure for your toast, including an opening, body, and conclusion.

The opening should grab the audience’s attention, while the body should provide more detail about the couple and their relationship. The conclusion should be a heartfelt well-wish for the newlyweds.

Practice your toast several times to get comfortable with the delivery, and make any final edits or adjustments. Remember, the toast is a celebration of love, and your goal is to add to the joy and happiness of the occasion.

10 wedding toast examples

A toast in wedding is a way to commemorate the occasion and the start of the couple’s life together, and it will be remembered for years to come. Most importantly, a toast to the bride and groom is a celebration of love and a way to honor the love and commitment of the newlyweds.

Let’s give examples if you’re wondering how to write a wedding toast.

Traditional wedding toasts

Here are some wedding speech examples:

  • “Ladies and gentlemen, I am honored to be here today to toast the newlyweds. (bride’s name) and (groom’s name), I have known you both for many years, and I have never seen two people more perfect for each other. Your love for each other is truly inspiring, and I am so grateful to be a part of this special day.

To the bride and groom, I wish you a lifetime of love, laughter, and happiness. May your marriage be filled with joy and adventure, and you always support each other through life’s ups and downs.

Here’s to a lifetime of love, happiness, and memories. Congratulations, (bride’s name) and (groom’s name)!”

  • “Ladies and Gentlemen, I want to toast the beautiful couple we are here to celebrate today. Today marks the beginning of a new chapter in their lives, filled with love, laughter, and adventure. To the bride and groom, may your love for each other grow stronger with each passing day.

May your love be the foundation of your marriage, and may you never forget why you fell in love in the first place. Here’s to a lifetime of happiness and joy.”

  • “Ladies and Gentlemen, I am honored to stand before you today and offer a toast to the newlyweds. Today marks the beginning of a journey filled with challenges and triumphs, but their love for each other may be the anchor that keeps them strong.

May they be blessed with good health, wealth, and happiness and live a long and loving life together. Here’s to the bride and groom; may their love continue to blossom and flourish with each passing year.”

  • “Ladies and Gentlemen, it is a privilege to be here today to celebrate the union of two beautiful souls. To the couple, may your marriage be filled with love, laughter, and happiness. May you always find comfort in each other’s arms, and may your love for each other only grows stronger with each passing day.

Here’s to a lifetime of love, happiness, and adventure for the beautiful couple we are here to celebrate today.”

Funny wedding toasts

Are you trying to create a funny wedding toast that will make everyone laugh? Here are three examples of a toast for wedding couple

  • Best Man: “I’ve known the groom for a long time, and let me tell you, he’s made many mistakes in his life. But choosing his partner was not one of them! To the newlyweds!”
  • Maid of Honor: “I have to say, [bride’s name] always did have great taste. I mean, just look at the dress she picked out for today! And [partner’s name], I must admit, you clean up pretty nicely too. To the newlyweds!”
  • Bridesmaid: “When [bride’s name] asked me to be a bridesmaid , I was thrilled. But when she told me the dress’s color, I was like, “Oh no, not that color again!” But you know what? It all worked out in the end, and here we are, toasting to the newlyweds!”

Parent wedding toasts

If you are looking for wedding speech ideas, you can look at certain wedding speeches for inspiration. Here are three examples of parent wedding toasts:

  • “My dear son/daughter, I am so proud of the person you have become and your chosen partner. May your love continue to grow and flourish, and may you be blessed with a lifetime of happiness together. Cheers to the newlyweds!”
  • “To my son and his beautiful partner, I couldn’t be happier for the two of you on this special day. May your love be a source of strength and comfort to each other, and may your lives be filled with laughter and joy. To the newlyweds !”
  • “My dear child, I am honored to stand here today and celebrate your love and commitment to each other. May your marriage be filled with love, laughter, and endless happiness. Cheers to the newlyweds!”

10 wedding toast tips

Wedding toasts can set the right tone for a wedding party. They can lift the mood, remind people about old memories or make them laugh. 

