If you read last week's blog, you now understand the importance of having a game plan when it comes to the order of toasts. This week, we wanted to touch on the importance of TOASTING TIPS. Sure, your best man, maid of honor, parents, and you and your groom know the order you'll go in, but what do you say!? We've come up with a few tips to help you nail your toast!
- Plan It Out: Practice makes perfect. The last thing you want to do is stand up and wing it. Yikes. Instead, have something written out in advance. Be sure to practice so you're not "reading" from your script. In the end, you'll have given a toast from the heart which is genuine and passionate. If you want, throw in an inside joke or some humor -- but keep it to a minimum.
- Keep It Short: We've been to countless weddings where you always get that one person that goes on... and on... and on. Zzzz. Keep it short, simple and to the point. You don't want the guests falling asleep early in the night!
- Stay Calm: Seriously, public speaking is not for everyone! Remember to take a few deep breaths and speak slowly. A few drinks might help loosen you up, too, but definitely don't go overboard!
- Oh, You Fancy Huh: You don't have to be fancy and toast with champagne or sparkling wine. Some couples decide to save money and just have the guests toast with whatever they are drinking the time (water, soda, beer, or wine -- it doesn't matter!)