5 Wedding-Toast Tips You (and Your Speech-Givers) Need to Know



In this day and age, where wedding toasts are now full-on performances, there’s a whole new kind of pressure for best men and maids (or matrons) of honor to make the most of their time on the mic. Thanks to all of those creative, musically-inclined people whose epic wedding speeches went viral, the bar has been raised—as if the job of reciting a touching, sentimental and funny but not at all offensive or inappropriate speech in front of a crowd of people wasn’t stressful enough.

Of course, you don’t need background music and perfectly timed rap lyrics to make a successful toast—in fact, a simple, heartfelt speech can be just as effective, so long as it doesn’t turn into an alcohol-fueled walk down memory lane, and is much easier to put together than an elaborate song and dance show.

To make sure your next toast hits all the right notes (read: has the crowd laughing and shedding a few tears, too), take a look at these smart toast-giving tips. With a little preparation, and limited inside jokes, you’ll be good to go.

And if you’re the bride-to-be, please feel free to pass this along to the designated toast-givers at your wedding.

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