LIWW: Toasts

Hey All,

Today I want to talk to you about toasts. Toasts can be one of the best parts of a celebration. This is especially true if they are done right. So I am here today to give you a couple of helpful hints to those of you working on your toasts and speeches for weddings, awards, reunions, anniversaries, etc.

Tip #1: Keep it short.

Especially if before food! People attending do want to hear what you have to say but that’s not all they are there for. Often, too, you aren’t the only person who will be toasting and the people following will be anxiously awaiting their turn!

Tip #2: Keep it simple.

You probably go way back with one half of or both of the couple or the person being celebrated. But you don’t go way back with everyone there. Little funny stories about a person can be cute as long as they’re appropriate but you should really limit it to one. Once there get to be too many stories that those in attendance weren’t part of, people may get bored.

Tip #3: Keep it sweet.

Back to storytelling. Yes, the time the groom was found naked in the local fountain is hilarious. To you and some others. Not so much to his family. If you have a story, however that focuses on how it was obvious they loved each other, go with that. Especially if it came before I love yous were exchanged. Everyone loves those stories and why wouldn’t they? It celebrates that their love is a tangible and electric thing that everyone can feel.

Need help, here’s an example of a rockin’ toast.

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Lots of Love,

Sarah Joy McKenzie

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