A toast should have a smooth welcoming intro and an emotional, happy end. We have some tips on how to capture a room and deliver a moving speech.
Write it down.
Don’t be afraid to write your speech down and have some cue cards to reference. That doesn’t mean, don’t practice you speech at all, but have them so you can naturally glance down if you get stuck.
Know your audience.
Remember who is in the room. You don’t want your toast to become a giant inside-joke that only a few people understand. A toast should appeal to everyone, be inclusive and unite a room. Focus on highlights about the bride and groom that most everyone will know and save the embarrassing stories for another time.
Always check people can hear.
No matter how good this toast is, guests won’t be able to hear if you are mumbling. Be sure to project your voice and at the beginning ask and make sure everyone can hear you.
How to add humor and get a laugh.
Think of silly things that will make the room smile. Any funny story about someone should always be told with a big dose of love. This isn’t a place to settle scores or tell anyone off.
How to bring a tears.
Pull shamelessly on heartstrings by bringing up someone’s finest hour, or their darkest hour when a huge life event happened. If it’s appropriate and fitting, don’t be afraid to pay tribute to someone who can’t be there but have passed away. If you’re going to do this, make sure you get their names absolutely correct.