Wedding Toast Etiquette

Wedding Toast Tips

  • Bits of poetry, including quotations and appropriate witticisms will enrich your toast as well as show that you cared enough to give it some thought ahead of time.
  • Avoid any jokes or anecdotes that have ethnic or religious connotations.
  • If you do decide to throw some humor into your toast, be sure to end on a serious note.
  • If it’s the bride’s or groom’s second marriage — never mention either person’s  first marriage during the toast.
  • Wedding toasts should be upbeat, so stay away from depressing subjects.
  • Maintain eye contact with the person/s you are honoring during your entire toast.
  • A wedding toast is usually between two and five minutes long. Any longer than that, and you’ll lose your audience.

Adapted and excerpted from Diane Warner’s  “Complete Book of Wedding Toasts.”

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