6 Rules for Giving a Wedding Toast
A few industry experts share their quick tips for how to give a great wedding toast.
Wedding toasts can be one of the most memorable parts of the evening—for better or for worse. Figuring out what to say and how to say it can be challenging for anyone regardless of how close you are with the couple. To make sure your toast is memorable for all of the right reasons, Jess Levin, founder of Carats & Cake, asked a few experts, who have collectively attended hundreds of weddings each year, for their tips on what makes a wedding toast pop!
Know Your Audience
"While the most obvious tip for a wedding toast would be to keep it brief, it's always also a good idea to remember that you're speaking to the entire gathering of guests, not just the bride and groom. Anecdotal stories and sweet memories are great, but try to avoid inside jokes that no on else will understand."—Rachel Sackheim, Director of Sales and Events, Brooklyn Winery
Start off Strong
Keep It Short and Sweet
Practice Makes Perfect
Make It Personal
"Bring an item like a picture or a keepsake resembling your relationship with the bride or groom to grab the audience's attention."—Desi Mendoza, Owner, Dez & Tam Photography
End on a High Note
"I always recommend keeping it under three minutes, speaking from the heart, and ending on a high note!"—Jennifer Zabinski, Founder and President, Jennifer Zabinski Events