Here are some tips that can help you write the perfect wedding toast.

1. Be prepared

Plan your toast ahead of time and practice it before the wedding day. If you want to give awesome wedding toasts, avoid controversial topics, crude humor, or anything that may be inappropriate or offensive.

2. Speak clearly

Make sure you speak loud and clear so that everyone can hear you. Slow down and pause between sentences and thoughts to give your audience time to absorb your speech.

 3. Use humor

A lighthearted joke can help break the ice and get guests laughing. Make sure the humor you use is appropriate and will be well received by the couple and their guests.

4. Keep it short

Aim for a toast that lasts around 2-3 minutes. Stick to the main points and avoid getting sidetracked by tangents or unnecessary details.

5. Personalize the toast

Include personal anecdotes or stories about the couple. Share a personal story or memory about the couple that highlights their relationship or mention specific qualities or traits you admire in each newlywed.

6. Be positive

Keep the tone light, warm, and positive. Avoid discussing sensitive or embarrassing topics. Focus on the love and happiness of the couple and their future together.

For this, you can include points that are included in Marriage.com’s pre-marriage course online .

7. Toast the couple

Make sure the toast is centered around the couple, not yourself. Highlight the couple’s strengths, accomplishments, and qualities that make them a great team.

8. Offer wishes

Express well wishes for the couple’s future together. You can wish the couple a lifetime of love, happiness, and joy and that their love continues to grow and flourish.

9. Raise a glass

End your toast by raising a glass to the happy couple.

10. End with a bang

Conclude your toast with a memorable line or phrase that will stay with the couple and guests.

Following these tips, you can deliver a memorable and meaningful wedding toast that the couple and guests will cherish.

5 wedding toast template

If you have access to certain wedding toast templates, these can guide you in giving your toast a rough structure. A wedding toast template could be:

1. Introduction

Start by introducing yourself and your relationship to the bride and groom. The introduction when toasting at weddings serves as an opening statement that sets the tone for the rest of the speech.

It’s important because it helps set the mood for the event, whether lighthearted or serious. The introduction is often the first impression that the speaker makes on the audience, so it is crucial to make it clear, concise, and memorable.

2. Congratulations

Offer your congratulations to the couple and acknowledge the significance of the day. Congratulations are essential to a wedding toast as they express well wishes and recognize the newlyweds’ commitment to each other.

They support and affirm the marriage and help set a celebratory tone for the event.

3. Memories

Share any memorable experiences you’ve had with the bride and groom.

This can include sharing fond memories of the couple, anecdotes about how they met, or moments demonstrating their love and commitment to each other. Sharing these memories helps to paint a picture of the couple’s relationship and gives a deeper insight into their love story.

However, it’s important to keep the tone light and positive and avoid sharing anything inappropriate or embarrassing for the couple.

Offer well wishes for the couple’s future together. This can include wishes for happiness, love, success, and more. Wishes are a significant part of a wedding toast as they express hope for the couple’s future.

It’s essential to keep the wishes sincere and meaningful and to deliver them with warmth and generosity. Wishing the couple a long and joyful life together is a great way to end a wedding toast and leave a lasting impression on the guests.

The end of a toast is important, and if you’re wondering how to end a toast, then you’re in the right place. Raise your glass and say, “Here’s to the happy couple.” and invite others to join in the toast. An example includes:

“I wish the couple a lifetime of happiness, love, and adventure. May they always support each other, communicate openly , and make each other smile.

So, let us raise a glass to the happy couple. Here’s to [bride and groom’s names]. Cheers!”

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Some commonly asked questions

If you are trying to write a memorable wedding toast, here are some questions that might help you understand the task better:

What do you say in a short wedding toast?

A short wedding toast could start with congratulations to the newlyweds and a wish for their happiness and love to endure. You could also include a memorable anecdote or a personal connection to the couple before raising a toast in their honor.

How do you start a toast at a wedding?

Making a toast at a wedding can be done in several ways, but here are some tips to make your opening memorable and effective. These can teach you how to give a wedding toast.

