April 25, 2013 at 3:12 pm Leave a comment

tips for toasting pictureCelebrate one of the happiest days of a newlywed couple with a toast, a form of tribute performed with raised glasses to congratulate, honor or offer goodwill towards a joyful future. The origins of toasting traditions are largely unknown; some believe that wedding toasts began in the 6th century BC by the ancient Greeks who floated a piece of toast atop amphoras filled with wedding wine in order to absorb bitterness. Read on to learn more tips about toasting.

Toast Etiquette

Rules of etiquette for toasting are simple and easy to remember. When toasting ensure your glass is at least two-thirds full. The type of drink is traditionally champagne or wine but any liquid will work including sparkling water, sodas or juices. The important thing is to never toast with an empty glass. If attending a large wedding, it is not necessary after the toast to clink your glass with others. Always participate in a toast; it is considered impolite to refuse. Stand when delivering a toast, at the end of your toast raise your glass even higher. Applause is not necessary after a toast; the raising of glasses is considered acknowledgement.

How to Plan Toasts

Select a toastmaster for your wedding; this can be anybody from the best man to the DJ. Decide who will toast at your wedding including wedding party members, parents, close friends and family. Prepare a master list of speakers, this helps organize who speaks and supports time management. If giving a toast, be positive and try to limit your speech to two or three minutes, not to exceed five minutes, particularly at the wedding reception. Keep in mind, this is a special day for the newlyweds and you do not want to intentionally draw attention away from the couple.

Rehearsal Dinner 

At the rehearsal dinner, the host or the groom’s father initiates the first salute to the couple. The first toast usually begins during the serving of the main course. After the first toast, the bride’s father toasts second then the mothers of the bride and groom, the best man and the matron of honor, attendants and lastly, anyone else desiring to wish the couple well. Toasts continuing longer than five minutes are perfectly acceptable at a rehearsal dinner allowing more time for personal anecdotes and stories.

Wedding Reception

The wedding reception is the last opportunity for well-wishers to toast the newlyweds. Toasts usually begin during the first course of dinner. The host of the wedding is the first to toast (usually this is the father of the bride), followed by the Best Man and Maid of Honor. There are no hard and fast rules for toast edicts. Ultimately the marrying couple has the last say on who toasts and in what order.

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