Client Resources

How To Nail Your Wedding Toast: Tips & Tricks To Help You Shine

Wedding guests cheering and raising their glasses.

Raise a glass to the newlyweds! Weddings are a time of pure joy, and the speeches and toasts are an unforgettable part of the celebration. Whether you’re the best man, maid of honor, or a cherished friend, giving a wedding toast is a lovely opportunity to express your love and well wishes for the happy couple. But, it can be nerve-wracking to speak in public, and crafting the perfect speech to captivate your audience isn’t always easy. If you’ve been given the honor of giving a wedding toast, here are some tips to help you deliver a memorable, heartfelt speech that leaves a lasting impression.

Prepare & Practice

Before the big day, sit down, put pen to paper (or fingertips to keyboard), and jot down all those thoughts and ideas buzzing in your head. Share those sincere sentiments and cherished memories, and express your joy for the couple’s journey ahead. While it’s important to be heartfelt, it’s also important to keep it crisp and concise. Aim for a speech around two to five minutes long, and avoid going on tangents. That way, everyone stays engaged and entertained. As you practice, remember to pay attention to your tone and pace – this is your chance to connect with the audience. So, keep it warm and conversational, with plenty of eye contact.

A bride and groom listening to a wedding toast given by the maid of honor.

Write For Your Audience

One key element of delivering a memorable wedding speech is understanding and connecting with your audience. As you prepare your toast, consider the group of people who will be present at the wedding reception. From close family members and childhood friends to colleagues and distant acquaintances, they come from different walks of life, bridge generations, and carry vibrant cultural backgrounds. You should aim to resonate with all of them and create a warm and inclusive atmosphere. Here are a few tips to know your audience and tailor your speech accordingly.

  • Avoid Inside Jokes: While inside jokes may light up the faces of some, they can make others feel a little left out or disconnected. So, steer clear of referencing events or experiences that only a handful of guests at the wedding would get. Instead, let’s aim for stories and anecdotes that have universal charm and relatability. You want everyone to feel included and engaged, regardless of their relationship with the couple.
  • Be Mindful of Cultural and Religious Sensitivities: Weddings often bring together people from various cultural and religious backgrounds. So, it’s important to honor the diversity in the room and ensure that no one feels left out or uncomfortable. So, skip any statements or jokes that might unintentionally offend. If you do want to incorporate cultural or religious elements, take care to do it with respect and sensitivity. If you’re unsure about anything, it’s better to err on the side of caution and save it for another occasion.
  • Encourage Audience Participation: A great way to engage with your listeners is to invite them to take part in the moment! Ask them fun questions that make them raise their hands and get involved. Stir up collective cheers by inviting them to raise their glasses for a celebratory toast during your speech. When you include guests in this way, you’ll create a great sense of togetherness and shared celebration.

By curating your words to be inclusive and relatable, you’ll create a moment full of meaning and memories for the newlyweds and their lovely guests. Your words will not only celebrate the couple’s love but also bring people together in a shared experience of joy and celebration. So, make that emotional connection, speak from your heart, and leave an everlasting impression on this remarkable day.

The father of the bride gives a wedding toast.

Start Strong

Grab the audience’s attention from the beginning by leading with a strong opening line or a memorable quote about love or marriage. A captivating start sets the tone for the rest of your toast and creates an instant bond with your listeners. Feel free to kick things off with a personal reflection on your special bond with the couple or simply let your excitement and joy pour out as you celebrate their extraordinary day.

Share Heartfelt Stories

The most memorable wedding toasts share personal anecdotes and stories that shine a light on the couple’s journey and all the moments that brought them to this special day. Feel free to share a funny or heartwarming memory that reflects their deep love for each other and brings everyone closer together in joy and laughter. Just remember to keep your stories appropriate for a public setting and highlight the couple’s most amazing qualities. Showcase their unique strengths and the positive aspects of their relationship that make them a perfect match.

Wedding guests raise their glasses and cheer.

Express Gratitude and Well Wishes

Take a moment to express your gratitude for being part of the couple’s special day. Thank the hosts, the couple’s families, and everyone involved in making the wedding a memorable event. Of course, extend your well wishes for the couple’s future and and the beautiful life they’ll create together. Let them know that you believe in their love and support them as they begin this new chapter. Your words of encouragement and support will, undoubtedly, mean a lot to them as they start their journey as a married couple.

End On A High Note

Wrap things up on a note that’s heartwarming and uplifting! Share once more your deep love and well wishes for the couple. Then, with your glass high in the air, make an heartfelt toast to their everlasting happiness. Don’t be afraid to sprinkle in a famous quote or a poetic line that captures the spirit of love and marriage to leave everybody feeling warm and happy.

An Indian bride and groom laugh while listening to a wedding toast.

Remember, a wedding toast is a celebration of love that the couple will hold dear for years to come. So, take time to prepare, speak from your heart, and soak in the joy of this special occasion. With these tips in your pocket, you’re sure to deliver a memorable wedding toast that adds to the magic of the day and creates beautiful memories for the newlyweds and their guests. Cheers to love, happiness, and a lifetime of cherished memories!




Your story matters to me, and it's at the heart of my process. I believe in a personalized approach, getting to know you and your story to capture your wedding authentically while ensuring you can truly enjoy your special day.