Tips on Toasting

11:25:00 AM

As the maid of honor at my sister's wedding I was given the privelege of preparing a toast. I'm not a huge fan of public speaking, but I was excited about this opportunity to honor my sister on her special day. If you or someone you know is preparing a wedding toast or even a speech for the rehearsal dinner, here are some helpful hints.

1. Think of what will honor the person or people you are toasting-as much as you want people to love your toast and remember it, it's not about you, its about the couple that is getting married!

2. Use real life stories-think about the best moments in your life with the couple and look for ways to incorporate those special stories into your toast.

3. Add some humor-everyone loves to laugh, so think of some funny ways to get people laughing during your toast. If its about the couple just make sure it won't offend or embarass them (too much).

4. Be sentimental-yes it is possible to be both funny and sentimental in the same toast. Use kind words to honor and bless the couple and their marriage.

5. Don't forget your drink-have a drink in front of you (alcholic or not) so that you can actually raise your glass and toast the couple at the end of your speech.

So somehow after almost four months from the wedding, people are still talking about my toast. A couple people brought it up a couple days ago which reminded me to ask the one person who recorded it if they could send it to me. Unfortunately, the first part of my toast wasn't captured. It opens with people cheering, laughing, and making comments and here's why. My opening line was: "For those of you that don't know, I'm Crystal, the maid of honor. For all you single guys out there, 'maid' means I'm single, so come find me later and buy me a drink!"

And HERE is the rest of the toast. Enjoy!

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