Writing and Delivering the Best Wedding Toasts

Here, you can find some great wedding speech ideas and examples of what the best wedding toasts include.

Wedding Speech Ideas to Get You Started

Whether you’re the best man, a bridesmaid, or the father of the bride, the best wedding toasts all rely on a similar structure and fundamentals. First and foremost, you should start planning your speech as soon as possible. Whether you’re family members or best friends, you have a strong and personal relationship with the bride or groom, and this should be the focus of your toast. How has your relationship changed and developed over the years? What are some of your fondest memories and anecdotes about your time together? Remember that you’ll only have about 5-10 minutes for your speech, so do try to keep things short and sweet – it won’t be possible to tell your life stories to the other guests!

After you’ve come up with a few anecdotes to tell, and maybe a funny (but tasteful!) joke to tell, you’ll want to start writing. Though a wedding is a formal affair, the best wedding toasts are also endearing, fun, and can connect with each guest. Do remember that weddings are a family affair, so remember to keep stories and jokes appropriate for all ages! This is not to say that you can’t have fun with your toast or include a slightly scandalous double entendre- just make sure that, overall, the language and humor are rated PG!

Advice for Delivering a Great Wedding Toast

You’ve spent hours thinking of great wedding speech ideas, and now the reception has started. Don’t be nervous! Below you’ll find some great advice on how to deliver the best wedding toasts.

When writing your speech, make sure you use your own words and write in a style that you feel comfortable with. You’ll be giving your speech in front of possibly hundreds of guests, so you want to make sure you’re speaking in your own words. Don’t feel the need to recite loads of jokes or tell outrageous stories because you think that’s what a wedding toast should contain. Similarly, if you’re not a hopeless romantic, the bride and groom won’t expect you to quote from a Shakespeare sonnet!

It’s also important to make sure you practice, practice, practice! Try to practice giving your speech in front of friends or family members, as they may also be able to give you some additional wedding speech ideas if they’re close to the bride or groom as well. The more you practice, the more comfortable you’ll be with the material, and thus less likely to trip over your words on the big day when you’re speaking in front of a large crowd. You want to be able to relax and enjoy the wedding, not be overwrought with nerves!

Whether you’re giving your speech at the wedding reception or as part of the rehearsal dinner toasts, remember to abstain from alcohol until you’ve delivered your speech. Both the reception and the rehearsal dinner can involve an open bar, bottles of wine at the dinner table, and after spending loads of time practicing your speech – in addition to attending and being a part of the various other wedding-related events in the lead up to the ceremony itself – you may just really want to relax and have a few cocktails! But remember that you have all night to knock back the gin martinis – you don’t want to accidentally overindulge and be unable to walk straight before it’s your turn to toast the bride and groom! You will be standing during your speech and will be speaking to a large audience, so staying dry helps ensure that you are able to stand up straight and speak without slurring your words.

Choosing a Wedding Caterer

When it comes to wedding reception food, hiring a professional caterer instead of personally cooking for every guest is a wise decision. Moreover, hiring a caterer will also save your precious time and energy helping you to focus on other details of your wedding. Take a look at some important tips which can help you find the right one.

Cost

When searching for caterers, budget should always be taken in account. It is best to ask for a breakdown of costs to understand about the services. Since the caterer will often coordinate linens, plates and tables, you should allocate your budget for this as well. Most of the caterers ask for 50% deposit, so be very sure before signing the contract.

Tastings

Top quality caterers schedule a menu tasting before they are hired. Menu tasting is a very important step as it lets you gauge their cooking abilities. If you find that the food is not up to your standard after the session, it could be an indication for you to start looking elsewhere.

Referrals

Reviews and ratings from reliable sources can help you find a right caterer for your wedding. You should also take valuable recommendations from friends and family who had good experiences with catering services. Once you have a list of caterers, make appointments with them and choose the one that can best execute your wedding catering needs.

Ask for a contract

When you hire a caterer, you should make sure to include everything in writing. From the wait staff to cutlery to cake cutting to drinks, china and linens, the contract should state everything.

Book early

The best caterers are always in high demand especially in wedding seasons. So, it is best to book the catering service in advance to get the best caterer in town.

Wedding cake

While looking for a caterer, make sure the caterer provides cake service or doesn’t mind using a baker if you have already found one. Caterers usually charge for cake cutting and serving so find out if the charges are included or not.