– Greet the audience

Begin by welcoming the guests and acknowledging their presence.

– Recognize the occasion

Mention that you are honored to be giving a toast at such an important event.

– Express gratitude

Express your gratitude to the couple for allowing you to be a part of their special day.

– Acknowledge the couple

Pay tribute to the couple by talking about their love and commitment to each other.

– Set the tone

Establish a joyous and celebratory tone for the rest of the toast by making a warm and lighthearted comment.

What is the traditional wedding toast?

The traditional wedding toast is a speech given at a wedding reception to honor the newlyweds and celebrate their marriage. It typically involves offering congratulations, expressing good wishes, and raising a glass to the couple.

The best man often gives the traditional wedding toast to the bride’s parents or the maid of honor. But it can also be given by anyone who wants to offer their love and support to the newlyweds.

Knowing how to write a wedding toast is straightforward if you are ready to put in the effort. The toast typically begins with a warm welcome to the guests and a recognition of the couple’s love and commitment to each other. The toast usually concludes with a raise of the glass and a cheerful “to the happy couple .”

What is a wedding toast speech example?

Certain people look for some examples that can help guide them in writing one of their own. Here is a wedding toast speech example:

“Good day, everyone; I am honored to be here today to celebrate the union of (couple’s name). They say that love is a journey, not a destination, and today marks the beginning of that journey together.

I have known you for many years, and I can honestly say that you bring out the best in each other. Your love and devotion to each other are truly inspiring, and I am confident you will have a lifetime of happiness together.

So, let us raise a glass to the happy couple.”

How long should a wedding toast be?

When learning how to write a wedding toast, you should know that it typically lasts 3-5 minutes. The length can vary, but it’s essential to strike a balance between being heartfelt and meaningful to avoid boring the audience.

Short wedding toasts are concise, focused, and to the point while delivering a heartfelt and memorable message.

Final takeaway

A well-delivered wedding toast can be a touching and memorable moment that brings people together and creates a sense of unity and happiness. This is why knowing how to write a wedding toast is necessary.

Whether a heartfelt tribute to the couple or a lighthearted joke, a wedding toast is an opportunity to celebrate love, friendship, and the start of a new journey together.

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Brides Often Ask

Who traditionally gives toasts at weddings.

Traditionally, the one who gives wedding toasts is the groom, father of the bride, and best man. However, things have changed and anyone could give a toast, including the guests.

How long should a wedding toast be?

Great wedding toasts should last no lesser than two minutes or longer than six minutes. Anything beyond this time frame bores the guests, while something shorter would look rushed.

How do you start a wedding toast?

Starting awesome wedding toasts depend on the kind of speech. If it’s just a toast, then, introduce yourself. If it’s part of a speech, start with a witty or heartfelt line to the couple.

How do you end a wedding toast?

Finish the toast by asking everyone to raise their glasses to a sentimental or funny quote.

What To Do While Wedding Toasts Are Going On?

What should you do while the toasts?

Since the moment the speaker draws everyone’s attention, you should sit, smile, stop talking, and put cutlery on the edge of the plate. Only when the toast is finished, you raise your glass and take a sip. A glass of champagne is usually drained to the bottom; a glass of wine can last several times.

The couple in their wedding toast speech should thank their wedding party, the hosts, and everyone for attending the wedding.

Don’t forget to thank each other and say how excited you are to officially begin your lives together.

Finish your toast with a kiss.

Wedding Toast Order

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There is also a traditional order that wedding toasts follow. Tradition isn’t set in stone, however, and you could rewrite the rules to fit your own wedding situation as you see fit. Below we have the simple order for wedding reception toast. This should be quite similar for traditional and non-traditional weddings.

  • The best man is usually the first to give a toast.
  • The maid of honor gives her toast next.
  • After this, the host of the event, usually the mother or father of the bride, gives their toast.
  • The parents of the groom may or may not follow with their toast.
  • At this time, a few select gusts might go next.
  • In some settings, the bride or groom, or the couple close with a toast of their own.

