Delivering Wedding Toasts: Tips for the Best Man

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The moment has come for the best man to make his toast to the newlyweds and the pressure is on to make it one of a kind and unique to the couple being toasted.  It takes a lot of strength to stand in front of a room full of people, some of them strangers, and pour your heart out so to speak.  

Here are some tips for future best men to take into consideration when the time comes to fulfill the biggest part of his responsibility.

It’s like preparing for a role.  Make sure you have your script down and practice it often so you do not have to constantly look at your index cards when the big day arrives.  Don’t be the guy who took one too many shots for “liquid courage” and now can’t even put two words together, or remember his own name.  Just like writing a college paper, make sure your toast has an introduction, a body, and a conclusion.

The Dos and Don’ts of a Toast

Introduce Yourself

Most people in the room will not know who you are and how you know the groom so make sure you let them know how the two of you know each other, and maybe include a funny but not embarrassing story from the past.  Do not start off with: “Hi my name is ….” Your intro should be more like “(groom’s name) and I met …”

Make it Personal

Thank the hosts of the wedding i.e. the parents, or the newlyweds, for putting together such a memorable day for everyone.  Make your toast personal. After all, it took a lot of thought on the part of the groom and the bride to pick you as their best man.  Tell a story about the groom and why he is such a great guy, and slowly tie in his good qualities with that of his new bride.  Linking stories from the past to the present and the future kind of symbolizes a full circle just like the couple’s rings.  The main subjects of your toast should remain the bride and the groom.

Tie a Bow on it

Wrap up your speech within 5 minutes or less, since your audience already had to sit thru speeches from the bride’s parents, the maid of honor, and possibly the bridesmaids.  Using quotes from lyrics from literature or music will be the perfect ending as you raise your glass to the happy couple.

Follow these simple steps and you are sure to make a lasting impression on the guests and the happy couple who will be watching their video time and time again with your toast in it.

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Here, at Metropol Banquet, we have seen many toasts given, but the most memorable ones have always been the ones that come genuinely from the heart.  We will provide the liquid courage as long as you deliver the great toast!

Are you looking for a wedding venue in Los Angeles?  Look no further than Metropol Banquet.

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