Did your best friend just ask you to be their right hand on their wedding day? Most likely you instantly said yes only to be hit with a curve ball and find out that they want you to give a speech during the reception. What?! A toast?! You didn’t know that there was going to be public speaking involved before committing to this! Before getting in a frenzy about what you should and shouldn’t say, we’ve made a list of the 3 BEST tips for a great toast!
Write it Ahead of Time
If you take some time out of your days prior to the wedding to write out the speech ahead of time you will be able to gather your thoughts and ensure that the toast is cohesive and easy to follow. This also helps prevent you from going off on tangents and being flustered day of.
Keep Personal Scenarios Private
The main goal of a successful toast is to avoid completely embarrassing the newlyweds. Subtle jokes to poke fun are acceptable (to a degree) but if you think your friend will be upset about a remark afterwards it’s better left unsaid. Additionally, skip the inside jokes (since the majority of the guests won’t understand) and absolutely do not bring up exes!
Keep it Lighthearted
The less serious the toast is the calmer you will be! Typically these speeches are supposed to make the audience laugh and relate to. Bonus Tip: you have a glass of champagne in your hand so feel free to use it if need be ;)
Bottom line, remember that this is an opportunity for you to express your excitement for your friends and their future!