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The DO's and DON’ts Of Toasting

If you’re the best man at your friend’s wedding, you’ll have to make a toast. And if you’ve been to a few weddings, you probably already know that the thing about toasts is that they’re only memorable if they’re really good or really bad. We all know that your personality is way too sparkling to be in the latter group, so ensure your spot in the former by following these guidelines.

Wedding Toast Etiquette For The Amateur 

The biggest offenses you can make when giving a toast are rambling on for too long (keep it at about three minutes—people’s attention spans don’t last for much longer, and you’ll be one of a few toast-makers that night), and being super drunk and embarrassing. Don’t—just don’t—be super drunk and embarrassing. Alcohol is great for numbing those public speaking nerves, but save any serious partying for after your speech. You don’t want to be that guy who stands up, cocktail in hand, and slurs his way through an incriminating story about the groom’s ex-girlfriend (in fact, don’t mention any ex-girlfriends at all). Remember, you’re an ambassador for the groom and are supposed to be making him look his best, not completely humiliating him.

If you want to bring down the house with your toasting skills, just follow our tried-and-true, foolproof toasting outline.

Thank everyone for being there. Thank the couple for inviting you to be in their wedding. Thank the couple’s parents (or whoever paid) for hosting the event. Be a thank-you machine.

Tell one (and only one—remember, we’re keeping this short) story about the groom. Make it funny and good-naturedly embarrassing (again, not humiliating, offensive, or incriminating!—children and the elderly will be present).

Based on the good-naturedly embarrassing story you just told, the audience might have the impression that the groom is kind of a ding-dong. Here’s where you turn your funny anecdote into a lesson about how great the groom is. Ex: “Joey may have crazy ideas like driving to Tijuana at 11 p.m. on a Wednesday just to get tacos, but that’s why we love him: he’s never afraid to think big and take chances.”

Connect the groom’s good qualities to the person he’s marrying. Talk about why his partner is an amazing person, and why they are great for each other: “And that’s why Joey and Sarah are so perfect for each other. He keeps her on the edge of her seat, and she makes sure he doesn’t end up homeless. In each other, Joey and Sarah have found their perfect match. May their life together be filled with love and lots of Mexican food.”

Follow steps 1 through 4, and you’ll have the wedding guests awww-ing in no time.

Courtesy of BLK Tux 
Related: (previous post) 12 Responsibilities of the Best Man

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