Any guests who would like to say something would usually notify the couple a few weeks before the wedding so that they can be added to the queue.

Wedding toasts are often given at the end of your speech, so you’ll want to go out saying the right words at the moment. The best wedding toasts ever are not too long or too short. And, whether they’re movie wedding toasts or toasts about love, they perfectly express your wishes for the couple.

Here are a few examples of the best wedding toasts:

“To the bride and groom, may the roof above you never fall in and may you both never fall out.”
“I wish thee health, I wish thee wealth, I wish thee gold in store, I wish thee heaven upon earth. What could I wish thee more?”
“Let us raise our glasses to the happy couple. May you grow old on one pillow.”
“May your joys be as deep as the ocean, and your troubles as light as its foam.”
“Here’s to the past, for all that you’ve learnt. Here’s to the present, for all that you share. Here’s to the future, for all that you’ve got to look forward to.”
“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.” Oscar Wilde
“May thy life be long and happy, Thy cares and sorrows few; And the many friends around thee Prove faithful, fond and true.”
“May you never steal, lie, or cheat, but if you must steal, then steal away my sorrows, and if you must lie, lie with me all the nights of my life, and if you must cheat, then please cheat death because I couldn’t live a day without you.”
“Here’s to the bride, May your hours of joy be as numerous as the petals of your bridal bouquet. Here’s to the groom, A man who keeps his head though he loses his heart.”
“Here’s to the new husband and here’s to the new wife. May they remain lovers for all of life.”

Traditional Toast Examples

Traditional wedding reception toasts are sweet, sentimental, and meaningful. They are more subtle and laid back, yet pack a punch like the examples below.

From Groom to Bride:

“When I first set my eyes on you, it was rainbows, flowers, and thunder. I knew you were the one for me and I couldn’t let you go. Your intellect, personality, and sweetness charmed me and I felt overwhelmed. The stars aligned in my favor when I realized that we lived the same things. The best part is that you love me too. I couldn’t be luckier, and I love you until my last breath.”

From Groom to Guests

“We want to thank you beautiful people for your presence here and for sharing in our joy. To our parents, friends, family, and associates, we wouldn’t be here today without all your efforts, support and guidance. Coming here today means the world to us, so thank you for loving and honoring us.”

General Toasts:

“The truth is this, finding a person who loves you just as you are is the best thing in life. They see you through your bad, good, high, low, and everything in between without bailing out. The person still sees the sun rise and set in your eyes. When you find that person, stick with them. I found mine, so raise your glasses as we toast to…”

From Best Man & Maid Of Honor

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The best man and the maid of honor are the leaders of the bridal party. The best man is leading the wedding – and his speech is something a lot of people are looking forward to. He has to follow the organizational part, keep in mind all the little things. It is also his responsibility to toast the bride.

The same goes for the maid of honor . She is the bride’s best friend, so she is the one to toast the groom.

Here are a couple of examples of best man and bridesmaid toast examples:

“Eve was very jealous. And, although there were only two in paradise when Adam came home too late, she counted his ribs just in case. We wish our young not to be so jealous, and her husband – not to give an occasion to count the ribs!”
“In the hearts of our young people, the fire of love burns. This is a sacred fire. So, let’s fill our glasses and drink to ensure that it never goes out in their hearts!”
“No matter how many years passes – be it 10 or 20 years of family life, – I want the groom to lose his head, but not his reason, looking at his lovely wife.”
“Friends! I offer to drink for a kiss! This is the idea that a man came up with because he did not find any other way to close a mouth to a woman.”
“They say it’s not a marvel that two people are different, but it’s a marvel is they can live together so happily. Live marvelously, our dear newlyweds!”
“A real woman can make a man think that he is the winner, though she was the one who was victorious. Look at our groom. He looks like a winner. Therefore, let us drink to his beautiful victory and the woman who allowed herself to be defeated, the bride.”
“Rumor has it in a perfect family the wife does not pay attention to where the money comes from, and the husband does not notice where it is going. May you have a truly perfect family!”
“What is the difference between a fairy tale and reality? A fairy tale is when the prince marries a snake, and she becomes a princess. Reality is quite the contrary. Let your life together be a fairy tale!”
“When a man is persistent, he will certainly achieve what a woman wants. Let’s drink to ensure that the purposefulness of men and the vagaries of women coincide!”
“May the two of you be poor in misfortune and rich in blessings. Here is to a wonderful wedding day and an even more marvelous marriage.”

