Everyone loves a champagne toast. Well… at least those who don’t have to come
up with what to say! But, if you’re part of a wedding party, it’s on your shoulders to
come up with something.
Some go for sweet. Others sentimental. And if you’re the best man, it will need to be
Whatever you decide to do, remember that a wedding toast is first and foremost
personal. There’s not a “standard” format out there. Take some time to think
through your relationships and what you want to say to your best friends.
If you have no clue where to start, here are a few tips:
Best Man Speech
Now the best man probably has the most pressure. Everyone expects to laugh
when the best man gives his speech. We’ve seen a lot of best man speeches over
the years. Best friends and brothers always find a way to come up with something
to embarrass the groom in more ways than one. If you’re writing your best man
speech, try to have these elements:
- Let people know how you know the groom.
- Tell a funny story or two. Keep it appropriate though, you want him to keep
his bride for more than a day.
- Make nods to the bride and mention how glad you are that she’s joined his
life. Tell your buddy how proud you are of him, and how much you love him.
- Have everyone join you at the end by raising their glasses.
Maid of Honor Speech
The maid of honor doesn’t have the same pressure to be funny like the best man.
Typically the maid of honor’s toast is more of a tribute to her best friend or sister,
the bride. Maid of honor speeches are infamous for involving tears and sappy stories
only the bride understands. However, if you want a good maid of honor speech, try
to hit these points:
- Introduce yourself and how you know the bride.
- Talk about how much you love the bride and how awesome she is.
- Talk about a few stories that make her awesome. If you have something
funny, that’s great. If you start crying, that’s OK too.
- Tell the groom you’re glad that she’s found him, and to take care of her.
- Have everyone toast with you by raising their glasses.
Father of the Bride Speeches
Many weddings include a father of the bride speech, especially if he’s footing the
bill for the party. The father of the bride often likes to get up and thank all of the
wedding guests for joining his family at the celebration. It’s also a great time for the
father to publicly affirm the marriage, which means the world to the new couple.
Bride & Groom Speeches
Every wedding is different, but sometimes the bride & groom also like to give
speeches to the guests. This is similar to the father of the bride speech, but it’s a
gesture to thank all of the guests for joining them on their big day. Keep it short and
sweet (since everyone just sat through your wedding ceremony where you pledged
your love to one another.) But having the newlyweds say a little something always
goes a long way. Just expect to kiss afterwards when everyone taps the rim of the
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