Wedding toasts can be fun, from the heart, really genuine ways to share. They bring people together. They can also be a disastrous mess of TMI!
You want great toasts. Here are 5.5 tips for the best toasts ever…
1. Choose who will give a toast: This is not open mic night. Unless you choose to invite guests to just come up and talk. The BM, FOB and MOH are first choices to ask to give a toast. But whoever made the rule that you can’t have other people speak. Once you decide Who you want, Here’s how:
2. Give helpful tips: Have you ever been to a wedding where a toast just went on forever? People shut down and zone out when a toast goes on too long. Give everyone guidelines about not talking so long that dinner is delayed, or not talking about the time in college when you…. You get the point. Now that you know How, you can:
3. Greet your guests: You have said your vows and your ‘I do”, there is probably only one other time that you can take to speak to everyone in the room. Thank them from the bottom of your heart, show your appreciation and share your love. The bride and the groom can both speak. (Note To Groom. Try this: “Doesn’t my wife look wonderful!”
4. Get Ready: Just like the groom talking about how crazy in love he is with his new wife remember to say a few more things. “Thanks to everyone who travelled…” Remember this is like you’ve invited all these people into your home. Welcome them.
5. Put your toasts into the timeline: Finally, knowing who is going to speak, what they speak like, and how many speeches, will guide you and your entertainment director to timing and placing everyone just right.
5.5 Plan with your team: Make sure that one person creates the Master Plan. Then make sure that each vendor on your team has the items from your Master Plan on their timeline. This way the caterer knows how to time dinner, the photographer knows to be done with other shots, your DJ/MC is ready to introduce and have a mic that is turned on for the speaker, as well as your videographer is in place.
Oh, and one more thing. Smile!