If it is your first time being the best man, you may be wondering how to plan a wedding toast. It's important to take your time to make sure you include all the right sentiments. Here are some tips to help you craft the perfect toast:
What to include
Introduce yourself - You want to begin by introducing yourself as the best man and letting everyone know you are going to toast the bride and groom.
Say thanks - Thank the people who had a hand in organizing the wedding, like the couple's parents and other family members and friends.
Give a personal story - Tell everyone how long you have known the bride and groom and share a special story. A funny anecdote is great, but don't try too hard to make people laugh. Just be genuine and the wedding guests will enjoy your story. After all, they already have an emotional investment in the bride and groom.
Recite an inspiring quote - If you're unsure what to say or you want to wrap up your toast on a high note - recite an inspirational quote. Head to Pinterest to get a few ideas like "You don't love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear," by Oscar Wilde.
Avoid cliches - Try to avoid saying lines like "You have found the best woman in the world." On its own it is a perfectly fine thing to say, but it's been said many times before and lacks special meaning. Instead use your own words to celebrate the bride and groom.
Keep it short - You want to make sure that people hear all you have to say, but keep things brief. Try not to go longer five minutes so others have time to toast as well.
Don't mention anything embarrassing - Avoid retelling an embarrassing story of the couple. You never know if the bride and groom with appreciate it, so stick to something heartfelt instead.
Write bullet points, not a speech - It's important for the toast to sound genuine, so don't write out what you are going to say word for word. Instead, draft a list of points you want to cover and use them as prompts to keep you on track.