Parent Wedding Toasts

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The father of the bride usually starts parental wedding toasts. For the newlyweds, their parents’ blessing is extremely important.

We believe that wedding toasts father of the groom examples also proves helpful.

Your children are getting married, so it is natural to give them some wise advice on the family life they are about to start together.

“Dear children! Let your marriage be happy! Live in friendship and harmony. We always want happiness to be long, and therefore I wish you happiness to be eternal, let your love burn bright, and friends remain true! Let’s drink to a happy union!”
“To live in love and harmony until the silver wedding, the wife must have a golden character, and the husband – an iron endurance. So, let’s drink to a reliable alloy of two metals, for the fusion of the souls of the newlyweds!”
“The meaning of life is a family, this is our destiny, in fact, for it is for the sake of the family and our children that live! Let your life be happy, and the smiles and joy of your loved ones warm your hearts with warmth and comfort!”
“The secret of a successful marriage lies in one popular wisdom: you do not need to love as much as possible, just as long as possible! So keep going, let your passion burn through the years!”
“Today we wish you happiness. May the Lord protect you from the storm and bad weather, bad people, from pain and illness, from hardships. May God grant you a lot of passion, ardor, and love! And a lot of happiness!”
“A spouse is supporting in life. Strengthening the pillars, we extend our life. So, let us drink to the spouses and for them to always love and support each other.”
‘I want to see you grow old together. Count each other’s wrinkles as the years pass by. See who losses all of the teeth and who will need the help of the walking stick first.’
“Always remember the most important four words for a successful marriage: ‘I’ll do the dishes.'”
1 John 3:18 – “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”
Genesis 2:24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

Sister’s Wedding Toast

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Preparing a toast to your sister may not be easy. However, remembering the special bond you share, all you need do is put it in words. Try to summarize what she means to you and the joy that you wish for her. You could even say a toast from your favorite movie you both share for something unique.

See some samples below.

“[Bride,] for as long as I have known you, you have always been someone who has been able to find the joy in everything. I am so glad that you can share this ability to see the joy in everything with [groom.] May your life together be joyous and full of love.”
“Here is to the groom with a bride so fair, and here is to a bride with a groom who is so rare.”
“May you always have walls for the wind, a roof for the rain, tea by the fire, laughter to cheer you up, and everything that your heart desires. Congratulations [bride] and [groom.]”

Bride and Groom Toast Examples

The Bride and groom would toast to the guests in appreciation for their presence among other things. See some sweet tips and wedding toasts examples to adopt.

Bride and Groom Toast Tips

Give thanks to parents Thank your parents and parent’s in-law for being sweet and gracious to you all your lives. If they also contributed to the wedding, make a special mention. Also, let the guests know you’ve got the best parents. Remind them that even though you’re married, they’d never lose your love. Recount beautiful times with them and some instances where they came through for you. Make a toast to them after your spouse. Give Thanks to all guests Guests braved the odds, elements, spare time, and finances to show up for you. Appreciating them would give a sense of belonging and pride. Remind them how they made your day special with their prayers, wishes, and gifts. Wish them a safe return to where they came from and make your next toast to them. Give thanks to special people Some specific people contributed to making your big day a success. These special people deserve a mention. These people include your parents, the parent inlaws, bridesmaids, maid of honor, groomsmen, family, and best man. Mention specific friends who contribute to your wedding one way or another, even in their absence. Thank them profusely and make another toast to them.

