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How to Create Toasts

    • 1). Consider the personality of the person or couple that you are toasting. Would the person or couple prefer a funny speech or a serious one? A short speech or one of moderate length? A speech with personal details or a general speech? Ensure that the speech you write will not embarrass the couple and fits well with their personalities.

    • 2). Write an opening statement for your toast. In this statement, say something positive about the bride and groom, or about your relationship with the bride or groom. For example, you may say, "The minute Kelly met Chris, she started glowing in a way that I've never seen before. I just knew they were meant to be together, which is what makes this wedding so special." You may also say, "I know that I'll always be Elizabeth's best girl friend, but today I'll take a step back as I welcome her new best friend - her husband Steven." Starting with something sweet will give the wedding toast a warm feeling.

    • 3). Write the body of your toast. The length of your speech will depend on the preferences of the bride and groom, but ensure that your speech does not get too long, as the listeners may lose interest in a long speech. Begin by saying something sentimental about the bride and groom. Follow this up with a description of a happy memory and a reason that you love the couple.

    • 4). Add some humor to your speech, if you choose. For example, you can include, "I can't wait for Jen and Ryan to have kids. If they love them half as much as they love their dog, the kids will be spoiled rotten!" Or, you can use a classic joke, like saying "Now that Emily's married, she'd like all of the men in the room to give back the keys to her apartment." At this point, have all of the groomsmen hand you fictitious keys to the bride's apartment.

    • 5). Close your speech with some marital advice, followed by a statement about how much you care about the newly married couple. Say something along the lines of, "Always remember to smile, and always make peace before bedtime." After this, conclude the toast with a positive, loving statement, like, "Kate and Michael, we all love you so much and are so happy to share your wedding day with you. Cheers!"

    • 6). Review your speech with the bride and groom's family members or members of the bridal party. Ensure that they think the speech is appropriate and fits the couple well. Be open to the opinions of your audience. Incorporate any suggested changes, if necessary.

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