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The wedding toast is something not to be taken lightly. Weddings are a special time when two people come together and make a commitment to share life together, forever. This is the time when family and friends join in the celebration of this bond. A wedding toast is an expression of love and support to the newly married couple.

The wedding toast should not last any longer than four or five minutes total. The person giving the toast is usually a family member such as a brother or sister and/or best friends. If several people are toasting, be sure the four to five minutes is divided equally. All glasses to include the person toasting as well as all the guests, should be filled before the toast begins. The speech should be spoken slow and clear and always from the heart.

In a traditional toast, glasses would be gently clinked together once the proposal is made. At that point, everyone drinks as a sign of agreement to the toast. This tradition dates back many years in history when bells were rang or glasses clinked as a way of frightening away evil spirits. Although any beverage can be used for a toast, traditionally, wine or champagne are used. The bride should be served first, then the groom, next the maid of honor, then the parents, and finally, the best man.

A toast should always end with a formal ending to let the guests know the toast is complete. Usually you will hear something like, "Please join me in toasting to the marriage of the bride and groom." Keep in mind that before getting up in front of people, know what you plan to say. Unfortunately, too many times an over exuberant family member has jumped up, spilled the families deepest secrets, and the bride and groom just want like to crawl under the table. While they can be fun, impromptu speeches open the door to disaster.

If the room is large or there are many people, it is important to use a microphone so everyone can hear and make sure the toast is kept appropriate. In other words, no inside jokes should be mentioned just as any special mention that would label a relationship. For example, you do not want to start talking about how the two of you have know each other since age two and how your cousin dated the groom's brother, etc. This isolates the guests and only reaches a low number, which is not very polite. Finally, there should be no more than three key points made. Above all else, never make negative comments, even in jest. The last thing a bride and groom want to hear is, "Let's hope this is the only wedding toast I need to make for you two."

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