Here are some examples:

Groom Toast To Bride:

“The minute you acknowledge you want to spend forever with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible. Let our journey begin, (name).”

Bride Toast To Groom:

“To my soul mate and lover – we’ve scaled the Hoops, jumped the blocks, and now we’re here. I am most excited to do forever with you, (name).”

Groom Speech to Groomsmen

“And to my Best Man and Groomsmen, thank you for your immense support and presence here today. You know I don’t joke with my beauty Sleep and wouldn’t have made it to the wedding on time without all of you. Maybe my bride would have left me, so you saved my life. You are the best friends I could ever have, and celebrating our happiness with you today made our wedding more meaningful. Every one of you has earned a special place in my heart and that of my wife. We can’t wait to enjoy bonfires, barbecues, get-togethers, and make more memories with you because we’re stuck for life.”

Groom Speech to Bridesmaids

“Here’s to my bride’s Maid of Honor and Bridesmaids— you are angels. You all know our hearts and what your support and friendship mean to us. My bride is a stunner, from her make-up to attire and overall look. You all made it possible and on time. She appreciates you, as I do. Having you here and sharing in our biggest moment is one of the rarest gifts we could get. Your presence makes us feel special and complete and we’re blessed to have you girls, in our lives. You’ve proven formidable, loyal, and selfless and with you on our side, we can go through life with faith. Thank you from the depth of our hearts. We love you girls immensely!”

Short Wedding Toasts To The Bride & Groom

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You need to toast the bride and groom?

You might want to tell them everything you feel like sharing. Your overflowing emotions are quite natural if you are close to the couple. Still, make sure your wedding toast is not too long. After all, this is a very special day for the couple, and you have to help them keep to the general timeline.

Here are some short wedding toast examples to help you:

“Let your love last forever, and be longer than the last sunset.”
‘Two are better than one.” — Ecclesiastes 4:9
“I found the one whom my soul loves.” — Song of Solomon 3:4
“Here’s to the groom, a man who was able to keep his head, but lost his heart.”
“Follow the way of love.” — I Corinthians 14:1
“Deep love is stronger than life.”—Jewish proverb
“Nothing is real but dreams and love.” —Anna de Noailles
“Where there is love, there is no darkness.”—Burundi proverb
“Here’s to the newlyweds – may these two share everything with each other… and that includes the chores!”

Classic & Traditional Literary Wedding Toasts

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If you are looking for some wedding toast ideas, you might want to use some ready-made examples to boost your imagination. This list of classical and traditional literary wedding toasts is perfect for celebrating a wedding.

These toasts will give you some wedding toast inspiration, or just help you to spice up what you’ve already written.

Watching (bride) and (groom) together makes my heart sing with joy. I am proud to be a part of this special day. Let us toast to the newlyweds, who make us believe true love still exists. (Bride) and (groom,) may you find joy with each other each and every day from this day forward. My sincere congratulations! Remember this special day, as it is the day that your life together as husband and wife starts. To (bride) and (groom,) may you always find comfort, strength and endless happiness in each other. Please join me as I raise a glass to these two newlyweds.
“To love another person is to see the face of God.” — Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
“There is only one happiness in life: To love and be loved.” — George Sand
“Love her. The way you do just the one time.” — Red Wind by Raymond Chandler
“Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” — Antoine de Saint-Exupery
‘It’s now or never, isn’t it?’—Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
“We laugh and laugh, and nothing can ever be sad, no one can be lost, or dead, or far away: right now we are here, and nothing can mar our perfection, or steal the joy of this perfect moment.”—The Time Traveler’s Wife
“Health and life to you; The woman of your choice for you; A child every year for you; And may you die in Ireland.” —Irish proverb

Shakespearean Wedding Toast

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There are lots of examples of wedding toast speeches so you might want to be more original.

Shakespearean wedding toasts include the pieces of works by the great poet himself and those that have the same feeling about them. They add some Medieval atmosphere, which might be great for a boho or thematical celebration. After all, this period of literature is all about romance.

