The Basics of the Wedding Toast

Uros Krstic

The Basics of the Wedding Toast

At some receptions, wedding guests tend to wing it when it comes to toasts. This can sometimes backfire, or even put a dent in the big day - it's much better to stay organized and have a certain order for each attendee to speak his or her peace, according to MSNBC. If the ceremony has a lot of guests, it may be best to limit the speeches to just the traditional speakers such as the best man, parents, bride and groom. This can make the affair a little more casual and intimate. When it comes to the right drink, champagne or sparkling wine is generally the toasting beverage of choice. If one is getting ready to make a toast, be sure to plan some parts of the speech out first. You may even want to consider reciting it to yourself a few days before the big event. It's important to remember not to bring up embarrassing memories or inside jokes. Rather, focus on a heartwarming story that everyone can appreciate. Etiquette expert Jason Tesauro suggests the basic tried-and-true outline. "Keep your general outline in mind: anecdote-thanks-meaningful quote, and stick to it," he told The Knot.

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