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Long Island Wedding Planners Provide Tips on How to Give the Perfect Toast

Long Island wedding planning experts and New York wedding planning experts, La Bella Planners, figured that with the 2012 wedding season in full swing, Maids of Honor and Best Men all of the world will be looking for tips on giving a successful toast.  Below, you’ll find 5 tips on how to give a memorable wedding toast to the bride and groom.

1. Remember Your Audience. At most weddings, there will be people of all different ages at the reception.  There will be everyone from grandparents, to coworkers and children.  Keep this in mind when constructing your speech.  Of course you want to get a few laughs, but there is no need to dig a hole that is too deep to crawl out of.

2.  Keep It Brief.  Remember that you are not the main attraction; you are there to say a few kind thoughts about the bride and groom.  The best speeches tend to be 2-6 minutes in length.

3.  Introduce Yourself.   Many of the wedding guests will know that you are the Maid of Honor or the Best Man, but few will actually know your name of your relation to the bride and groom. A couple of sentences of how you met either the bride or the groom would be a gracious way to begin your speech.

4.  Practice! If you are not used to speaking in public, please rehearse your speech in front of a few friends beforehand.  The more you practice, the less likely you will stumble over words and the more confident you will sound.

5.  End The Toast On A Positive Note. Like we stated above, a few anecdotes will enhance your speech and evoke laughter, while going too far could get you into trouble.  Be sure to end your speech with a heartfelt thought and/or wish.  Raise your glass, cheers and go out with a bang.

You are the Maid of Honor or Best Man for a reason.  You signify something very special to the couple.  They want you to be by their side on the biggest day of their lives.  Remember to hold this responsibility with the highest of honor, but enjoy yourself as well.  After all, the reception is intended for everyone to have a good time!

Have you ever been the Maid of Honor of Best Man?  How did you prepare to give your speech?  Let us know, we’d love to hear from you.

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