“God, the best maker of all marriages, Combine your hearts in one.” — King Henry V, Act V
“Doubt thou the stars are fire, Doubt the sun doth move, Doubt truth to be a liar but never doubt thy love.” — Hamlet
“Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs; Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes; Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears. What is it else? A madness most discreet, A choking gall, and a preserving sweet.” — Romeo and Juliet
“May a flock of blessings light upon thy back.” – Romeo and Juliet
‘Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.’ – A Midsummer Night’s Dream”May thy life be long and happy, thy cares and sorrows few; And the many friends around thee prove faithful, fond and true. May your voyage through life be as happy and as free as the dancing waves on the deep blue sea.”
“But rich or poor, quick or slow, may you know nothing but happiness from this day forward.”
“For each petal on the shamrock, this brings a wish your way. Good health, good luck, and happiness for today and every day.”
“May the light of friendship guide your paths together. And may the laughter of children grace the halls of your home. May the joy of living for one another trip a smile from your lips a twinkle from your eye.”

Religious Wedding Toasts

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If you’ve been wondering how to end a wedding toast, you can always add a bit of spirituality. It’s up to you to decide on whether religious wedding toasts are appropriate, depending on your and the couple’s religious beliefs. Bible love quotes make timeless wedding toast quotes .

Take a look at the examples and get inspired.

Song of Solomon 4:9: “You have captivated my heart, my sister, my bride; you have captivated my heart with one glance of your eyes, with one jewel of your necklace.”
Galatians 5:13 “Through love serve one another.”
Song of Solomon 8:7 “Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away.”
Corinthians 13:4-5: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
1 John 4:18-19 “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us.”
Corinthians 13 “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.”
Corinthians 13:13: “And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
Proverbs 10:12 “Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.”
Romans 12:9 “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.”

Movie Wedding Speech Quotes

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Want some more original wedding toasts examples?

Think about movie quotes!

You can include quotes from some of the bride and groom’s favorite movies . Movie quotes are especially nice if you have a movie-themed wedding. Surprise the bride and groom with a well-known quote. These kinds of toasts are more memorable and help create an atmosphere of love and romance.

Casablanca: ‘Here’s looking at you, kid.’
When Harry Met Sally: ‘When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.’
Love Actually: “To me, you are perfect”
Bram Stoker’s Dracula: ‘I have crossed oceans of time to find you’
Serendipity: ‘It’s like at that moment the whole universe existed just to bring us together.’
My Best Friend’s Wedding: ‘Choose me. Marry me. Let me make you happy.’
Moulin Rouge: ’The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love, and be loved in return.’
Bridget Jones’s Baby: ‘Sometimes you love a person because of all the reasons they’re not like you. And sometimes you love a person just because they feel like home.’
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: ‘I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone.’
Meet Joe Black: ‘Love is passion, obsession, someone you can’t live without. If you don’t start with that, what are you going to end up with?’
Good Will Hunting: “It doesn’t matter if the guy is perfect or the girl is perfect, as long as they are perfect for each other.”

Funny Wedding Toasts

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A bit of humor can never hurt. Laughter is essential for every wedding, it helps to reduce the stress of the importance of the event. Examples of funny wedding toasts will be especially helpful for the best man , as his toast is supposed to be more entertaining than the rest.

Don’t be afraid to bring a little fun into the otherwise serious celebration with these funny quotes.

“They say that in a good marriage, the husband is the head, and the wife is the heart. So, let us drink to the fact that our young people did not know in life either headaches or heartaches!”
‘Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.’ – Albert Einstein
‘Love is sharing your popcorn.’ – Charles Schultz
‘It is impossible to love and be wise.’ – Francis Bacon
‘True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked.’- Erich Segal
‘It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.’ – Rita Rudner
‘Being married means mostly shouting “What?” from other rooms.’
‘Marry a man your own age; as your beauty fades, so will his eyesight.’— Phyllis Diller
‘Love is a lot like a backache: it doesn’t show up on X-rays, but you know it’s there.’ — George Burns
‘All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.’ — Charles Schulz

Writing an awesome wedding toast can be nerve-wracking, but with a little preparation and practice, anyone can deliver a memorable speech that will leave a lasting impression.

