What would a wedding reception be without a traditional toast? It’s like having a wedding cake without sugar. Wedding toast is a very touching gesture, because it tells the bride and groom the sincere wishes of all those who attend the wedding.
Sequence of the Toasts
Wedding toast is usually given first by the best man, then father, groom and bride, and then followed by those who want to toast. However, the version can vary.
Other traditional sequences of wedding toasts also follow the best man as the first to toast, followed by the groom who says a few words to the bride, parents, family, and members of the wedding. After that, the groom is then followed by other people such as family members or friends who also want to toast, and finally, the bride’s father who thanks everyone for attending the wedding.
On the other hand, a non-traditional way of ordering the wedding toasts begins with the host grilling the bride. This is followed by the bridegroom saying a few words to the guests and the bride, followed by the bride giving a speech to her parents and parents-in-law, and finally, the bride’s father thanks everyone who shared this special day with them.
Since a monk named Dom Perignon created champagne, the drink became the number one drink during the wedding. So before making a wedding toast, make sure your own glass and other people’s glasses (especially the bride) are also filled with drinks.
Stand beside the bride while giving your toast, and using a spoon, tap your own glass to get people’s attention. Lift your glass using your right hand held directly from your shoulder, and then you can start the wedding.
Tips for Wedding Toasts
Preparing for Speech: Practice! Giving wedding toast, although short, in front of so many people can be a very stressful experience. However, it doesn’t really have to be, not as long as you are ready. Write your speech so that you will know exactly what to say. Let it come directly from your heart, so you can convey the sentiment you want to convey to the partner you are burning. You can also try showing it to someone to comment on so you can get feedback on improving your speaking skills. Remember to keep practicing until you feel confident and comfortable enough to do it in front of a crowd. KISS. Make your wedding toast short and straight to the point, because you don’t want to distract from a happy couple. No one wants to hear a very long speech, so remember this word – K.I.S.S. (Keep It Short and Simple). The size of a good wedding toast is around 3 minutes. Giving Speeches In giving a wedding, talk loudly and clearly, especially if you don’t have a microphone, so people will understand what you are going to say. Speaking loudly gives you a certain presence, and now that you have the attention of an undivided audience, it’s important to hold it back by not muttering your words. So remember to speak slowly, because this is not a race to get you to finish your speech as quickly as possible. Remember, people really want to hear what you say. Make Eye Contact & Smile! Printing your greeting card or sign card is indeed very helpful in making wedding toast, but remember not to read it straight from the beginning to the end. Make eye contact with the audience, so they will feel that you are really talking to them. Oh yes, and don’t forget the most important detail: Smile! This is an exciting event, and your smile should say it!
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