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Toast Etiquette

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The Do’s and Don’ts When Writing Your Next Toast

Whether this is your first time being the Maid of Honor or you’re an old-timer, giving a killer speech can be nerve racking and challenging. At most weddings, the best man claims the “unforgettable speech of the night” while the Maid of Honorrgives a sweet and standard toast to close up. Here are the do’s and don’ts to make your toast just as heart-warming and energetic when raising your glass to the happy couple.


DO

Set the scene with a little background on your relationship. Imply that the day’s event marks a break of sorts.

DOn’T

Tell stories that dredge up childhood memories of hilarious times you shared with the bride or groom that nobody else in the room knows about or cares about.


DO

Insert comic relief with a light ribbing. (Key word: light)

DON’T

No need to freak if your joke tanks. Encourage a sympathy laugh by saying, “That was supposed to be funny,” no one wants you to feel uncomfortable!


DO

Your speech needs to be about the friend you knew long before the groom, and then pivot to what role the groom has played in your friend’s life. Keep it simple, start with the bride and end with the couple.

DON’T

Bring in Ex-Boyfriends (yours or theirs.) Save the funny stories for your next girls night.


DO

Wrap it up, ditch the generic praise, and raise your glass to the happy couple.

DON’T

While we usually need liquid courage, make sure not to over do it. Think twice before you clink!


 * Photo sourced from Stone Crandell
* Written by Meredith Heins