“To the happy couple, I have known [bride/groom] for [number] of years and I have never seen [him/her] as happy as [he/she] is now. [Insert a personal anecdote or story about the couple]. [Bride/groom], you have found your soulmate in [bride/groom] and I couldn’t be happier for you both. May your love continue to grow stronger with each passing day. Here’s to a lifetime of love and happiness!”
“Good evening, everyone. I am honored to be here today to celebrate the love of [bride] and [groom]. [Insert a personal anecdote or story about the couple]. You two are the perfect match, and I am confident that you will have a beautiful life together. [Bride/groom], you have found your true soulmate in [bride/groom], and I am so happy that you have each other. May your love continue to grow stronger with each passing day. Congratulations and cheers to a lifetime of love and happiness!”
“Ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to give a toast to the happy couple. [Insert a personal anecdote or story about the couple]. [Bride/groom], you two are a perfect match, and I have no doubt that you will have a long and happy life together. You have found your soulmate in each other, and I am honored to be here today to witness your love. May your love continue to grow stronger with each passing day. Congratulations, and cheers to a lifetime of love and happiness!”

Irish Toast Examples

The Irish are blessed with the gift of proverbs and gab. These traits infuse into prayers and wishes for the married couple like our examples below.

“May you have a love that never ends, lots of money, and lots of friends. Health be yours, whatever you do, and may God send many blessings to you!”
“Bless you and yours, as well as the cottage you live in. May the roof overhead be well thatched, and those inside be well matched”

Wedding Anniversary Toast

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“To a couple that we all know, admire, and love with all our hearts. We all wish the best for you and we toast to your health and happiness.”
“Here’s to the husband and here’s to the wife. May the two of you continue to remain lovers for life.”
“As you celebrate this happy day in your life, remember that the best days are yet to come. In the meantime, let us raise a glass to your marriage and to your health and happiness.”

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There is a certain etiquette to follow when writing your toast. This can guide you and act as tips that you can use in writing some of the best toasts this wedding season. Use the following when writing your toast , and you will find writing toast for weddings much easier than expected.

  • Keep it brief

One of the rules for writing a wedding toast is to keep it brief. While you might have a lot to say, you will find that having a short wedding toast is much better than a long one. To avert boredom on the part of your guests, anything under two to three minutes is perfect.

Practice saying your toast a few times after it is written. Even better in front of a mirror. This will help you greatly when it is time to do it live. If you build your toast around a quote for a wedding toast, this could help keep it memorable and easy to recall when you need it.

  • Catch and keep your audience’s attention

Speak clearly and audibly. And be it with toast quotes or a joke, insert something that will keep your guests attentive. You don’t want to struggle to be heard or try to speak over people already talking to one another.

  • Remember to raise your glass

Whether you are a drinker or not, remember to raise your glass to the couple at the end of your toast. Better to raise an empty glass than refuse to participate at all, at the end of your simple wedding toast.

Do’s and Don’ts of Wedding Toasts

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What to include and what better to avoid in a wedding toast?

  • Do get everyone’s attention. Do it tactfully! If you choose to do so by clinking at a champagne glass, it can be quite annoying.
  • Don’t make it long. Keep it as short, as possible. Speaking for two to three minutes should be the maximum.
  • Don’t say anything embarrassing! A wedding toast is not the time to swear, remember exes, or tell the stories of past failures. Don’t make everyone regret they gave you the mic!
  • Be sincere – your words should be truly heartfelt.
  • Don’t forget to raise your glass as you say the toast.
  • Do practice your toast at home – this way you will deliver your toast more smoothly.

Weddings toasts are beautiful endings to heartfelt speeches. They can be witty, funny, romantic, or traditional. We have put together wedding toasts tips that can help you prepare for your big day, whether for the bride, wedding party, parents, or even guests. Get ideas from this post and speak confidently on your big day.

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