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.